If 2021 has left you feeling run-down and exhausted, we’ll show you how to create a relaxing detox bath with everyday household ingredients.
Whilst Christmas is often a time for partying, the dark nights and cold temperatures can also leave you feeling exhausted, run down and in need of some rest. And this is where your bathroom (and specifically your bathtub) can play a big part in giving your health and wellbeing a much-needed boost.
During the festive period, we’re all guilty of indulging a little too much in those things which aren’t particularly great for us, which is why a detox bath is an excellent remedy. As well as ridding your body of toxins, there are several tried and trusted ingredients you can use for specific ailments too. And, even better, most of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboards. But first, let’s prep your bathroom…
Preparing your bathroom for a detox bath
There are a few things you can do to ensure your bathroom is in a suitable state to enjoy your detox bath:
1. Declutter your bathroom
If your bathroom is feeling cramped, cluttered and dirty, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to unwind and relax. Before you do anything, put away lotions, potions and ointments and ensure everything is clean and tidy. This process, in itself, will boost your serotonin levels!
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2. Buy any additional 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 tired, run-down feeling, 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.
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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) during the festive period 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.
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