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Self Care at Home

Our step-by-step DYI to the perfect healing detox bath

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Epson salts
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 8–10 drops lemon or lime essential oil
  • 8–10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • Rinsed and chopped lemongrass stalks
  • 1–2 thinly sliced lime (into wheels)
  • hot water (for a bath)

Step One: Make your bath salt detox mixture

In a medium bowl, mix the salt and baking soda until well blended. Stir for 1–2 minutes to properly mix the essential oils into this homemade bath salts recipe. The citrus scent is vibrant and invigorating. You can store the salts and add the fresh lemongrass and lime after you fill up your bathtub.

Step Two: Make sure you are properly hydrated

A detoxing bath is supposed to be intense, drawing out all sorts of impurities from your body. Making sure you’re well hydrated beforehand will help prevent any unintentional damage to your body during the process. It is recommended to drink 1 full glass of room temperature water before your bath.

Step Three: Dry brush your skin

Your skin is the largest organ and the first line of defense from chemicals and bacteria. By helping your body shed dead layers of skin, you are also removing these harmful agents. Dry brushing also speeds up your lymphatic system's ability to eliminate waste. Use a dry brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body. When choosing a brush, pick one that feels nice on your skin. Dry brushing should not be painful.

Step Four: Fill up the bath with water and add your detox mixture

Fill up the tub as much as you can, with the water as hot as you can stand it. This will help the bath be most effective in drawing out toxins. Of course, use common sense when it comes to the temperature of the water. Go with the temperature that feels most appropriate for you and your skin. Keep in mind, part of the goal of a detox bath is to sweat. You want water that will be warm enough to aid in the sweating process. While the tub fills with water, add your detox mixture.

Step Five: Soak for 20 to 40 minutes

You will notice yourself start sweating after just a few minutes in your detox bath. This is your body expelling toxins. If you start to feel too hot during your soak, add cool water to the tub until you are comfortable.

Step Six:  Get out of bath slowly and dry off

After the recommended time, exit your bath carefully. Sometimes you can be lightheaded after a detox. Continue to drink water to flush out your system and let your body rest and recover. After the bath, brush your skin down again using sweeping strokes aimed toward your heart. This can further aid with the release of toxins.