Women do a lot. We work, go to school, take care of children, cook, clean and maintain various levels of an active social life. It’s hard to keep it together and one thing’s for sure – it’s important to take time to care for ourselves and rejuvenate so we don’t deplete our energy. A detox bath is one way to couple relaxation with health as it allows you to soak away your worries and cares while removing damaging toxins from your system. The following recipes can be made with ingredients you probably have lying around your house. For each of these, add the ingredients as you fill your tub with HOT water. Let it cool down to a point that’s comfortable before you get in––but the warmer the better.
This simple bath only requires a half cup of freshly grated ginger. Soak in the hot bath for about 20 minutes and then rinse off in cool water. The ginger raises your body temperature, causing you to release toxins as you sweat.
Baking soda milk bath
This recipe calls for two cups of powdered milk (any variety you want – goat milk, coconut milk, etc.), one cup of baking soda and one cup of cornstarch. Add soothing essential oils and kick back.
Citrus and clay detox
Dissolve one cup of Epsom salts and half a cup of bentonite clay into your bath with a blend of lemon and orange essential oils. Use about five to seven drops of each oil for a refreshing and invigorating bath.
Pour one to two cups of apple cider vinegar as you draw your bath. This detox recipe has a strong aroma but it works wonders to relieve and reduce joint and muscle pains and combat natural body odors. Soak for about 30-45 minutes.
Add two or more cups of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of dried ginger powder for an oxygen detox bath. In addition to pulling toxins out of your body, the ginger in this bath can also help with congestion – an added bonus in this soothing soak. Relax for about 30 minutes.
DIY bath salts
Make a larger batch of your own personalized bath salts by mixing your favorite essential oils (lavender is great for relaxation while eucalyptus can add moisture to your skin) with Epsom salts, clay or baking soda. Add food coloring for a more personalized look and store in an airtight glass container. A basic recipe is one and a half cups of Epsom salt, half a cup of baking soda and about 9-10 drops of your favorite oil. Add a half cup of regular salt, bentonite clay, dead sea salts (or all of the above) if you’re feeling extra fancy.
These refreshing baths are a great addition to your springtime self-care regimen!