Do you ever have those days where the kids spent the entire day whining, you burnt dinner, and you are suffering from a migraine? Okay so your scenario may not be the same, but we all have those days that just don’t go as lanned and we feel more stressed than usual. When I have days like this I look forward to taking a long quiet bath after the kids are asleep. Taking a hot bath can turn my mood around, and also helps with my migraines. Have you ever heard of detox baths? While bubble baths are pretty, and can smell yummy- detox baths can provide your body with many healthy benefits. Below are 5 of my favorites, I will tell you what you need to make your own oasis and also discuss the benefits of each.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Bath – This one may sound a little weird, but I highly recommend this bath after traveling, a hospital visit, or if you have been sick. You will need to add 1/2 to 1 cup of 35% food grade peroxide to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes. I suggest starting with a 1/2 cup to make sure your body does not have any side effects. (food grade is recommended because it does not have any stabilizers like many other types of peroxide do) What will the peroxide bath do for you? It is said to remove toxins from the body, and is also considered a great antibacterial bath. (Peroxide can be drying to the skin so make sure to lotion up after- I recommend coconut oil)
- Baking Soda Detox – I like this bath because I always have a huge box of baking soda in my house. I use it for cleaning my house and cleansing my body. Add 4-6 tablespoons of baking soda to your bath and stir to dissolve. Soak for 10-20 minutes. Soaking in a baking soda bath is great way to soothe skin irritations such as: bug bites, rashes, and eczema.
- Epsom Salt Detox Bath – This may be my favorite of all of the detox baths. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 13, the doctors recommended this bath to me to help reduce inflammation in my joints. Epsom salt baths can also improve sleep and concentration, flush toxins and even help elevate migraines. For this bath I add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil (it is a relaxing scent) and 2 cups of Epsom salt. Make the water as hot as your body can handle, the more you sweat the better- and soak in this bath for at least 20 minutes. (hydrate your skin after the bath but stay away from products with strong perfumes because you have opened your pores while soaking- again I recommend coconut oil)
- Apple Cider Vinegar Bath – As with the Epsom salt bath, this is recommended for people with arthritis or gout to alleviate the pain associated with inflamed joints and muscles. Soaking in apple cider vinegar also helps you sweat out toxins and is known to help with insomnia. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a hot bath and soak for at least 45 minutes. (do not shower for at least 8 hours after soaking)
- Ginger Detox Bath – Soaking in Ginger is a great way to promote energy without ingesting stimulants such as coffee. Taking a bath in a teaspoon or 2 of ginger powder (1/2 grated ginger) will cleanse your body and can also help fight off cold symptoms. The recommended soak time is 15-20 minutes. (you will sweat A LOT during this soak- drink 2 cups of water after soaking you do not want to dehydrate)
If your mind and body are feeling tired and groggy, relaxing in one of these detox baths could be just what your body needs. If nothing else, enjoying 20 minutes or more of silence with yourself is great way to reduce stress. I have an Apple Cider detox bath on my to do list this week, which one would you like to try first?