Detox Bath In A Jar Recipe: #10DaysofGiftmas DIY
- Published on: 13 December, 2015
- Last update: 16 January, 2016
Welcome to Day 3 of #10DaysOfGiftmas where I’ll be posting a new DIY holiday gift recipe every day! Today’s homemade gift is nourishing to the skin, and will help your loved ones relax while removing harmful pollutants from their bodies.
We all know that our skin is our largest organ. It absorbs everything we touch – and does its best to protect us from the bad guys. It’s also known as “the third kidney,” meaning it can be used by our bodies as a last resort for waste removal when our kidneys are overburdened and unable to filter wastes properly. This is the reason for the huge influx of skin disorders we’re seeing in our modern world – eczema, psoriasis, acne… even dandruff! Our bowels are sluggish, and our kidneys/liver are busy dealing with environmental pollutants like heavy metals and pesticides, so the toxicity we’re dealing with is often forced to come out through our skin.
If you’ve dealt with any number of these skin issues, have you ever noticed that they clear up in the summertime when you’re able to take frequent dips in the ocean? Are you like me, and wait all year long for the chance to treat your face to some fresh, salty ocean water? Swimming/bathing in sea salt is incredibly alkalizing to the body and can help neutralize the acid wastes that the kidneys and liver are struggling to push out. It also contains many essential minerals required for detoxification. Going to the beach frequently always leaves me with a gorgeous, clear complexion no matter what kind of breakouts I’m having. I instinctively knew since I was a young girl that the ocean and its magical salt water was healing to my body, and as I’ve grown older and researched detoxification that intuition continues to be reinforced.
A detox bath is the best way to get rid of the toxins we’re bombarded with daily – and it’s relaxing, too! In fact, according to nutritional pioneer Dr. Hazel Parcells, 65% of body cleansing is achieved via the skin.
The Japanese in particular greatly value cleansing detox baths, so much so that public baths remain popular even today. They favor using water as hot as a person can possibly stand with a special type of cloth used to exfoliate, stimulate lymphatic flow, and thereby encourage detoxification.
The ingredients in this DIY detox bath in a jar both pull toxins from the skin and are also absorbed by the skin, providing minerals that support the body’s natural detox systems and overall health.
Recipe + Benefits:
* 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan sea salt: Please feel free to add more if you have a large mason jar. Himalayan sea salt contains 84 essential minerals that are crucial for detoxification. A strong himalayan salt bath (1-2 full pounds of salt per bath… which is a LOT) is claimed to be the equivalent of a 3-day fast in terms of detoxification. Sea salt is therapeutic for any exposure to environmental radiation, x-rays, plane flights or airport screenings by TSA.
* 1/3 cup baking soda: Baking soda helps neutralize the body’s pH and counteracts chlorine in tap water. It’s also beneficial for exposure to irradiated food, swollen glands, sore throat or soreness of the gums and mouth. Lastly, it’s wonderful for those with digestive impairment such as the inability to hold food in the stomach comfortably.
* 1/3 cup organic oat straw: Oatstraw is tranquilizing and calming. It makes a wonderful bath or compress for dry, itchy, irritated skin conditions like sunburn, rashes, shingles and eczema. As a sitz bath it can also improve vaginal dryness and increase libido.
* slices of fresh lemon: Alkalizing, detoxifying, and adds a lovely scent to the tub!
* 1/3-1/2 cup Epsom salt: Magnesium sulfate flushes toxins and also promotes relaxation, improves oxygen use, helps muscles and nerves function properly, and improves the absorption of nutrients. The scientific name for Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and sulfur are both critical nutrients but surprisingly can be poorly absorbed from our food. Soaking in Epsom salts overcomes this problem as these minerals both absorb readily via the skin. According to the Epsom Salt Industry Council, a simple soak is beneficial to heart and circulatory health, can lower blood pressure, helps ease muscle pain and eliminates harmful substances from the body. It also improves nerve function by encouraging proper regulation of electrolytes.
* lavender essential oil (10-15 drops): I put my essential oil drops right on top of my Epsom salt layer.
Optional Add-Ins (not in the jar):
* 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar – balances PH, excellent for acne
* ~40 oxygen drops
* 1/2 cup bentonite clay – especially if your water is heavy chlorinated
* ginger essential oil – to boost kidney function, circulation, and liver detox
* frankincense essential oil – repairs DNA
* grapefruit essential oil – great for the lymphatic system
Fill your tub with hot water. The heat of the water opens your pores and allows for maximum absorption. It will also make you sweat, a natural detoxification process in itself. Pour your jar of ingredients into the tub as it’s filling up. Stay in the tub for at least 30 minutes, relaxing and deep breathing, enjoying the scent of the lavender. When you are done, no need to rinse off – simply towel dry.
Enjoy my friends, and check back tomorrow for Day 4!