1.24.2015

Beauty Bag: Your Best Bet DIY Detox Bath Recipe

Beauty trends can be suuuuper weird, y'all. I'm not going to lie to you here. There are a lot of the "trends" that come and go, and most of the time, I don't even think about trying them until I've seen that they can be proven to be somewhat good for you. Remember Oil Pulling? I'm still not totally sold. Don't get me wrong, coconut oil is a miracle worker on all sorts of levels - I just don't want to swish it around in my mouth for an hour (yuk). This is a rule that I've kind of set for myself: watch what happens, if no one dies and you're not fully grossed out by it, then try it.

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.

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There are a few different recipes you can use for your ailments when it comes to detox baths, but the Epsom salt mixture is ideal for day-to-day stress and toxins. Because your skin is an organ, it absorbs a ton of particles from outside your body - including dirt and air pollution. Detox baths work overtime to help you cleanse your body of all these toxins, making you feel more refreshed and clearing up a whole slew of problems.

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 hippieteaparty@gmail.com. Happy bathing!

The reason water as hot as can be tolerated is typically used is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin, as described by Dr. Hazel Parcells in her book The Pioneer Nutritionist  Dr. Hazel Parcells in Her Own Words. Then, as the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled into the water via the principle of osmosis – the weak energy from the cooling water draws from the strong energy from the body heated up initially by the very hot water.
If the wisdom of cleansing baths appeals to you, below is a primer on four different types of therapeutic baths. Generally speaking, a cleansing bath 2-3 times per week with only one per day maximum works well for most people to keep elimination channels open and gently encourage the detoxification process on a regular basis.
- See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/detox-baths-which-ones-are-best-and-for-what-ailments/#sthash.2GKsSiSm.dpuf
 
 
The reason water as hot as can be tolerated is typically used is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin, as described by Dr. Hazel Parcells in her book The Pioneer Nutritionist  Dr. Hazel Parcells in Her Own Words. Then, as the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled into the water via the principle of osmosis – the weak energy from the cooling water draws from the strong energy from the body heated up initially by the very hot water. - See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/detox-baths-which-ones-are-best-and-for-what-ailments/#sthash.2GKsSiSm.dpuf
The reason water as hot as can be tolerated is typically used is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin, as described by Dr. Hazel Parcells in her book The Pioneer Nutritionist  Dr. Hazel Parcells in Her Own Words. Then, as the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled into the water via the principle of osmosis – the weak energy from the cooling water draws from the strong energy from the body heated up initially by the very hot water.
If the wisdom of cleansing baths appeals to you, below is a primer on four different types of therapeutic baths. Generally speaking, a cleansing bath 2-3 times per week with only one per day maximum works well for most people to keep elimination channels open and gently encourage the detoxification process on a regular basis.
- See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/detox-baths-which-ones-are-best-and-for-what-ailments/#sthash.2GKsSiSm.dpu

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