Sweating is your body's natural way to cleanse itself. By immersing yourself in hot water, you can help it extract harmful toxins from your skin. Cleansing baths can also help relax muscles. This ancient remedy can help your body flush out toxins while also absorbing minerals and nutrients. If you're struggling to get rid of toxins or your skin problems, or just looking for a way to boost your overall health, try taking a cleansing bath in your own home.
Part 1 of 3: Prepare your body
Step 1. Prepare your body
Mineral salts for a purifying bath will help extract toxins from your skin in a process that will dehydrate it, so make sure you are well hydrated before taking a purifying bath. It is recommended to drink a large glass of water at room temperature before taking a purifying bath.
Step 2. Gather the ingredients
Everything you need for the cleansing bath can be purchased in the store. Here is what you need.
- Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
- Baking soda
- Sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- Your favorite essential oil if you like
- Powdered ginger (optional)
- A brush for the skin
Step 3. Brush your skin dry
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and the first line of defense against chemicals and bacteria. By helping your body get rid of dead skin layers, you are also helping it get rid of harmful agents. Dry brushing also helps speed up the lymphatic system's ability to eliminate waste.
- Use a dry brush with a long handle so that it can reach all parts of your body.
- When choosing a brush, choose one that feels good on the skin. Dry brushing should not cause pain.
- Start with dry skin and brush the skin on your feet, working your way up to your legs.
- Move the brush as if you were passing the broom towards the heart, passing over your stomach (front and back) and over your chest.
- Finish by moving the brush towards your arms and armpits.
- Your skin should already be softer after the first pass.
Step 4. Give yourself a lymphatic massage
Lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and the organs that make up the lymphatic network are part of the body's defense system. Lymph nodes are responsible for removing microorganisms and filtering bacteria from the blood. In just five minutes, you can stimulate the lymphatic system to help your body cleanse itself more efficiently.
- Place your fingers behind your ears on either side of your neck.
- Relaxing your hands, gently pull on the skin on the back of your neck.
- Repeat 10 times, starting the movement a little lower from the ear each time, eventually ending with the fingers on the shoulders on either side of the neck.
- Gently massage your skin towards your collarbone.
- Repeat 5 times or as many times as you want.
Step 5. Know what to expect
Any cleansing process can expose your body to flu-like symptoms, such as headaches and nausea. These symptoms can result from the extraction of toxins from your body. Bring a liter bottle of water into the bathroom and drink slowly while bathing.
You can add lemon in the water to prevent nausea
Part 2 of 3: Prepare a purifying bath
Step 1. Choose the right time for the bath
Prepare your bath on a day when you have at least 40 minutes free. Pick a time when you can relax and focus on the cleansing bath, not a time when you have to rush.
Step 2. Create a relaxing atmosphere
Dim the lights and put on candles if you like. You can also put on the music you like. Take deep, regular breaths to help you enter a relaxed state.
Step 3. Fill the bath
Use a chlorine filter if possible to fill the tub with hot water, but without burning yourself. Add Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) to it. Soaking yourself in Epsom salt helps your body replenish magnesium and fight high blood pressure. Sulfate helps flush toxins and helps build up proteins in brain tissue and joints.
- For children under 30 kg, add half a cup to a standard size tub.
- For children between 30 and 50 kg, add a cup to a standard size tub.
- For people over 50 kg, add 2 or more cups to a standard size tub.
Step 4. Add 1 or 2 cups of baking soda
Baking soda is known for its cleansing and anti-fungal properties. It also leaves the skin very soft.
Step 5. Add a quarter cup of sea salt or Himalayan salt
Sea salt is composed of magnesium, potassium, bromide and allows you to replenish the mineral salts essential for the metabolism of the skin.
- Magnesium is important for combating stress, water retention, aging of the skin, and for calming the nervous system.
- Calcium is effective in preventing water retention, increasing blood circulation, and strengthening bones and nails.
- Potassium energizes the body and balances the moisture content of the skin.
- Bromide helps relieve muscle pain and relax muscles.
- Sodium is important for the balance of lymphatic fluid, which in turn is important for the functioning of the immune system.
Step 6. Add a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It's also one of the best ways to cleanse your body of bacteria and boost your immune system.
Step 7. If you want, you can add essential oils
Some oils like lavender or ylang-ylang have therapeutic properties. Tea tree and eucalyptus can also help you cleanse yourself. For a standard size bath, it is enough to put about 20 drops.
- If you prefer, you can also use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves, lavender flowers, chamomile, or any other plant appropriate to your mood.
- Ginger can help you flush out toxins through sweat. Ginger has heating power, which is why you need to be careful when adding it. Depending on your sensitivity, you can add between 1 tsp. to s. and a third of a cup.
Step 8. Stir all the ingredients
You can use your foot to stir the bath water. When you go to mix the baking soda and the vinegar, you will observe the appearance of bubbles.
It is not necessary to wait for the salt crystals to dissolve before entering the bath
Part 3 of 3: take a cleansing bath
Step 1. Soak for 20 to 40 minutes
Stay hydrated while bathing and be careful not to get too hot.
- Drink water for the first 20 minutes of the bath.
- You will notice that you will start to sweat for a few minutes. This is because your body flushes out the toxins it contains.
- If you start to get too hot while bathing, add cool water to the tub until you feel comfortable.
Step 2. Relax
Meditation is a great way to calm your body down during a cleansing bath. Breathe through your nose, relax your neck, face, hands and stomach. Relax and soften all parts of your body. By consciously releasing the tension in your body, you will be able to better relax in your cleansing bath.
- Once you've closed the bathroom door, leave all the unwanted thoughts behind. Forget your worries and stress.
- Visualize the toxins leaving your body and the vitamins and nutrients replacing them.
Step 3. Slowly get out of the bath
Your body has been working hard and you might feel a little dizzy or weak, like drained. Oils and salts can also make the tub slippery, so get up with care.
Wrap your body in a soft towel immediately after getting out of the bath, as you can continue to cleanse yourself with perspiration for the next two to three hours
Step 4. Rehydrate
Every time your body purifies itself, you need to replace the water that you are losing. It is recommended to drink another liter of water after the detoxifying bath.
Step 5. After bathing, brush your skin again
You can use your hands, a loofah, or a soft vegetable brush. This can help you flush out the toxins that are left over. Use long strokes to sweep the skin up towards the heart.
Relax for the rest of the day and let your body continue to cleanse itself
- Do not eat immediately after getting out of the bath.
- Use a deep conditioner on your hair and wrap it under a bathing cap or towel while you're in the bath. Salt, like seawater, can dry out your hair.
- You can rinse off the Epsom salt, but you don't have to.
- If you are diabetic, pregnant, have heart or kidney problems, high blood pressure, consult your doctor before taking a purifying bath.
- Before adding any other ingredient to your bath, make sure you understand its properties. Some plants can harm you.