Enter the exception to the rule this year: after reading about detox baths, I'm quite intrigued. I've been taking baths my entire life (I literally swear by their relaxation properties), so from the very start this seemed like something I would be into. As a teenager, whenever I would get a horrible sunburn that I didn't want my parents to lecture me about, as soon as I got home from the beach I would fill up the tub and throw in milk and oatmeal to calm my skin. Post-bath, I would spend hours lathering myself in aloe vera. It worked MIRACLES by the next day. I'm not even joking. So, reading about detox baths suggesting to put other fun ingredients into the tub? Sure, I can do that.
Epsom salts are amazing for a number of different reasons - first and foremost, they are the superman of minerals. When placed in a hot bath, Epsom salts - or Magnesium Sulfate - create a warming sensation, aiding circulation to help heal muscle pain, soreness, swelling, and tension. They also help to ease insomnia, ensuring that you to fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Taking Epsom salt detox baths have been seen to help people fight off colds and infections, regulate enzyme activity, improve oxygen use, and ease headaches.
But enough with the chit chat - here's my go-to recipe for the best ever detox bath! Pour into a hot (as hot as you can stand it) bath as the water is running, then soak with the water up to your neck for 35 to 40 minutes. Afterwards, you can take a short cold shower if you want, but generally I just towel off and get into some clean pajamas and head straight to bed. These baths make you pretty tired, so sleeping after will sound like a dream (pun intended).
HTP's Epsom Salt Detox Bath
1. 2 Cups of Epsom Salts (you can buy then at the drugstore, usually - I like these, with lavender scent)
2. 1 Cup of Pink Himalayan Salt (I use this all le time, even in cooking and elsewhere)
3. A Heaping Scoop of cold-pressed Coconut Oil (I swear by this)
4. 2 to 3 Tablespoons of Ground Ginger (or fresh ground ginger, but I like this so chunks aren't floating around in the tub)
The added pink salt serves to restore electrolyte balance and can doubly help to prevent sicknesses and colds alongside the Epsom salts. The combination of the two will lower stress while balancing pH levels. The ginger, by the way, is going to make you sweat - big time. But that's the point of all this, so just go with it! You'll need to drink a ton of cold water (before, during, and after) to ensure that you keep hydrated throughout the process. The coconut oil might seem slippery while you're in the tub, but it's there so your skin doesn't dry up from all the salts post-bath. You'll feel a bit slimy at first, but when you towel off, you'll have uber soft and supple skin that will thank you in the morning!
Have you ever tried a detox bath? What's your favorite combo that packs a punch? Let us know in the comments or shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com. Happy bathing!