Detox baths are an amazing way to rid your body of impurities and most of all RELAX!
We expose ourselves to toxins on a daily basis, even those of us who do our best to live healthy lifestyles still encounter toxins in the environment and in our foods. Organs like the liver and kidneys filter these toxins out of our systems, but the largest organ of all is the skin.
Your skin can excrete toxins out of your system through holes called (you guessed it) PORES. The warm water of a hot bath helps to open up these pores to allow the skin to become a two way street for letting things IN and OUT.
Here is where the important part comes in, if you are getting the toxins out what do you want to go in to your body?
1. Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)
The staple of the detox bath in our opinion is Epsom salt. About 1/4-1/2 a cup per bath- depending on the size of your tub will do. It's great because of its high magnesium and sulfate contents which can help can help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation.
2. Baking Soda
The human body works best a neutral pH. Acids and bases must be equal in order to achieve this balance. People who eat a Western-style diet consisting of sugar, red meat, cheese and other refined foods have a high acid consumption, which baking soda baths can neutralize. You can also detox your body from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and medications. Baking soda is also great for common skin problems. Add 1/8-1/4 cup baking soda to a bath and mix well while the water is still running for best results.
3. Essential oils
The combinations of essential oils to use in a detox bath are numerous, but we have a few go-to favorites. Lemon is always great for a true detox bath. It's always best to mix the essential oils with the Epsom salt and let them set 24 hours prior to allow for even distribution. Other oils that are great include Peppermint for achy muscles, Eucalyptus for a cold, Lavender if you need to relax, and Frankincense if you need to refocus and recenter yourself.
Whatever you do, make sure that after your bath, you drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself and replace the fluid that you lost during your detox. Soak for 20-40 minutes, or until your kids can leave you alone no longer.
Once you get out of your bath- your pores are going to be very dilated. Now is the perfect time to put on your Medical Mommas products like Tummy Tuck Cream or Lavender Love Story Body Butter. Just remember, you skin is a two way street. Everything you put on it absorbs and gets put into your body.
Look at the ingredients in the products your putting on your family and make sure they are something you are comfortable with them having in their system. If not, check out The Medical Mommas and see why we do our best to make products all natural with love!