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February 16, 2017
  •  By: Scarlett Foltz

DIY Detox Bath

We are in the midst of flu season, and whether you’re sick, on the verge of becoming sick or just stressed out; below are some easy tips and tricks on how you can help your body detox & distress.

One of my favorite ways to relax and de-stress has always been to take a bubble bath. Whether my muscles were sore from dance class or I was just stressed out about life, a bubble bath always seemed to help.

A few years ago, I had an awful cold and I literally tried everything to feel better. I took cold medicine, ate chicken noodle soup, drank a lot of water, and slept for hours, but nothing seemed to help me. I decided to turn to my good friend Google and searched for “How to Get Over a Cold Fast” and that’s when I discovered detox baths.

A detox bath is typically made with Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, which not only draws out toxins, but has health benefits of its own: They ease stress and improve sleep and concentration. They also help muscles and nerves to function properly. Putting it simply a detox bath encourages the body to flush out toxins.

There are several kinds of detox baths but the one that helped to cure my cold was my absolute favorite because it worked and fast! Within an hour after taking my bath, I was feeling much better.

  

Cure Your Cold Detox Bath Ingredients:
•1 cup epsom salt
•1/2 c baking soda
•4 T ground ginger (more or less depending on your tolerance)
•10 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions: 
•Make sure the water is hot! Once it fills about half way, sprinkle in your ingredients and give it a few big stirs with your hand to help it all dissolve. Heat up the water as hot as you can stand it and also stay in the bath as long as you can. You will start sweating a lot but that’s a good sign! That means the toxins are leaving your body.
•Try to soak for about 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes is to extract toxins while the second 20 minutes is when the body begins to absorb the minerals.

Did you know the anti-inflammatory gingerols and shogaols in ginger root help to relieve a sore throat, and they also kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place? Ginger also makes you sweat quite a bit which is one of the best and most affordable ways to detoxify your body.

When you get out of the bath make sure to drink plenty of water and rest for at least 30 minutes. You will be feeling better in no time!

What’s your favorite detox bath?

Cheers,
Scarlett

Scarlett is a lifestyle blogger living in the moment. She focuses on mind & body, home décor, travel and a splash of fashion. When Scarlett is not blogging you can find her hiking, cooking, painting, at yoga or snuggling with her Great Pyrenees puppy, Winnie. Follow her on Instagram: @thescarlettsocial

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