Sea Salt Detoxing Bath Soak Recipe
Nowadays, daily bathing is a common practice for all of us – at least I hope it is. Can you even imagine living back in the days when people didn’t frequently wash themselves?! Ew! We bathe for cleanliness, to maintain good hygiene and health, for relaxation, and to help wake us up in the mornings. We make bath time fun for kids with toys and fun soaps so that they too, enjoy the practice of proper hygiene.
Because no one enjoys sitting next to a smelly person and no one wants their kid to be the smelly kid in school. Okay, so maybe that’s a personal opinion. But bathing does have a multitude of health related benefits. And that’s the main reason why it’s important (smelling nice is just a bonus. A very nice bonus.).
Historically, bathing has been used for centuries for purposes other than getting clean. The practice of Hydrotherapy has been a way to rid the body of toxins, prevent illness and disease, and promote overall health.
Even though most of us already practice proper hygiene in an effort to live a healthy lifestyle, incorporating hydrotherapy is still a great addition to your routine. On a daily basis we encounter and consume numerous pollutants, chemicals, and toxins. These can leave us feeling sluggish and run down. Aside from doing an internal cleanse (which is awesome for boosting energy and kick starting a diet) you can also rid your body of all the icky stuff by soaking it out. And the best part? You don’t have to go to a high end spa to reap the benefits.
Most of the ingredients are basics that you may already have in your home!
This easy detox bath will encourage your body to release the buildup of toxins from your skin in a slow, gentle way. The salts decrease inflammation and draws toxins out while the baking soda balances the ph levels in your tissues. Using apple cider vinegar leaves the skin feeling soft and supple and the addition of lavender is a relaxing, calming way to unwind while you soak.
You can do a detox bath once or twice a week, but make sure to do it at the end of your day because the process can leave you a little sleepy!
Sea Salt Detoxing Bath Soak
What to do:
Start by dissolving the salts and baking soda. You need to do this outside of the tub for two reasons: first, you need to use boiling water (and you’re not going to soak yourself in a tub full of boiling water), and second, if you just add the salts and baking soda to your bath tub, you’re likely to feel the grit of the undissolved particles on the bottom of the tub when you get it (not very comfortable or relaxing) and it will be harder to wipe clean after you’ve finished your bath. So- on the stove top, dissolve the salts and baking soda in a few cups of boiling water. Once ingredients have completely dissolved, set the mixture aside to cool while you prepare the rest of your detox bath.
Fill your tub with warm/hot water and add the apple cider vinegar as the water is filling up. Pour in the salt/baking soda mixture and the lavender essential oil and swirl around with your hand to mix the ingredients into the water.
Hop in and relax!
Soak for as long as you like, but make sure it’s at least 30 minutes to maximize the detox benefits. Remember that the detox process can leave you feeling sleepy and sometimes lightheaded, so stand up slowly and carefully as you get out of the bath and be sure to drink water to maintain hydration.
As always, be smart about detoxing!
Sea Salt Detoxing Bath Soak Recipe