There are times when nothing in the world can beat a good long soak in the bath. We all know it, but do we know why?
The therapeutic benefits of a detox bath are well known in ancient cultures. The Romans had elaborate complexes for healing baths, and the ancient Greeks reputedly used seawater and seaweed for detoxification purposes. From mud baths and clay baths to the use of herbs and aromatherapy oils, many substances are said to aid the body’s natural ability to detox.
The skin is the body’s largest organ, covering a total area of around 2 square metres. In terms of physical size, it is your biggest organ of elimination – no surprise, then, that detox baths have long been used to help rid the body of chemicals, toxins and other pollutants.
Benefits of a detox bath
The benefits of a detox bath are manifold and well worth experiencing. Taking a hot bath opens the pores, allowing your body to sweat out the toxins, while the nutrients of the herbs or minerals added to the bath water are absorbed through the skin. It may leave you feeling less stressed, with improved quality of sleep and increased levels of energy, and with better skin.
Perhaps it’s time you took your bath time up a notch with healing baths that are beneficial for your health and wellbeing? If the idea appeals to you, here are 4 detox bath ideas you may wish to try for yourself. Any bathtub will do – although the experience may well be enhanced by a whirlpool bath, such as those on offer at the Bathroom Discount Centre.
As a rule of thumb, 1-2 cleansing baths per week should be ample to encourage gentle detoxification on a regular basis. Obviously, if you have a medical condition or are pregnant, nursing or taking regular medication, you should check with your GP first.
- Basic Detox Bath
Typically, a detox bath contains Epsom Salts, otherwise known as Magnesium Sulphate, to help draw out toxins. Other health benefits include:
- Easing migraine headaches
Reducing stress and improving sleep and concentration
- Helping muscle and nerve function
- Reducing inflammation, relieving pain and muscle cramps
Simply add a handful of Epsom Salts and half a cup of Baking Soda into the hot bathwater before you get in. If you wish, you can also add 10 drops of essential oil (suspended in a carrier oils such as almond or jojoba oil) of your choosing. Lavender has a calming effect, chamomile and rosemary are good for headaches, while peppermint will beat fatigue and grapefruit is uplifting.
Soak for 30 minutes, then rinse of with a cool shower.
- ACV Detox Bath
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is said to have many health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol to lowering blood sugar levels and weight loss. In a detox bath, it could help with inflammation, arthritis and gout.
Add 1-2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar to the running bathwater, then soak in the hot bath for half an hour. It’s a good idea to keep drinking water nearby since this detox bath will make you sweat.
After the bath, dry off but be prepared to continue to sweat for a couple of hours or so afterwards. You may feel sleepy – make sure you have a drink of water before you go to sleep and a glass of water by the bedside to keep hydrated in the night.
- Essential Oil Detox Bath
It’s easy to turn any bath into a sensory detox bath simply by adding some essential oils to the bath water. Depending on your particular condition or whatever ailment you’re hoping to address on the day.
For instance, add rosemary oil to improve memory, ease your digestive system and relieve aches and pain. Eucalyptus oil is great to fight colds and respiratory problems, treat sinus and allergy symptoms, and it has antimicrobial properties too.
- Ginger Detox Bath
Ginger’s many health enhancing benefits are well known. They include anti-inflammatory properties for pain relief in arthritis, while ginger is also helpful for calming nausea, relieving gas, bloating and diarrhoea. Ginger soothes cold and flu symptoms and relieves headaches, calms menstrual cramps, encourages blood circulation and stabilises blood pressure.
For a Ginger Detox Bath, use ½ cup of freshly grated ginger root (or 1 rounded teaspoon of ginger powder) and add it to warm or hot water. Soak in the bath for 20 minutes and be prepared to sweat for an hour or so after your bath. Make sure you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.