When it’s one of my friend’s birthdays I end up either making them something to eat or something to use in the bath, it’s just what I do. I tend to make things for people that I would like to get and those things are always things that can be consumed or used. This is also a great gift to drop off at someone’s house with some Soup if they are not feeling well. Detox bath salts are one of those nice things that are usually pretty expensive in stores for what you get and they are super easy and cheap to make at home. All you need is Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Ground Ginger, Essential Oil and a container. Epsom Salts have some amazing health and beauty benefits, they soothe sore muscles, pain and cramps, ease stress and relax your body and help eliminate toxins and that’s only a few things they can do for you. Baking Soda has great cleansing and anti-fungal properties and it leaves your skin really soft. Ground Ginger increases the heat levels in your body helping you sweat out toxins, it can cause your skin to turn red or even a little irritated so you’ll have to adjust the amount you use according to what you can handle or else leave it out completely. Essential oils can do so many things for you and they all have different benefits depending on what one you chose. Lavender is calming, while Peppermint oil can soothe sore muscles or even help relieve cold symptoms like congestion. Today I used Sweet Orange oil and Tangerine oils. Citrus oils have great antioxidant and immune boosting properties and they are very balancing, they are relaxing and energizing at the same time. There is just something about the smell of citrus that always makes brightens my mood.
Detox Bath Recipe
- 2 Cups Epsom Salts
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Tbl – 1/4 Cup of Ground Ginger, depending on how sensitive your skin is to it, you can even leave it out
- Essential Oil of you choice
When I take a detox bath I just pour everything separately into the bath one by one but if you are giving it as a gift you’ll want to mix it together and put it in some sort of nice jar. If you are making it for a gift just put everything into a container with a lid and shake gently to incorporate a it a little. I start by running the bath as hot as it will go, pouring everything under the tap then mixing it in the water with my hand then I turn down the temperature a little and let the tub fill up, turn it off when its full and leaving the bathroom and closing the door until the water cools off enough to tolerate getting in. Don’t forget you are detoxing so make sure to bring a big bottle of water with you. When you go back into the bathroom it’s filled with steam and the aroma of the oils. Soak in the tub for at least 40 minutes or longer if you can then get out slowly, you will probably be a little light headed from the heat and the tub may be a little slick. Sometimes I even rinse off and wake up under a quick cool shower. If I’m not feeling well in the winter sometimes I’ll get right out and into a thick robe and go right to sleep. Drink lots of water, your body like after getting a massage needs to flush out all those toxins. I do this whenever I feel a cold creeping in, or I’m feeling stressed, but I try to do it at least once a month just to get the day to day toxins out of my system. I even make these baths for my son when he has the sniffles, I just cut all the ingredients in half and use a few drops of Eucalyptus and Peppermint Oil, he calls them spicy baths.