I’m in the final stages of putting together a detox cleanse program. One thing I recommend doing during this cleanse is a detox bath. There are products on the market you can buy to do this, but it is much easier – and less expensive – to put all the ingredients together yourself. You probably have all the ingredients in your house already.
There are also many versions of a detox bath. As part of the program, I will go over the different types so you can decide which one works best for you. The Ginger Detox Bath is one popular version.
But why do a detox bath, you make be asking. When we say we are doing a cleanse or detox, we often are referring to the process we go through to clean out our digestive system. All the work is internal. As you break things up, though, all those toxins have to go somewhere. The skin is the biggest detoxifying organ you have, which is why it is often called the third kidney. The most common way we detox is through our skin with our sweat. That is why you will also see an exercise component to be used during the detox. Nothing overly strenuous, just enough movement to get you to sweat a bit.
The detox bath is another great way to sweat out those toxins – and it’s a lot more relaxing. This bath is also great to do at the first sign of illness, but if you do it once a week, it will help you eliminate what you’ve some of the toxins that you have accumulated and are built up.
The benefits of the ingredients in this detox bath are:
- Epsom Salts – These help make you sweat, reduce inflammation, and relieve muscle aches. If you ever buy bath salts, epsom salts are the main ingredient.
- Coarse Sea Salt – Another common ingredient in bath salts. They help leach out toxins, and soothe open sores or blemishes.
- Ground Ginger – This will increase your circulation, open your pores, and make you sweat!
- Fresh Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is naturally rich with fruity acids and naturally occurring sugars. It will help with many problems from sloughing off dead skin cells to reducing age spots. It will also help boost your skin’s collagen production.
Important considerations before taking this bath:
This bath can be fairly dehydrating, so make sure you drink plenty of water during and after the bath. I usually have my Mason jar full of water with me when I do this, and end up drinking the entire jar during the bath, and then drink another jar after the bath.
When you’re getting out of the bath, please be very careful and move slowly. You may feel weak or light-headed if you stand up too quickly. I often have my husband on hand just to make sure.
You will probably feel tired right afterwards, so take this bath at a time when you can go right to bed.
Also, please don’t take a detox bath if you are pregnant, have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or if you are diabetic. If you are not sure, talk with your doctor first.
If you start to feel like you have the flu – achy or chilled – don’t be worried. While your body works to detox and flush out the toxins, you may feel a bit under the weather for about half a day. That usually means it’s working. Stay hydrated to help your body clear out the toxins, and you should be up and running in no time. This is another good reason to do this part of a detox when you have some downtime.
Detox Ginger Bath Recipe
- 1/3 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger. You can use chopped fresh ginger if you’d like, but make sure you put it in a tea ball or cheesecloth to prevent loose pieces from clogging your drain.
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Draw a bath, as hot as you can tolerate. You want it hot enough to sweat, but not so hot that your heart is racing. If it’s too hot, you will lose metabolic enzymes that are needed to repair your body.
- Pour the dry mixture in the bowl into the tub, then add in the lemon juice. The flowing water will help mix it in.
- Soak in the bath for 20 – 30 minutes. As the water cools, it also draws toxins out of your body.
- If you want to stimulate your lymphatic system, gently rub your skin towards your heart. This will also help clear out toxins.
- When you get out, pat yourself dry.
If you like this bath, you can always make a bulk version of the dry ingredients to have on hand for future use. It would also make a nice gift. Keep a tag on it to remind you of the amount you should use. If you make this in bulk, I would use between 3/4 – 1 cup in your bath, then squeeze in the lemon juice.
Combine this detox bath with a detox smoothie, and you are on your way to great health!