Yeah, I had a few too many Reese's Peanut Butter Cups this Halloween. But I'm still a good person. And now it's time to clean up my act.
Don't worry. This isn't a post about going on a juice cleanse or depriving yourself of anything. It's a post about taking a long, hot bath.
One of the easiest ways to draw toxins from your body is soaking in a bath of hot water and Epsom salts. Not only does it feel great -- what a treat! -- but it will relax you, ease sore muscles, aid digestion, encourage elimination and help you sleep. Oh, and your skin will look radiant after an Epsom salt soak.
Epsom salts are really inexpensive. You can buy them at any grocery or drug store. They are magnesium sulphates in crystal form, and got their name from the town where they were first discovered, Epsom, England. Cheerio!
I sometimes buy specialty salts for soaking online from SaltWorks. They sell all kinds of table and soaking salts, and they deliver for free so you don't have to lug a big, heavy bag home. But for smaller amounts it's just as easy to grab some on your next grocery run.
While it's possible that the benefits of Epsom salts are just an old wives' tales, I don't think so. Most of us are deficient in minerals and a mineral bath is a great way to restore your body's balance. Try it for yourself and see if you agree that you look and feel noticeably better. Here's how:
- Put two to four cups of Epsom salts into a hot bath.
- Make the water as hot as you can stand it.
- Ease in and swish the salts around so they dissolve.
- Roll up a towel to use as a pillow; lean back and relax.
- Stay in as long as you can, minimum 15 minutes. I aim for 30-40. Yeah. I'm that indulgent.
- As the water cools that's when the voodoo healing magic happens. (Now that's science you can trust!)
- Don't bother with bubbles; the salt makes them disappear.
- When you're done soaking stand up and rinse off the salt with a quick shower.
No pressure, but here are a few enhancements to make it even better:
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the bath.
- Light a candle and turn down the bathroom lights.
- Use a rough wash cloth or other tool to exfoliate as you rinse off. After all that soaking your skin is soft and ready to slough off.
- Slather on some high quality body oil. It'll soak right into your skin so make sure it doesn't contain chemicals! Here's a pricey one I like, a less expensive one and a really affordable one.
- Drink a big glass of water with lemon.
- Go right to bed after. You'll sleep like a happy baby.
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