Bathing for Detoxification
Bathing is an easy, yet incredibly effective way to detox. Hot water opens up pores, allowing toxins to be released through the skin. The heat and water therapy also soothes aching muscles and relieve tension, promoting mental as well as physical well-being. Using detox bath salts turns a simple, soothing bath into a total healing therapy. It is something anyone can do at home to relax, revitalize and renew.
Choosing the Right Salt
What exactly are purifying salts? Table salt, or sodium chloride, is not a therapeutic salt that should be poured in the tub. Sea salts on the other hand have remarkable healing properties. They do contain sodium, as well as other minerals which can be absorbed into the body, such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, potassium, and trace minerals. Mineral content and purity varies with the different types of high-quality salt, for example Indian black salt is high in sulfur, Dead sea salt is rich in essential minerals, Himalayan pink salt is very pure and has as many as 84 trace minerals.
All of these salts are beneficial for detoxification. Their high mineral content promotes the removal of toxins through the skin’s pores. Also, some of the valuable minerals are absorbed by the body, literally providing nutrition while you bath. Through cleansing these salts can be helpful in cases of:
- Adult acne
- Muscle sprains
Epsom salts are also a foundational ingredient in detoxifying baths. They are not actually salt at all, but rather the crystallized formation of magnesium and sulfates. They are called ‘salt’ simply because they look exactly like salt. Like the other salt crystals, epsom salts are effective at purifying the body by encouraging the release of toxins through sweating. They are also an excellent source of two anti-aging minerals. Magnesium helps to prevent the calcification of soft tissue, and is needed for heart, nervous system, and bone health. Sulfur protects the body from damage due to pollution and toxins.
Cleansing Essential Oils
Essential oils do not merely add fragrance to bath salts. They have their own healing benefits as well. The following oils are helpful for detoxification:
Lavender has an overall balancing effect on the body. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and beneficial for treating skin conditions such as eczema and acne. It has a calming effect on the mind.
Geranium improves circulation, balances and relaxes.
Juniper is a specific detoxifying essential oil. It is great in detoxifying blends for arthritis, cellulite or simply for a thorough removal of toxins. Juniper can be irritating so test a small amount (one drop diluted in a little water) on the skin first.
Frankincense is another purifying oil. It is believed to rejuvenate skin, and also calm breathing and the mind.
Peppermint improves circulation and encourages the release of toxins through sweating.
Rosemary will also stimulate circulation, which enhances toxin removal. It is also a mental stimulant, and useful for cellulite.
Eucalyptus has a balancing effect and is a potent disinfectant.
Hyssop is another general detoxifying oil.
Recipe for Purifying Salts
To make your own detox bath salts at home, you will need:
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 12 drops of essential oil of choice
Mix the salts together in a bowl. Add the essential oils. Pour this mixture into running bath water. Soak for twenty minutes. For best results, don’t towel-dry after bathing; let your body continue sweating for another fifteen minutes. Lay down on a towel, with another towel covering your body. Make sure you are warm and comfortable. This is a good time to recover from the purifying bath — the rapid release of toxins can be overwhelming. Drink a glass of juice, herbal tea or room temperature water, and relax.
Taking a detox bath for purification is incredibly soothing. Try mixing different essential oils, such as peppermint and rosemary for an energizing detox, or lavender and frankincense for a more calming bath. Enjoy the experience, and the results.
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