To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than taking a hot bath. When I was a little girl, it was all about the bubbles!
I’ve always been a lover of bath stuff- bath bombs, bath bubbles, bath salts- you name it, I’ve tried it!
The poopy part is that most of these items are FULL of hormone-disurpting chemicals. Not to mention they can cause vaginal yeast infections by upsetting the pH of your delicate lady flower- and that’s everything BUT relaxing.
So what’s a bath lover to do?
My ritual is to do a detox bath. A detox bath has totally natural ingredients that not only help you to feel peaceful, but also provide some health benefits.
I like to do this weekly, but I increase it when I’m doing a detox or cleanse, to assist my body in detoxifying deeper. I recommend using this detox bath to the lovely ladies who participate in the Happy Hormones Project Detox.
Here’s the scoop on the bath, followed by the easy recipe.
Adding baking soda to your detox bath will help to neutralize the chemicals in the water, like chlorine, if you do not use filtered water in your bath. It’s also helpful for assisting the pH of your skin.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is rich in natural minerals, vitamins, probiotics and enzymes. Supplying these nutrients to the body is super important when you’re detoxing, as it helps all the systems in the body to purge out toxins. It also assists in balancing the pH of your skin. If you have itchy skin or other skin problems, soaking in water with this vinegar can be very helpful. Note this is not recommended if you have open sores.
Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate- a mineral your body needs abundantly. Epsom salts help to draw toxins out of your skin and you absorb some of the magnesium through your skin, restoring your body’s levels of the mineral. Magnesium plays a critical role in over 300+ reactions in the body, including relaxing your muscles and nerves (by-by muscle tightness and anxiety!), reduces inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout our bodies. A huge benefit many people see when soaking in an epsom salt bath is better sleep. Magnesium is a fantastic muscle relaxant, making it excellent for those who are restless at night. NOTE: only purchase unscented epsom salts. The idea is to get rid of the chemicals, and you’ll be adding your own scent with essential oils.
Ground Ginger Powder
The ground ginger powder is simply the same thing you’d use to spice your food. I buy mine at my local bulk foods store so I can get more than those little spice packets sold in the grocery store. The ginger is anti-inflammatory, and encourages sweating. When you sweat a lot in the bath, you’re releasing more toxins. You’ll need to rinse out your tub after the bath when using ginger.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts from various plants. Please note that I do not recommend taking essential oils internally. My favourite relaxing oils to use in the bath are lavender, chamomile, clary sage, bergamot, geranium and vanilla. If you are sick, eucalyptus and peppermint make great additions to the bath.
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- 1-2 cups epsom salts
- 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 2 tbsp ground ginger powder
- 5-10 drops total of your favourite essential oil(s)
- Put all ingredients in a fairly hot bath. Not hot enough to scald, but the idea is to sweat those toxins out!
- Bring a large glass of water into the bath with you. You will sweat, and so it’s important to replenish hydration. You could add some Vitamin C powder to the drinking water if you wish.
- Soak in the tub for 20-40 minutes.
- Get out of the tub slowly, and continue to drink water after the bath.
- You may want to time this bath right before bed. Most women find it makes them quite sleepy, and they sleep like a baby.
- You can also replenish your electrolytes after the bath with coconut water or water with a little bit of grey sea or pink himalayan salt and some vitamin C powder.
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