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Last week was a very busy week for me, with lots of things going on. All week long I kept adding increasingly to my already busy schedule. By Friday, I was completely worn out, tired and sore.
After I dropped my son off at a high school football game, I ran a detoxifying bath. A detox bath is a great way to help your body get rid of toxins and ease some of these “groggy” symptoms. There are several ways to detox – dry brushing your skin, juicing, drinking detox teas, sitting in a sauna, etc. Taking a detox bath is probably my favorite method.
We all know that our skin is our largest organ. Everything we put on our skin and into our mouth is absorbed by our skin. When you sit in a bath your body temperature rises and your pores open up. As your pores open up you want to make sure you have different “ingredients” in the bathtub to optimize the time you’re spending in there.
2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
Since I’m a big fan of Aromatherapy, I like to incorporate it into my wellness routine. Adding essential oils to my baths feels wonderful because the oils’ scent helps stimulate the relaxation of my body and mind.
I have been using Nature’s Truth® essential oils for years now. Their oils are 100% pure and are derived from all-natural plant sources such as flowers, leaves and roots. The Good Nite™ essential oil is a wonderful blend of lavender, tangerine, bergamot, chamomile, geranium and Frankincense.
This scent is so soothing after a long day and perfect for a relaxing bath. I also love their Lavender essential oil; it’s my go-to essential oil. Nature’s Truth aromatherapy products are very versatile and I use them in many different ways.
The magnesium in Epsom salt helps you relax and ease the tension in your muscles. Baking soda helps eliminate the chlorine in the water.
Run your bath water as hot as you like. Add the “ingredients”. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, I always drink a glass of water. A green smoothie is also very refreshing after a hot bath.
One of the things I like to do when I take a bath is set my mind on something so while I’m in there I can think about it. The scent of an essential oil is perfect to be used alongside this mindful meditation.
It only makes sense to use the 20 -30 minutes of bathing wisely. This is a good time to remind yourself what you’re grateful for… Or perhaps to think about how you can make a difference in someone’s life. Think about how you can make your life better. Make the bath an experience! When you come out, feel like a “new person”. This bath can be your opportunity to get some clarity.
Personally, I go to bed right after my bath. I’m always exhausted after a detox bath, but in the morning, I feel refreshed, energized, and with a new outlook on life.
If you already have all the “ingredients” in your home, make the time and treat yourself to a detox bath tonight. Your body and mind will thank you.
If you’re new to aromatherapy, Walgreens has a wonderful selection on Nature’s Truth Aromatherapy line, which is affordable and pure. You can find them in the Beauty Supplements aisle.
Are you a fan of detoxifying baths? Do you have a favorite essential oil?