A simple way to start reducing your body’s toxic load is by taking a bath in the comfort of your own home. Detoxification baths are one of the easiest, most comfortable, most economical, and convenient ways to assist the body in reducing the body’s burden of stored chemicals. A bath with no additives cleans your skin, but if you add some simple ingredients to the bath water, then you can help to cleanse and nourish the inside of the body as well. Hydrotherapy, the use of water for medicinal purposes, has been used for centuries. A bath can be therapeutic and rejuvenating, provide deep relaxation, give pain relief, alkalinize the body, detoxify the body, lower blood pressure, increase circulation, relieve inflammation, help prevent muscle cramping, relax the mind and body, relieve insomnia, and can also be a vehicle to deliver nutrients to the body through the skin.
The combination of the hot water plus bath additives work together to create a detoxifying ,as well as, a nourishing action. First, the hot water in the bath pulls toxins out of the body to the surface of the skin. The additives in the bath encourage sweating and the poisons are drawn out of the body as the water in the bath cools. As the skin, known as the third kidney, eliminates the toxins through sweating it will also absorb the minerals and nutrients that are in the water.
If you are interested in implementing a detox program, baths can be taken on a daily basis during detox and rotated, switching to a different type of bath each day. After detoxing, use whichever bath seems appropriate to meet your current need.
General Instructions for Detox Baths
- If possible prior to the bath open up your skin’s pores by skin brushing. Skin brushing with a natural bristle bath brush removes dead skin cells and allows the pores to sweat more effectively. Skin brushing, a detoxification method in itself, will enhance the bath experience because it helps to open up the skin as a primary avenue for detoxification. Carefully brush all parts of your body brushing toward the heart to avoid extra pressure on veins and lymph vessels. Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin such as the face and neck, and harder pressure on places such as the soles of the feet. See “Skin Brushing” for complete instructions.
- If there is no chlorine or chloromine filter on the bathwater then do one or a combination of the following: (These options are also great for use when traveling.)
- 3000 Crystal Ball for the Bath – The ball requires no plumbing attachment and it removes 90% or more of the free chlorine in the water. You may want to add a couple of Microhydrin or Hydrogen Boost to the water for added protection. Toss it in your suitcase when you travel.
- Microhydrin – open up 5 capsules of Microhydrin into the bath water. This will neutralize the chlorine or chloramines in the water.
- Hydrogen Boost by Source Naturals – open up 5 capsules of Hydrogen Boost into the bath water. This will neutralize the chlorine or chloramines in the water. Get Hydrogen Boost at local health food stores.
- Baking Soda – according to Warren Clough, chemist and water expert, baking soda added to bath water will reduce the chorine and chloramines in the water to a very small degree.
- Draw your water as hot as you can comfortably stand. The hotter the water you use, the better, more thorough detox you will have. Use a cooking thermometer – usually 104 degrees is a comfortable temperature. It is important not to overheat to the point of weakness.
- Pour the ingredients for the bath into the water as the bath is filling. Double ingredients for large garden tubs.
- To assist hydration, drink water before, during and after your bath to replenish the water you have sweated out.
- Twenty to forty minutes is usually an adequate amount of time to soak in the bath. See directions for each bath.
- If you feel like you need to jump out of the water because you are too hot and uncomfortable, add a little cool water. Keep adding cool water until you can relax again. Get out of the bath if you are still uncomfortable.
- When you are ready to get out, move slowly and carefully in case you feel lightheaded or drained.
- You might also want to scrub or rub your skin after you finish soaking to encourage all the toxins brought to the surface of the skin to clear out.
- Until you know how you’ll react, you might want to limit your first bath to 10 minutes or less; and if you begin to feel unwell, cool the water down and if that doesn’t help get out of the tub!
- Optional: Some baths promote sweating even after the bath. If desired, get out of the bath, wrap up in a towel, lie down, and continue to sweat for thirty minutes.
- Follow with a shower in tepid water to cool down.
- If you have a weak heart or if you get palpitations while in the bath, you should not submerge your chest during the bath.
- If you should become dizzy or experience a rapid heartbeat, add cold water to the tub, which sometimes remedies the situation. Get assistance if needed and slowly get out of the tub.
- As a word of caution, if you have heart disease, high blood pressure or if you are diabetic, check with your doctor before trying a detox bath.