Feeling overwhelmed by your hectic Holiday schedule? Why not indulge yourself in a hot detox bath. Detox baths can be a powerful yet very relaxing way to cleanse your body. One of the greatest detox baths is a simple Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt, with the help of the hot water, will open your skin pores and make you sweat, drawing the toxins out of your body. And since Epsom salt also have a muscular relaxing effect, it’s perfect to ease muscle pain and melt away stress.
What is Epsom salt
Epsom salt is named after an England village known for its waters rich in magnesium sulfate. In an Epsom salt detox bath, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin and helps the body to detox naturally. It also relaxes the muscles, sedate the nervous system, reduce swelling and exfoliate. This makes it a great way to unwind and prep your body for the festive but sometimes a bit crazy Holiday season.
How it works
Our skin is one of our main detox organ. It’s the main barrier between our internal system and the outside world. As toxins enters the body through various channels (skin, air, food, water, etc…) they are stored in deep tissues and in fat cells. Hot water opens skin pores and Epsom salts promote sweat. Sweating reduce fat storage, hence releasing toxic chemicals at the same time.
Epsom salt detox bath recipe
1 cup of Epsom salt
A few drops of detox essential oil
Start by dry brushing your skin to begin the detoxification process, or rub your skin with your favorite natural body scrub. Next, plunge yourself in a hot bath in which you added Epsom salt. Soak in there for 20 to 30 minutes.
As you will lose quite a lot of fluids through the sweating process, always drink plenty of pure water during or after this bath.
Note: Please consult your health practitioner first before taking an Epsom salt bath if you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney problems, as it may be counter indicated for those conditions. While hot water will promote sweat, hot baths can make you dizzy and can be drying for your skin, so always use comfortably warm water, not too hot.