Wellness Wednesdays: Why and how you should take a detox bath

We recommend taking forty minutes out of your ridiculously busy and productive day twice a week at least to take a detox bath. Take some time for yourself. We recommend this time not only because it takes twenty minutes for your body to remove the toxins and then twenty minutes for absorbing the minerals in the water but because you need more than two minutes to focus on just you. Time alone is paramount to mental and emotional well-being.

Fill a bath with hot water and add half a box of Epsom salts and half a box of bicarbonate of soda. You can also add some Evening Primrose soluble bath oil (found at Dischem) and experiment with different essential oils.

The health benefits that will be realised:

  • Magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive track but can be absorbed through your skin by soaking in a bath with Epsom salts (scientific name is hydrated magnesium sulfate).

  • Soaking in Epsom salts helps to replenish the body’s magnesium levels whilst the sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.

  • Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body.

  • Most people are deficient in this mineral which keeps enzyme activity regular in your body, and it helps your bodily functions to run smoothly, including eliminating harmful toxins.

  • The medical benefits seem endless (improved heart health, flushes toxins, eliminates muscle pain, improved nerve function because of the electrolyte regulation, necessary to retain proper calcium levels in blood, relieves stress as magnesium binds adequate amounts of serotonin – the mood-elevating chemical – in the brain which creates a feeling o well-being and relaxation, improved oxygen use, improved absorption of nutrients, prevention or easing of migraines).

  • Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and has anti-fungal properties too (people who suffer from thrush or other yeast skin infections such as eczema can bathe in baking soda to alleviate these symptoms)

  • Baking soda neutralises lactic acid in the muscles, perfect for aches and pains after tough training/exercise sessions.

  • In addition, bicarb softens the skin.

  • Lavender: With its calming effects, this oil eases anxiety and is a natural sleeping aid. The oil is also anti-bacterial, not to mention that it has a lovely aroma.

  • Eucalyptus: a highly anti-septic oil which has been used for years to remedy everything from flu, fever and sore throat to skin and muscle pain. It is a very popular oil to relieve sinus and lung congestion such as asthma. In addition the oil is especially appropriate for skin eruptions and oily complexions, it is used to clear acne and chicken pox. The scent increases brain wave activity and counters physical and mental fatigue. (So, basically it can help fight everything we do suffer from.)

(Based on the above two points, the eucalyptus oil will be perfect for a morning bath and the lavender  for use after a long stressful day.)

You can also gently rub your body with a loofah – this will help stimulate the lymphatic system which will aid with the release of the toxins.

Remember to drink plenty of water and most importantly relax, rejuvenate and restore!