Hippocrates encouraged his fellow healers to make use of salt water to heal various ailments by immersing their patients in sea water. The ancient Greeks continued this and Dr. Charles Russel, an English author and physician, published "The Uses of Sea Water" in 1753. The earliest writings concerning bath salts was published in China around 2700 years BCE.
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SALT //
Contains all the elements of which the human body is comprised. From the periodic table of elements we are familiar with 94 natural elements. Apart from inert gases, all of the elements (84) can be found in crystal salt. Hence crystal salt contains all natural minerals and trace elements that are found in the human body.
EPSOM SALT //
This a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate which can be absorbed through the skin. Within the body, magnesium is necessary for over 300 different enzymatic processes that are critical for maintaining an optimal system. Some of these processes include inducing relaxation of muscle and the nervous system, improving inflammation and swelling, supporting the cardiovascular system, and many more. Sulfate, the other component of Epsom salt helps process and flushes toxins from our bodies and has the potential of improving absorption of nutrients.
BICARBONATE SODA //
Due to its high alkalinity, baking soda can help with a number of common health issues, such as yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), rashes and hemorrhoids. Alkalinity optimises heath by providing a setting that allows your body to function at optimal levels. Because baking soda is alkaline, it can have detoxifying effects on your skin—and other exposed areas—that can provide healing and regeneration.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR //
Contains vitamin C and B vitamins, which help to nourish your body’s largest organ, your skin. By soaking in an apple cider vinegar bath your body can absorb the vitamins leaving your skin moisturized and feeling soft. It is naturally acidic it can work to restore the pH level of your skin (which should be slightly acidic) Natural anti-bacterial properties can kill any bacteria or fungus on your skin making it especially beneficial to people who suffer from eczema or dry skin. Finally ACV helps to draw excess uric acid out of the body. Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines in certain foods and drinks.
A WEEKLY DETOX BATH
This bath helps you to eliminate toxins and absorb minerals in the water, encouraging more oxygen and blood flow, de-stressing, clearing skin issues, strengthening immune system and boosting health. Our skin is our largest detox organ which is why a bath is so beneficial. Minerals and salts are alkaline, cleansing and make your skin soft. The warmer the water the more powerful the detox effect will be, drawing toxins from your body into the bath. After the bath you may feel tired or lightheaded with this in mind it is recommended having a detox bath right before bed.
HOW DOES A DETOX BATH WORK?
The reason water as warm/hot as can be tolerated is typically used is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin as the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled into the water via the principle of osmosis – the weak energy from the cooling water draws from the strong energy from the body heated up initially by the warm/hot water.
TYPES OF SALTS TO TRY: Sea Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom, Himalayan Pink Salt, or a combination these.
While the warm water is running add:
1 Cup Epsom Salt
Half a cup of Himalayan salt (or a salt of your choice)
Half a cup of Bicarbonate Soda (aluminum free)
Half a cup Apple Cider Vinegar (organic)
Additional extras: one tablespoon of powdered ginger (pictured above) this helps to sweat out toxins.
Make sure all ingredients are dissolved soak for approximately 20-30 minutes.
When finished rinse off the salts in a shower.
Avoid putting your hair in the bath as it can dry it out.
Make sure you drink plenty of water // and or herb teas are all really helpful in the detox process.
Do not have this detox bath if you are pregnant or have serious heart or kidney issues. If diabetic take care with epsom salts as they can make you sick.
- This is not recommended for children.
DRY BODY BRUSHING
While the bath is running try dry brushing your skin here's why:
- Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells, encourages new cell renewal, which results in smoother and brighter skin.
- It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
- Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
While your there in the bath you may as well add a nice Face Mask into the mix! Face Masks can be hydrating, soothing, deep cleaning and provide some exfoliant effect — if only in the act of removing them. For me it is part of the self care ritual of taking bath, a weekly soak and some much needed me time to switch off and relax. Read My Go-to Face Mask (from the Pantry)
Until next time..
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