- A washcloth, loofah or some kind of exfoliating “tool”
- A full bathtub, filled with the hottest water you can stand
- Good, relaxing music
- 1.5″ fresh ginger root – grated
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- Essential Oil (2 drops of any of the following: frankinsence (for overall immunity), tea tree (for cleansing), eucalyptus (for congestion), etc.) (highly recommended, but this soak will still be beneficial without it if you don’t have any essential oils on-hand.)
- 1 tbsp coconut or other oil (olive, grapeseed, jojoba, avocado, etc.) (optional – for softening the skin)
- Epsom salts or other “medicinal” bath salts on-hand (also optional) (medicinal meaning if its, for example, a sore muscule salt soak, that could be added in place of plain epsom salts, where as some kind of lavender citrus bath salts should not be subb’d in.)
While bath fills….
- While the bath is filling, start grating your fresh ginger directly into the tub.
- At 1/2 way full point – add coconut oil and ground ginger.
- At 3/4 way full point – add epsom/bath salts.
- At full point – add essential oils. It is important you save this for last as the heat will typically destroy the healing properties of most essential oils. Basically, the sooner you add them, the less effective they will be when you are ready to get in
- Mix the ingredients around before you get in. I use my arm like a giant spoon.
- Turn on some good music (if you haven’t already), ensure you won’t be disturbed, and relax.
While In the Bath…
- I recommend staying in the same position no longer than about 5 minutes. Ensure to spend time on both sides of your body, as well as laying belly-first. I would also recommend that you not worry about your hair and when lying on your back, to submerge everything but your face.
- At about the 15-20 minute mark, Grab your washcloth, loofah, scrubber, etc. and start massaging your body. You can start wherever you prefer. I typically start at my feet, up to my shoulders underwater, then I stand and repeat the process, ensuring that the spot I am exfoliating is not submerged underwater, taking care to lay back down after each “area” is completed (ie. I do my legs and then lay back down. I Do my torso, and then lay back down…you get the idea.)
Note: No body exfoliant is required to do this (ie. you dont need a body scrub or body wash – but you can add this if you wish).
- Release the plug and chill for a bit until your bath is near empty.
- Start your shower – and make it warm or even lukewarm – but not hot. Rinse your “exfoliator” and redo your body once more, but this time more lightly. Then rinse everything – your exfoliator, your body, the tub, all of it.
- Optional: If you’re shaving, now’s the time to do it.
- Now its time …. turn the cold up….and I mean WAY up, and the hot down…WAY down. After that hot bath it will feel great, although perhaps shocking at first! The cold water will re-awaken and flush the body.
- Wash your body or whatever else you plan on doing in the shower, including washing your hair.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of the water for a minute and let your body re-heat itself a bit.
- Stay in the shower as long as possible (about 5-10 minutes would be ideal).
- Towel off, lotion up (if you’re into that kind of thing) and just chillllll. Welcome to the benefits!!!
This recipe is based off the recipe I found on healthyfoodhouse.com
I have done many variations of this soak in the past….
One ingredient I did not mention but would also be highly beneficial for this soak would be Hydrogen Peroxide, about 1/2 a cup (the various sources that gave me the idea all suggested much more than just 1/2 a cup, and in some cases up to 8 cups, but I would recommend easing into that!). Adding Hydrogen Peroxide helps cleanse and purify your skin, which further aids the overall detoxing/cleansing process.
A reference for this idea was found on beforeitsnews.com
On those days you’re just taking a shower….
I also recommend that on a day-to-day basis, when showering (unless you’re on “that time of the month” or pregnant), that it only be cold water. Feel free to start luke-warm, but the colder the better. Taking a hot shower, (or hot bath without a cold shower or bath afterwards,) opens you up to your environment – and unless you are sitting in a hypo-allergenic box, you are going to be exposed to at least a few pollutants through out your day, which your body will be much more receptive to without “shutting the door”,so to speak. A few examples of said pollutants include: Air pollution both outside and indoors, chemicals in your body care products, food, that cold going around, etc.
There are benefits to cold baths, but I will go into this at a later date.
If you have any great detox bath recipes – please share! I’m always interested in trying new recipes. 🙂
The best system to getting a good clean and an overall good detoxification experience, in my opinion, is to have a hot bath, followed by a cold shower. The heat opens the body and gets things moving, and the cold closes off the “receptors”, pores, etc. and in turn keeps the body strong against outside pollutants.
Feel free to do follow this system once a day when you’re feeling “under the weather” until feeling better, or once a week, but no less than once a month minimum (just to be proactive and also get a good exfoliation in) if you’re in good health.
Note: Ladies – I do not take baths during my “time of the month”, but if you do then carry on.
Originally posted October 26/15.