Friday, December 27, 2013

DIY: ginger & epsom salt detox bath

Here's a great idea  for anyone who loves SWEATING it out in hot baths, saunas, massages and hot yoga.  This natural detox bath is super simple and rids the body of toxins through your skin.  Here's the breakdown:

Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate):
- eases stress and relaxes the body
- relieves pain and muscle cramps
- aids muscle and nerve function
- relieves constipation
- eliminates toxins from the body

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate): 
- balances an over acidic system
- leaves skin soft
- aids the body in magnesium absorption

Ginger: powder or fresh grated
- "heats" the body
- increases circulation
- opens pores for release of toxins

You may feel your heartbeat getting strong.  TOO HOT TO HANDLE? ... run some cold water to cool down.  Sit back and relax for 20 min or so (no more than 30). 

Take it easy when you get out - your body has been working hard and you may be lightheaded.  No lotions or serums tonight, as your body will continue to detox and sweat for a few hours even after the bath.

Make sure to hydrate with TONS of water - you will be thirsty as heck.  You may feel lightheaded when waking as well (possibly even flu-y) - but this is a good sign of releasing those toxins.  Continue to drInk that water!

P.S. This detox can be a powerful one - do not take it if pregnant or have heart or health issues.