This is the first blog in a series of simple detox methods anyone can do. It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t enjoy a good soak, so I’m kicking off this series with the many varieties of detox bath salts, specifically Epsom Salts
Detox baths are an external detox. Generally speaking, salt baths work through osmosis. Osmosis happens when there is a solution imbalance (in this case salt) between two liquids with a permeable barrier. For baths, the liquids are your blood and the bath water, the barrier is your skin. Liquids are transferred between the barrier until both sides have an equal salinity. The idea is that the movement of liquid will draw out toxins. Baths also stimulate you lymph system and several salts have high mineral content which will aid in detoxification well after your bath. Most detox baths are intended to be taken hot to sweat out toxins.
Epsom Salt Detox Bath
Every drug store carries Epsom Salts so they are a very cheap and readily available detox medium. They usually come in a container that looks like a milk carton and can be found near the first aid stuff. Epsom salts are high in magnesium and help replenish this essential mineral. This kind of bath is best done at night. As if baths don’t make you sleepy enough, magnesium is a muscle relaxant as well. This is the first kind of detox bath I tried. It’s very simple, but does require some attention to detail.
Epsom salt baths are intended to be taken hot. If at any time you feel lightheaded or dizzy, add cool water to the tub or put a cold washcloth on your head. Drink LOTS of water. Get out of the tub very slowly. If you have any medical conditions, check with your doctor before preforming any kind of detox. Hot baths are not recommended for people with high blood pressure.
What You Need:
- 2 Cups Epsom salts (over 100 lbs) or 1 Cup (under 100 lbs)
- 1 Gallon of cool water with ice and lemon (lemon aids detoxification)
- Bowl of ice water and washcloth
- 2 Cups Baking Soda (makes the water alkaline, draws out acidic toxins)
- 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil
Shower and wash thoroughly before taking a detox bath. Dissolve Epsom salts and baking soda in a hot tub. If using essential oils, add them to the running water as your tub fills. Run the bath as hot as is comfortable, keeping in mind the above caution. If this is your first detox bath, only stay in for a short amount of time (probably no more than 20 minutes, but this entirely depends on how you feel). A recommended length of time is 40 minutes, but longer or shorter baths are still effective. I find the heat is more bearable with a cold washcloth on the forehead. You may need to sit on the sit of the tub or get out for a short period if it becomes too hot. Remember to stay hydrated! You probably wont drink the entire gallon of water, but it’s good to have around just in case. When you’re finished, drain the tub and get out slowly. Some weakness is to be expected. Some people recommend showering again after the detox bath, others say that it’s best to air dry, letting the mineral-rich water soak into your skin.
Depending on your health and the length of your bath, you may notice the water change color due to toxins being drawn out. Usually the water gets kind of milky, but it can even have a brownish tint for some people, particularly smokers.
This kind of detox can be done as often as you’d like. And if you enjoy taking baths, this is a super easy way to incorporate detoxing into your routine.