All About Epsom Salts. Episode 1 - Homemade Detox Bath

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I recently bought some Epsom Salts from Ebay to make Bath Bombs (Click Here for step by step and the Ebay Shop link). Since I have quite a bit left over, I decided to see what else I could use these for. Once I started digging around and getting some research together I was honestly shocked at all the uses this one ingredient could have!

I will be doing several blog posts which will cover different uses of Epsom Salts - honestly, you will be amazed, I was!

For A Perfect Detox Bath Follow The Step By Step Below

Prepare your bath on a day that you have at least 40 minutes available. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, whilst the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.

Add two cups of Epsom salt to a hot bath.

For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath

You could also add 1 to 2 cups  of baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate). 

- Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has anti-fungal properties. It will leave your skin feeling super soft and silky! 

Another great ingredient you could add is ground ginger or fresh ginger tea. 

Ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. Since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your skins sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added - I would recommend adding 1 tablespoon to start with, you can always add more!

Ginger makes most people sweat profusely, so if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the bath tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to get rid the body of a bug of some sort of disease, like the flu, or a cold.

You could also add aromatherapy oils - I personally love lavender, around 20 drops is the right amount for the average bath tub. You could also add fresh herbs! Both lavender flowers and chamomile are relaxing and soothing.

Swish all the ingredients around in the tub, light some candles, play your favorite music or grab your book of the moment and RELAX
Aim to stay in the bath for around 40 minutes but at least try and stay in for 20 minutes! You should start to sweat after a few minutes - If you get too hot add cold water.

NOTE: Take care when you get out of the tub as you may become light headed. Also, the ingredients can make the bottom of the tub become very slippery.

Any time your body detoxes, after this type of bath or a massage you should flush out your toxins by drinking plenty of water; if you don't, it is likely you will feel sick.

Keep an eye out for my next Epsom Salt blog post!  

Eden x 

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