A long bath is a real treat any day, but it's especially rewarding on a cold winter day. I head to the tub for easing tension in my body after a long day, to kick the immune system into high-gear when fighting a bug or just for a good-old therapeutic sweat. Oh, and it’s also my go-to hangover remedy (just be sure to drink plenty of water while you’re in there).
Here’s a delightful detox bath recipe :
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup Epsom Salts
- 1 tablespoon of Himalayan Sea Salt
- 5 -15 drops of your favourite essential oil - we recommend Lavender and/or Eucalyptus, or Pine
- Water as hot as you find comfortable
- Drink water while in bath to stay hydrated
- Stay in for as long as it feels good and you aren’t getting light-headed (10-20 minutes does it for me)
- Dark bathroom, lit with candles
- Get out of the bath slowly (you might feel a bit light-headed upon standing up)
- Savasana / Dead Mans Pose / Starfish on your towel somewhere you can relax, sweat and zone out.
Measuring ingredients is good when you start, but as you become a detox bath veteran you can experiment with different quantities of all the ingredients. There’s plenty of literature online if you want to find the benefits of each ingredient. If you are new to these super bathes, try just one ingredient at a time and see how that feels.
If you can’t decide which oils to put in the bath, just smell them and move towards the one that appeals to you most. Since essential oils have so many healing properties, and scent plays such a potent part in their benefits, your body will be attracted to what is good for you in the moment. If you are buying them for the bath, and aren’t familiar with the oil, do double check with the herbalist or read-up on it to make sure it's safe for bathing.
Now, for those who don’t have baths because they think they will get bored here’s a list of things to do:
: Stretch - touch toes, point toes, put your legs up, feel how your body moves when it’s nice and warm
: Self-Massage: lightly massage tense areas or anywhere that feels good (the baking soda makes your skin and the water really soft)
: Listen to Your Heart Beat - it can be surprisingly loud in the tub when you’re hot and your heart is pumping strongly
: Play with Crystals - Bring your favourite crystals into the bath. Imagine them soaking your whole bath with the therapeutic vibrations they have. Balance them on your knees. Hold them in your hand. Bath toys for grown-ups.
: Hydrate - Drink your still or sparkling water - the cold is so nice with the hot
: Adjust Water to Fit - Try turning the tap with your toes! (It's probably not the same for everyone, but I get bored if the water isn’t hot enough)
: Breath - concentrate on as little as three breaths in and out
: Cold Dip - try a little hydrotherapy at the end of your bath ( Spa Scandinave-Style) and have a cold 20 seconds under cold water (for the bath veteran)
10-20 minutes goes by in no time and you are ready to Zen-ouT
We at Sangre de Fruta Botanical are not doctors or medical professionals and the advice in this post and on this website is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or have a health conditions, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine.