We've all been there...believe you me, we have ALL been there (well...nearly all of us!). It's the morning after the Christmas party. You wake up with a fuzzy head, aching limbs and a mouth that tastes like an ashtray.
Vague memories and recollections slowly start coming back to you....dancing like your life depended on it, challenging your boss to a limbo competition and then telling him or her what you really think about their management technique, as you slowly start to pull the bedcovers back over your head...but then you realise you'd promised to meet up with friends, do some last minute Christmas shopping, go and see the relatives, sort out the washing....
So what steps can you take to start feeling "normal" again?
Aside from the most common hangover "cures" such as a fry up, a detox bath can really help rid your body of all those toxins and help to start making you feel your usual self. You don't need the most luxurious freestanding bath on the market. Just your own bathroom, a few simple ingredients and a tiny bit of preparation.
There are a few things you can do pre-Christmas Party to ensure you are all ready for the morning after:
1. Declutter your bathroom
The last thing you'll want to do the morning after a heavy night is clear your bathroom of potions, lotions and ointments. Make sure once you've applied your make up, you clear up. Also, you simply won't be able to relax properly if your bathroom is an absolute mess!
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2. Buy your ingredients
As you will see below, there are many tried and tested traditional, natural additives that can be used in a detox bath to great effect. It may be best to cover all bases when it comes to which particular ailment you want to treat (sore head, aching limbs etc). So make sure you have your bath ingredients already stocked up.
3. Warm your towels
Particularly important at this time of year. Make sure you have a couple of nice, big, fluffy towels placed on your radiator or even better still, a heated towel rail. Also, make sure the bathroom is adequately heated, so when you finally rouse from your slumber, you'll be welcomed into a lovely warm, comforting room, instead of receiving a nasty cold shock!
The detox bath
Detoxification baths can have a very therapeutic effect, in a way that a quick shower in the morning can’t always provide. Deeper cleansing, specific benefits for recovery from injury and long term treatment of chronic ailments can also be ways in which a detox bath can have extremely positive effects. And when it comes to that post-party hangover, there's no exception!
A cleansing bath works because hot water draws toxins to the surface of the skin and as the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled into the water by osmosis. By adding various natural additives this process can work more efficiently.
Here are some for you to try:
Sore throat - Baking soda
Many people feel the benefit of a baking soda bath if they are suffering from swollen glands or a sore throat. By dissolving 4 cups of baking soda in a regular sized bath you can get all the positive effects of this long-used method of creating a detox soak.
General ailments - Epsom salts
Epsom salts are another traditional remedy for many everyday ailments, and a modern use for them is as a basis for a detox bath. By using 2 cups worth and soaking for up to half an hour you can gain the benefits of the magnesium sulphate which is readily absorbed by the skin.
You don't necessarily have to have a gorgeous roll top bath...but it helps!
The Epsom Salt Industry Council in the US suggests that an Epsom salts bath has beneficial effects to heart and circulatory health, that it can help ease muscle pain and eliminate harmful substances from the body.
Muscle aches - Cider vinegar
Cider vinegar is an extremely popular natural health supplement for many people who suffer from various digestive and musco-skeletal problems. Although it is usually consumed orally, it can also be used as the basis for a detox bath.
Supporters say that it is a great overall detoxifier and also an answer for relief from muscle aches and pains brought on by physical exertion. Bathing in cider vinegar draws uric acid out of the body and for people with excess levels this can be a great solution for the various problems it causes.
Whether you can actually face cider (in any shape or form) the morning after your party is another matter!
General cleansing - Sea salt and baking soda
Dissolving sea salt or rock salt baking soda in a very hot bath and soaking until the water cools is a step for more dedicated detox bathers. The idea is not to rinse afterwards but simply towel dry after the bath is complete.
Do you have any post party detox bath tips you swear by? Share them with us by commenting below.