Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Favorite Detox Bath Ingredients {Five Favorites}

I used to hate to take a bath. I did not find it relaxing. I thought it was pretty gross. Plus, I have sensitive skin, and I never found a bubble bath that left my skin feeling soft and refreshed. Then I read how beneficial a detox bath can be for my health and well being, so I decided to try it. I am so happy that I did! 

Taking a detox bath after a long day helps me sleep better and, with some or all of my favorite ingredients, helps my dry, itchy skin feel calm and smooth. 

1. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - 2 lbs  - Bentonite clay pulls toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals from the pores of the skin. Originally, I bought this to use as a facial mask for my teenage son who has acne. He mixes it with apple cider vinegar and applies it to his face twice a week. His pores are smaller and he has had fewer breakouts since starting to use this regularly. I have started using about a fourth of a cup in my bath.

2. BetterBody Foods & Nutrition Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 28 Ounce  - I love coconut oil. I cook and bake with it, and I use it in my bath. Coconut oil contains vitamin E and fatty acids, which means that it has anti-aging and anti-fungal properties. It is also an effective moisturizer. I use about two tablespoons in my bath. It sticks to my skin, and leaves it feeling soft for hours after my bath.

3. Baking Soda   - I am not picky about the brand of baking soda that I use for my bath. I buy the biggest box that I can find when I am out shopping. Baking soda has an alkalizing effect on the body and leaves skin feeling soft. I use about one cup in my bath. Also, I make a paste of baking soda and water to quickly scrub the bathtub down after my bath.

4. Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus Spearmint, 48 Ounce  - Epsom salt helps to relieve pain and inflammation, draw impurities from the skin, and exfoliate the skin. This blend of eucalyptus and spearmint is restorative and refreshing and is my favorite Epsom salt mix to use. I use about two cups in my bath.

5. Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Chamomile, 48 Ounce  - For a more calming experience, this Chamomile solution is nice.

How I Take A Detox Bath
I make the water as hot as I can stand it, and I pour the ingredients in while the tub is filling up and swish them around.

There are different opinions as to how long one should remain in a detox bath. Some people say no more than 20 minutes, but others advise at least 40 minutes. I soak for 40 minutes.

I use a cotton washcloth to scrub my skin gently in a circular motion to help exfoliate and promote circulation.

Once the water has drained from the tub, I wipe it down with a rag and baking soda paste to remove residue from the coconut oil.

I never thought that I would love taking a bath, but I enjoy them very much. A long hot bath helps ease my muscles and relax my mind.  And my skin has never felt better!

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  1. Interesting! I've been using epsom salts in the bath lately, for myself and my kids. I've read your body takes in magnesium that way, which is a nutrient many people are deficient in. . . . Do you use all these ingredients at once? If not, which combinations do you use?

    1. I have used them all at once, but sometimes I just use one of the Epsom salt soaking solutions, baking soda, and coconut oil. It depends on what I have on hand although I do restock all of them regularly.

  2. Great recommendations. :) I need to get my hands on some bentonite clay!


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