So, bath is supposed to calm and relax and we all know that. That’s why we soak right after a tired day, don’t we?
So, I was tired after a hectic day and wanted a bath that will also soothe and calm me. So, I decided to combine Detox and Calming together. Got to do what works, right?
So, here’s what I did. Ready to try it out?
Epsom Salt – 1 Cup
Magnesium Flakes – 1 Cup
Olive Oil – 1 – 3 Tbsp.
Chamomile Essential Oil – 10 Drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – 10 Drops
Eucalyptus Oil – 20 Drops
Add all the ingredients to your bath. Mix well using a wooden ladle and soak away!
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
I use both Epsom Salt and Magnesium Flakes, though you can stick with just one of these if you prefer that way.
I also add Sea Salt sometimes, depending on my mood.
Himalayan Salt or even Baking Soda can be added.
For better detox, ground Ginger or Dry Ginger Powder can also be added to this recipe.
As for the Olive Oil, since it is in a bath, I chose Olive Oil. You can go with any carrier oil including Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, etc.
As for the Essential Oils, I chose calming Essential Oils for most part. Eucalyptus Oil also has pain-relieving qualities, so goes here to soothe and comfort my muscles after a hectic day. However, you can choose any aroma that calms you, or soothes you. Peppermint (is good if you have sore or tired muscles, though if you are planning to hit the bed, this can be counterproductive as it makes you energetic!), Sweet Marjoram (Sleep Inducing), Clary Sage, Rose (Calming), Jasmine (Sleep Inducing), Vetiver (Calming), Lavender (Sleep Inducing, Calming), Neroli (Sleep Inducing), Orange (Sleep Inducing) or even Frankincense (Calming) can work. The key is identifying what works for you best ☺
If you have Oily Skin, you can skip Olive Oil, or opt for lighter oils. Basically, the oil is added especially if you are planning for a longer hot soak to relax your muscles, as the Oil can ensure your skin isn’t drying out due to exposure to heat. It retains moisture, though you might still need moisturizer after you step out.
You can make this Detox Bath recipe a lot better by adding 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar.
What’s a Detox Bath?
A Detox Bath is usually made using Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate) or other Detoxing ingredient(s) and draws out toxins from the body and also offers health benefits including de-stressing, induces sleep and relaxes muscles and nerves.
How does Detox Bath Works?
When we sweat, our body is detoxified naturally. When we soak in hot water, it accelerates drawing out toxins through sweat and when coupled with ingredients that aid with Detox like Epsom Salt, it helps with detoxing and promotes better nutrient absorption. Besides, detox baths relax your sore muscles, so a great way to rejuvenate and relax after a hectic day!
How Long Should You Soak in?
Ideal time is 10 – 15 minutes, though you can go up to 15 minutes. However, many opine that you can relax and unwind for about 40 – 45 minutes! I guess it varies with the individual, their mood, requirement and other factors. However, if your skin is sensitive, make sure the water isn’t too hot and reduce the soaking time to prevent skin drying or irritation.
What about Sensitive Skin?
Those with Sensitive Skin, make sure to check add soothing ingredients like Oatmeal, Lavender, Chamomile and Oil in the bath. This prevents drying and skin irritation.