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3 Things to Include in Every Relaxing Detox BathIt’s 9:00 PM and the kids are finally asleep. As you look around your messy house you are reminded of the hectic day you have had. Between diapers and tantrums, homework and cooking dinner, you barely had a moment to yourself. You are a stressed-out-momma and before you can even think about spending one moment with that wonderful man you married, you need to relax. Everyone needs to de-stress from time to time. You need a relaxing detox bath!
What does a detox bath do for you?It would almost be easier to ask what a detox bath doesn’t do for you. I can tell you that it will not load your dishwasher or mop the floor, but as far as your body is concerned, it is very beneficial in many ways.
- Flushes toxins out of your body
- Reduces stress
- Improves your sleep (and who doesn’t need that?)
- Relieves sore muscles (a great post-workout treat)
- Improves muscle function
- Heals skin rashes
- Relieves headaches, even migraines
- Clears your skin
- Boosts blood circulation
- Moisturizes your skin
- Restores elasticity
- Treats colds, flu, and other sickness
What are the benefits of bathing in apple cider vinegar?Just like a detox bath in general, there are so many benefits to adding apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) to your bath. Scouring the internet, I found out that it can help reduce pain, arthritis, tendinitis, and gout. It also helps with joint mobility. ACV is great for our skin healing & soothing both sunburns and is even a treatment for eczema. It helps balance the pH of our bodies, making them more alkaline. It even helps get rid of UTIs and yeast infections, will get rid of body odor and gives us nice shiny hair. I have personally used ACV for help with yeast infections in the past (sorry for the TMI there, but I want you to know how it works). It really did the trick. The one thing that you need to remember is that you can’t just use any old bottle of ACV from out of your cupboard. You have to pick one that contains the mother. That may sound weird to someone who is new to this, but the mother is what makes all the difference. This is actually the one that I use and recommend. You will know if you shake up the bottle and it gets cloudy. Most of the time the bottles are labeled as well.
Can you put hydrogen peroxide in your bath water?You can actually add hydrogen peroxide to your baths. It can be beneficial for haling skin infections much like ACV. Some people will add Epsom salts as well. You need to make sure that you are adding one to two cups of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide, like this one, to a full tub. Now here is my warning and why I do not personally do this. You have to be very careful with the amount of hydrogen peroxide you are using. The 35% hydrogen peroxide is much, much stronger than what you probably already have in your bathroom at home. I checked, and the one I use for first aid and to gargle with is only 3%. I am telling you this because it is possible to burn your skin if you add too much to your bath.
How do you take a relaxing detox bath?I am going to share with you my favorite way and the way that I most often take a relaxing detox bath. In my house, I am lucky if I can take one of these once a week, but that is what I aim for. If I happen to find the time to actually take more than one bath a week, then I usually eliminate the ACV (I usually only add that in once a week, unless I really need it more). For the amount of ACV I use, it tends to get pricey if I am using it all up on just baths when once a week works fine for me. Here is what I do:
- Fill the tub with water that is as hot as I can stand (I like it really hot, but do what is comfortable for you)
- Add 2 cups of Epsom salts, like these
- Pour in 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar, here is the one I recommend
- Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, I currently use this one, but a good friend of mine swears by this one
- I usually dim the lights and light a few candles. Sometimes I even use a diffuser if my candles are not scented.