Looking for a way to ease into the New Year? Ancient Greeks and Romans used sea salts in the bath to absorb impurities from the skin, relieve inflammation and soothe muscle stiffness. This is a great bath to take if you’re feeling like you need to sweat the toxins out, and likewise if you want to ensure that you get to sleep without lying awake with a wandering mind.
Try this recipe for relaxation:
1/2 cup sea salt / Epsom salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
Directions: While drawing your bath, add the sea salt, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar directly to warm water as its running, then add the essential oil to the bath. Soak for 15-20 minutes – enjoy! Make sure to drink a full glass of water during or after your bath.
This bath combination draws out toxins and lowers stress-related hormones, while balancing your pH levels.
- A sea salt bath alone can help to pull toxins out of the body, and provide extra benefits to your skin
- In case you’re not yet familiar with the benefits apple cider vinegar provides, it’s both consumed internally, and used externally to treat a number of conditions. Here it’s being used in a detox bath to help with conditions such as arthritis and gout, as well as anything else that is caused by inflammation.
- Baking soda is scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate, great for neutralizing the chlorine that has been added to most city water sources. It’s tough to detox in a bath that’s full of a toxic chemical, so it’s good that this makes it cleaner naturally.