One of my favorite things to do upon returning from a work trip is to take a detox bath. It’s a great way to detoxify heavy metals and radiation from flying.
A detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies we can do to facilitate our body's natural detoxification system. In our modern world, our bodies are subject to more toxins than ever.
Our toxic burden is a result of the toxins we are exposed to and our body's ability to naturally detox. The more toxins we are exposed to, the harder the body has to work at eliminating these toxins.
Toxins are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the personal care products we use, the medications we take and in the water we drink. The list of toxins that could potentially harm our bodies is almost endless; many start their day with a hot shower, the water is contaminated with chlorine, the soap and shampoo is full of chemicals, the toothpaste has fluoride, from there we may have breakfast where the food has been treated with pesticides or even genetically modified.
We haven't even left our house, yet we have been exposed to toxins that can potentially cause poor health.
Detoxification is the body's way of removing and metabolizing these dangerous compounds. It is a process the body does naturally without us even knowing it. However, the capacity of the body's detoxification process is not endless.
While it is impossible to abolish our exposure to all toxins, we can reduce unnecessary exposure, as well as improve our body's efficiency and ability to eliminate them.
Taking a detox bath encourages the body to efficiently flush out toxins, strengthens our immune system and prevents disease.
When metabolic waste from toxins builds up in our body, we get sick.
It is important to enhance our body's ability to detoxify and get rid of the waste, meanwhile minimizing our exposure to toxins. This is imperative for excellent health, as many of today's modern diseases are related to toxicity.
A detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies that can be done to facilitate and enhance our body's natural detoxification process.
• Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
• Help muscles and nerves function properly
• Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
• Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
• Improve oxygen use
• Flush toxins
• Improve absorption of nutrients
• Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
Add a few drops of doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and an otherwise average bath becomes a spa treatment tailored to the needs of your body and mind. Pick your favorites and follow the instructions below for a relaxing bath after a long day.
Essential Oil suggestions:
• Relaxation: Lavender, Calming Blend, Ylang Ylang
• Invigorate: Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Invigorating Blend, Peppermint, Lemon
• Help Open Airways: Respiratory Blend, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
• Better Skin: Melaleuca, Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum
• Muscle Discomfort: Lemongrass, Marjoram
• Soothe Skin: Lavender, Melaleuca
• Immune Boosting: Protective blend or Wild Orange
• Digestive Support: Peppermint, Cardamom, Lemon or Peppermint.
After filling your bath, wait a few minutes for the water to reach a warm temperature. Mix 2 cups Epsom salts and ¼ cup baking soda in a bowl. Adding baking soda to a detox bath helps to neutralize the chemicals in the water, especially chlorine.
Add a few drops of your favorite Essential Oils. I also like adding 1 TBS fractionated coconut oil to my detox baths as it provides extra moisture to my skin and helps my body absorb the oils.
Add the oils to the salt before adding them to the bath water. This allows the oils to get absorbed throughout the water and not end up sitting on top of the water or evaporating along with their therapeutic properties. Ask my husband about that one and he will tell you how I “burned” him. What can I say, lesson learned!