This detox bath is multi-purpose. It helps calm our bodies leading to decreased stress, reduced pressure on our adrenals which produce cortisol (our stress hormone), and it helps to encourage toxin removal from the body via sweating. It can also improve sleep. Our body cools after a hot bath and that cooling process aids with sleep. The magnesium in the Epsom salts is also a relaxant for our mind and our muscles.
Run a bath as hot as you can tolerate it, up to 105 degrees
3 cups of Epsom salts
1 cup of baking soda
10-20 drops organic lavender oil
Soak in the bath for 20-40 minutes. If it's your first time start with a shorter time frame, and of course if you feel lightheaded, dizzy or otherwise ill please cut the bath short.
While in the tub is a good time to practice gratitude or breathing exercises to help calm your mind. The wonderful thing about the tub is that there isn't much else you can do. It forces you to take a break.
The bath should be hot enough that you feel yourself start to sweat while in the tub.
When you're done get out of the tub and wrap your body in towels. You can continue the detox by lying in bed in your towels under blankets to keep yourself warm and allow yourself to sweat a bit more, even going to bed and falling asleep that way.
Bedtime is a great time to do this since the body cooling induces sleep.
I hope that you enjoy this detox bath! My kids love adding Epsom salts, baking soda and lavender oil to their baths now.
Christina Bergstrom MD