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I love taking a bath at night as a way to relax and unwind, they have long been a place a solace and restoration for me. When I pregnant with Penelope, I took one every night and used that time to talk and connect with her spirit. They are the most cost effective self care/body work therapy if you can’t afford a massage or acupuncture appointment from a professional.
When I was in massage therapy school 13 years ago, I learned about Epsom salt baths as a way to detox and sooth sore muscles. I was taught that it was a great thing to do after you get a massage to deepen and elongate the therapeutic effects of the massage. The massage gets toxins to moving out of the lymphatic system and then the sulfates in the salt is what helps detox the body and skin. And the magnesium in it helps restore your body’s nutrient stores, but just FYI, it is not the most effective way of increasing magnesium if you have a deficiency, using a magnesium lotion is.
However, very recently I learned that Epsom salt contains lead in it. So while it does have many therapeutic effects, the way it is made in the US puts lead into to it, so you are basically putting lead into your body by soaking in it. SO, the alternative, with the same therapeutic effects is straight up sea salt.
Sea salt is great for taking away pain when you have aching sore muscles and when you are detoxing from other things like yeast or sugar cleanse and you feel like crapola.
Sea salt is safe for kids too. When Penelope was a baby, we would take baths together and they were so calming to her, the warm water and skin to skin were big reasons that it was so comforting to her, but the sea salt just took it to another level of healing and comfort. I still give her some sort of detox/balancing bath once a week.
Most people and places will recommend about a half of a cup into a full bath, but I have always done two heaping cups or more. I am not sure what the ratio of bath water to salt is exactly, but know I have a larger than average bath tub. Just listen to your intuition or pocket book (sea salt can be pricey).
Over the years I have added in other things to vary up my detox bath, although salt remains my favorite and easiest (because you can store the salt next your bath and just dump it in before you get in). Here are some other detox bath ideas:
*Spirulina/Seaweed Powder. Yup, the same kind you put in your smoothies. Algae contains numerous vitamins and amino acids, which help to eliminate harmful toxins, nourish the skin, and increase circulation.
*Apple Cider Vinegar. This is detoxifying in general, but it also helps get your body back to a normal and healthy pH balance by getting excess uric acid out. Also great for killing yeast and if you have itchy skin from a rash or insect bite.
*Ground Ginger. Either straight up sprinkled in from your spice cabinet or turn your whole tub in to a pot of tea, but steeping some ginger tea bags in your bath tub. The ginger heats up your body and aids in the detox, especially if you are trying to detox out a flu bug or cold virus.
*Essential Oils. Tea Tree oil and Eucalyptus are oils that actually aid in detoxification. I also add lavender or one of my go to blends because they take the relaxation to whole other level.
*Baking Soda. This is cleansing but also anti-fungal, so great if you are doing a parasite or yeast cleanse detox. Baking soda is great to detox from radiation type stuff, X-rays, cancer treatment, etc and also helps restore Ph balance from being too acidic.
*Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide destroys toxins, organisms, and even pulls out the residues left by soap. It’s a great teeth whitener too, just FYI.
*Bentonite Clay. This stuff is amaze balls. It actually binds to chemicals in your body when you ingest it, but it also works great in the bath. It will also bind to any chemicals in your water so that you are not actually putting chemicals in your body by sitting in a bath with chemical water or in a bath tub that is leaching lead (only the old ones), that you are trying to get out! Beware that it could clog up your bathroom pipes.
Before you start your bath you should drink a full glass of room temperature water (cold water hurts your digestion) and then another while you are in the bath. So that you can immediately pee out some toxins after the bath. Then drink another glass after the bath. I would say it feels like drinking double the amount of water you are used too.
If you can get a massage before your bath, or give yourself a massage before, (I go over how to do that in my ecourse that comes out this week), but anything that would increase your circulation, like yoga or working out is great too.
Doing some skin brushing before your bath would be awesome too. No real fancy or specific way to do this, just brush your whole body and always go towards your heart.
Stay warm after your bath. For me, that means, putting on thick winter jammies and getting straight into bed and under the covers and often laying on top of a heating pad. Don’t go crazy and get overheated, and sweating is a great detox tool, but what you are going for is to just keep the body warm.
And remember with any type of detox thing, you can feel detox symptoms which can be a whole laundry list of symptoms and are different for everyone, but most often they just make you feel like shit and that you are sick.
You can mix and match and switch up types of detox baths as much as you want, there is really no rules other than listening to your body and your instincts about what your body needs and when.
**Do not do any heavy duty detox while you are pregnant or nursing, including some of these baths.**
Sea Salt and Spirulina powder are ok to do while pregnant and nursing.