DIY GINGER DETOX BATH

From The Fields- Issue #64

Time to spice things up next time you need to detox! We’ve got a great detox bath recipe- yes, we said bath recipe…

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WHEN WE THINK detox, we generally think about removing foods or going on a juice cleanse but we want to talk about detoxing through our skin. As we already know, our skin is our largest organ and we can detoxify through our skin, specifically through are sweat glands-small tubular structures of the skin that produce sweat. Since we don’t always have time to get to a sauna, a great way to detoxify is by spicing up your bath with ginger root. The ginger makes the bath ‘hotter’, allowing your sweat glands to open up and release the toxins. So if you love saunas or steam rooms, this detox bath recipe is for you!

MAIN HEALTH ENHANCING BENEFITS OF GINGER:

  • Calms nausea, including motion sickness dizziness
  • Relieves gas and bloating
  • Helps stop diarrhea
  • Boosts digestion
  • Calms menstrual cramps
  • Relieves headaches
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stabilizes blood pressure (equally when too high or too low)
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Soothes cold and flu symptoms, as well as respiratory infections
  • Known for its anti-cancer properties

BATH RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup Ginger- freshly grated or powdered (powdered goes deeper)
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1 Bath filled with hot water

Instructions:

  • Run a fresh hot bath and mix in the ginger and Epsom salts. While the bath is filling up, start opening up your skin by dry skin brushing. Remember, always in a circular motion and towards the heart.
  • Sit in the bath for 20-30 minutes. Do NOT go over 30 minutes. You should start to feel hot and sweaty within the first 5-10 minutes. If you don’t, your bath water is not hot enough.
  • When you are out of the bath, wrap yourself up in towel. You will continue to sweat for about 1 hour afterwards so it’s best to do this before bed and when you don’t have to up early and super active the next day. Do not put on any moisturizers after the bath. You skin needs to continue to breath and this will clog your pores, which defeats the purpose of cleansing. 
  • Some may wake up the next day feeling ‘foggy’ or just thirsty. Don’t worry, these are just signs that it’s working. Just make sure you continue to stay hydrated throughout the day and your body will continue to strengthen.

TIP: Do this seasonally to help your body transition between the seasons and keep you feeling stronger so you don’t get a ‘chill’ the next time the temperature drops.