How to Take an Amazing Detox Bath

One of my favorite days of the week is my detox bath day. I love detox baths for their health benefits and the relaxation they provide. We are exposed to crazy amounts of toxins every day just living our lives. There are toxins in the foods we eat, the beauty products we use, the water we drink and the air we breathe; you name it and there are probably toxins in or around it! Because we are exposed to so much, it is imperative that we help our bodies remove those toxins—our liver can only do so much work before it begins to fail. I do one detox bath a week, and I like to partner it with some of my other health initiatives, but I will explain that as we go. If we do not remove the toxins from our body, they will start to affect our health in many ways. I find that toxin buildup causes hair loss and acne in general for me. I know that if I am experiencing a breakout or if my alopecia is worsening, I probably have a toxin build up that I need to flush. So this is what I do for my favorite and personally most effective detox bath:

Step 1: Double Detoxing

I drink a detoxifying tea and prepare a tea rinse with the used tea bag. If you have not read my article, Tea Time, about using teas to detox, for hair growth, and for overall health, definitely give it a read now because it explains this step in detail. The tea rinse will be used at the end of the detox bath, so save your used tea bag in hot water to steep and cool while you are in your bath. 

Step 2: Pamper Your Skin and Hair While You're At It

I prepare and apply a face mask and hair mask. I do a hair mask for hair growth and health. It is really important—even if you do not have a hair growth disorder like me—to pay attention to your hair health and do a hair mask every once and a while. It will not only make your hair stronger, but shinier and your scalp healthier overall. My favorite hair mask is described in detail in The Best Nourishing Mask for Hair Growth, so definitely give it a read if you are interested! As a quick overview though: it contains olive oil, honey, coconut cream, eggs, and essential oils. One important tip unique to your detox bath experience is to use all natural ingredients for your hair mask and face mask otherwise you are just adding more toxins back into your body. My advice is to take the time to blend up your own masks. The facemask that I commonly use is 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tsp of nutmeg, and 1 tsp of cinnamon. I find that it exfoliates and heals my skin so well!

Step 3: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drink a tall glass of water! Drinking water before a bath helps to lower your blood pressure. It is also really important to be hydrated before a detox bath as the point is to induce a detoxifying sweat. The struggle here is that you need to be drinking good quality water. I suggest investing in a filter to try and clean the negative pollutants out of your water. Remember, the more toxins you take in from your environment, the more your detox bath has to work to clean you out!

Step 4: Get to Detoxing

Step 3: Prepare the detox bath. I put in 2 cups of Epsom salt and my favorite essential oil. Epsom salts are great for detox baths because they will first draw the toxins from your body, and then they will provide minerals for your body. It is a great win-win as we need those minerals to be healthy! There are a lot of other ingredients that you can add as well that have their own added benefits. Sometimes I add 5 green tea bags as green tea is an antioxidant. I have also added ground ginger which improves circulation and in turn aids in my hair growth. Finally, I sometimes add a cup of baking soda which neutralizes chemicals in the water. This is mostly important if the water in your area is not good quality. It is really important that you use really hot water—obviously nothing that will burn you—but the sweat from the hot water and steam is how the toxins are flushed from the body. I sit in the bath for 40 minutes if possible. The first 20 minutes or so, the body flushes the toxins and the second 20 the body absorbs the minerals from the water. I like to either listed to calming music, watch a show, or just close my eyes and think in silence while I wait. This part is honestly so relaxing.  

Step 5: Tea Hair and Face Rinse

Step 4: Wash out your hair mask and face mask and use the tea hair rinse. I ring out my hair, and just let the tea soak in. I also use the tea bag itself on my face which has a lot of benefits for my skin as far as reducing acne and scarring. Do not dry off your face and hair with a towel after the tea rinse—we want the tea to soak into our skin and hair, not the towel. 

Step 6: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate...Again!

Step 5: Use your favorite organic, all-natural lotion on your entire body and drink another tall glass of water. You just purposefully dehydrated yourself! So take some time to add hydration back in! It is important that you do not use a lotion that is filled with toxins….that would be counterproductive…. Sometimes I use just organic coconut oil for lotion. I have friends that use olive oil. Find your preference or switch it up if you like! As long as you aren't using chemical-filled moisturizers, you are on your way to a nice, clean body!

Those are the steps for my favorite detox bath! I hope you enjoy and reap the benefits of detoxification! Detoxing is a really important part of physical wellness, and the relaxation from the spa day is an important part of your mental wellness. Let me know what your favorite detox bath is in the comments below!

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