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ask: What is a detox bath and how can it help me?

By Jenny Housh HERWriter
 
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I have heard about something called a detox bath. Can it really help rid your body of toxins? Does my body absorb minerals while I soak? What are the benefits?

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for this question! 

Firstly - know that there are those who believe these baths work - there are those who believe they are yet another in a long line of fads! But either way, a detox bath won't hurt you and may certainly help. 

A healthy diet-and-exercise routine will drastically help reduce the need for a detox bath but in this modern world we are exposed to heavy metals, pollution and chemicals more than ever so a detox bath is still a good idea. 

A detox bath is the use of natural herbs, oils and salts in very hot water (you need to sweat!). I do believe these baths (like a sauna) can sweat toxins out of your body and they will certainly make you feel and look better as well as relaxing your body. 

You can custom make your own detox diet or make a simple one by adding Epsom salts or Magnesium salts that are thought to clear the skin and improve hydration.

A more detailed one would be using salts and adding an essential oil like evening primrose oil that is excellent for the skin and can help the skin from the inside and out by improving dryness, acne and diminishing pain.  

For emotional well-being, relaxation and healthy body chemistry (balance), lavender oil is also recommended. 

Simply fill your bath (to the top!) to immerse your body totally with these oils and salts and hot water and relax for 30 minutes. Due to the heat, you may want to sit for 10 minutes afterwards and drink plenty of room temperature water. 

See how you feel later on - do you feel better? More calm, more clean and more relaxed? Then these baths are right for you. 

Like with many herbal and natural health choices, there are studies to show they work or don't. But these baths will not negatively affect you in any way - in fact, they will really assisant in your emotional health and that in itself will help with your physical health. 

Here is an interesting debate on the topic for your to read: 

http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/has-anyone-had-any-experience-deto...

Has this helped you?

Best,

Susan

June 26, 2014 - 11:06am
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