Carving out alone time to de-stress, unwind, and meditate in our busy schedule can be tough. Balancing family, work, and relationship obligations leaves little time to “indulge.” But allowing our bodies (and minds!) time to rest and rid themselves of toxins is essential to staying healthy. After all, if you’re not feeling your best, you can’t give anything — or anyone else — 100 percent.
Toxins are poisonous substances that negatively affect our health. We expose ourselves to toxins on a daily basis, from sources like pollution, processed foods, and pesticides. And when we don’t release these toxins, it’s reflected in our health and the way we feel throughout the day. That’s why I’m such a fan of detox baths.
Detox Bath Benefits
While there are many ways to detox, one of the easiest and most relaxing is through a detox bath. The best part? They’re insanely easy to make at home. You’ll get all the benefits you’d find in a high-end spa bath at a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your own home.
Using essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with common household items like baking soda, Epsom salts and honey can help flush impurities from the body by allowing it to sweat out toxins.
Ready to try your own detox bath? Try one of these 10 homemade recipes. They’ll help your body get back into tip-top shape in no time. I recommend doing a bath for about 40 minutes to an hour for best results. The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 to 40 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated. Make sure to use hot water — it’ll help you sweat out impurities.
Bonus: Make a homemade present out of each of these recipes. Store the ingredients in a mason jar, add a personalized label, and give to family and friends for a homemade gift they’ll love.
5 Detox Bath Recipes
1. DIY Bath Bomb Recipe with Wild Orange and Rose Oils
While those conventional bath bombs are loaded with chemicals, you can make your very own DIY bath bomb recipe easily at home. Even better, you can tailor them to your needs by using certain benefit-rich essential oils.
Here wild orange and rose essential oils are used. Wild orange is very uplifting to the body and mind, while rose essential oil can help with depression and anxiety.
2. DIY Eucalyptus and Vanilla Bath Salts
Especially perfect around the holiday season, these vanilla and bath salts are ridiculously easy to prepare and will leave you feeling relaxed, moisturized, and at ease. This recipe uses baking soda in addition to eucalyptus oil and Epsom salts, helping relieve dry, itchy winter skin while detoxing.
3. Ginger Detox Bath + Body Scrub
If you’re looking for a new way to incorporate ginger into your routine, this detox bath is a great option. Not only does ginger help with indigestion and nausea, it promotes regular digestion and helps alleviate bacterial infections. This super simple scrub recipe requires only fresh ginger, Epsom salts,and lemon, but it’s powerful — and leave you with silky skin! Try sipping on ginger tea beforehand to really enhance the effects.
4. Homemade Back Pain Bath Salts
The staple of detox baths, Epsom salts hold their own in nourishing benefits. Because of its high magnesium and sulfate contents, Epsom salts help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation. Combined with a variety of essential oils — this recipe uses peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, and cinnamon — and dried herbs and flowers, your body and mind will both thank you.
5. Calming and Detoxing Bath Salts
This soothing mix combines dead sea salts (you can find these at natural health food stores, but if you can’t track it down, feel free to eliminate; you’ll still get great results); Epsom salts, which are loaded with magnesium; mineral-rich real salt; detoxifying bentonite clay; and lavender and frankincense essential oils. Lavender will help calm and relax your mind and body, while frankincense helps ease anxiety. The result is a deliciously relaxing bath.
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