On De-Stressing: Detox Bath

Christmas 2015 doesn’t really feel all that Christmasy. Maybe its the higher than normal temperatures, Christmas Eve in Rhode Island is supposed to reach sixty-five degrees. Despite the warm weather making us feel like its September and not December Christmas is still the most stressful time of the year.  Going to the store for even the smallest of things becomes an epic ordeal, we have holiday meals to prep for, plus attending all the holiday office parties- which leave little time to unwind and can be stressful in itself. A relaxing detox bath is just the ticket you need to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. I put up some lights in my bedroom for calming glow at night and after a detox bath my bedroom becomes a mini-retreat. I need this after a hectic weekend.

Why a Detox Bath?
It is something simple I can do at home that relaxes me and contributes to my overall health. An easy healing therapy that facilitates our body’s natural detoxification system. It is recommended to do one at least twice a week. I wish I could but I try to do one once a month.

My Basics
Baking soda-neutralizes chemicals like chlorine in this Rhode Island water.
Epsom salt-draws out toxins, is a stress reliever, improves sleep and concentration.epsom-salt-e1377029973453
pink-himalayan-bath-salt-crystalsHimalayan Pink Salt. I am currently a bit obsessed with the Pink Salt, I just discovered it about a year ago and use it in my food, my coffee facial scrubs, and now my bath.- The replenishing nutrients in Himalayan Pink Salt helps to stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Naturally rich in nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with pink bath salt is a healing and therapeutic experience for mind and body.

Essential Oils
Peppermint– Peppermint is a natural energy booster. I keep some on my desk and take a whiff of it when I feel my concentration levels dipping. I add a few drops in my bath to give me that pleasant lift
Lemon– Lemon oil is calming in nature and therefore helps in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. It has the ability to refresh the mind by creating a positive mindset and removing negative emotions. It is also believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness.
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Other oils I  may switch up and use are lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oil.

Combine
1. Run hot water into the tub. You want it to be good and hot to make your body sweat. In the winter I may crank up the heat a bit and close the bathroom door to get a sauna effect.
2. Add about a cup of baking soda. Remember it helps to clarify harsh water from the tap
3. Pour in one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of himalayan or sea salt. You can just pour 2 cups of Epsom salt but I’ve been mixing it up lately and so far I love this combination
4. Drop about five to six drops of your essential oil (I’m using peppermint at this time) into the water
5. Slide in and immerse as much of yourself into the water as possible and sit for 20minutes. This is a soak NOT a bath so use no soaps you are letting your body release toxins not taking more in.
6. After 20mins or so ease out of the tub. You will feel lightheaded and somewhat drained so be careful.
7.Your pores are wide open so use a natural moisturizer like avocado oil or coconut oil no perfume lotions.
8. You’ll want to make sure you clean the tub throughly because of the toxin waste left behind.
9. Retreat to a personal space and continue to let your body relax.

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During this hectic time of the year your body, mind, and soul will thank you for the moments of calm.

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