I mentioned last week that I took a detox bath when I was feeling very ill and it helped. Detox bathing is truly one of the most successful and easy ways to detox the body from harmful toxins that make you feel ill, toxic, or even in pain. It is not always as easy to make yourself get into the tub when you feel so sick but it is worth the trouble. I find that I feel better, calmer, and nearly pain-free as I soak and the time usually flies while I read a magazine or watch something on my iPad. I’m sure it would help those who love the water or benefit from water therapy in even more ways.
Detox bath ingredients:
- 4-5 cups Epsom Salts
- 2-3 cups Baking Soda
- 5-8 drops Essential Oil (optional)
I soak for 15-30 minutes, sometimes a little longer if I am very comfortable and feeling relief from pain and discomfort. I try to enjoy a detox bath at least five times a week due to the intensity of my herxing from the use of antibiotics, but at least twice weekly would be beneficial for anyone.
The benefits of an Epsom Salt bath are numerous. It can flush toxins and heavy metals out of the body, improve the heart and circulatory health, ease muscle and joint pain, reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps, improve the absorption of nutrients, ease headaches and migraines and much more. For lymies with specific ailments, it can ease pain, stress, and tension, help ease the effects of a herxheimer reaction, calm the mind, release harmful toxins caused by antibiotic use and the death of spirochetes, and at times quite possibly save you from losing your mind.
The baking soda is used to neutralize chemicals in the water if it is not already filtered and increase mineral absorption.
Adding essential oils to your bath is entirely optional, but be sure you possess a good knowledge of their individual uses before adding them in. Some may irritate the skin rather than soothe the senses. Lavender is always a good option and is best added directly to the Epsom salts before pouring your mixture into the bath. If I have a headache or am very stressed I will add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to my palms, rub gently and hold my palms over my nose and mouth and focus on deep, moderated breathing. I also rub it on my temples, wrists and the back of my neck. Peppermint aromatherapy helps to calm the mind and relieve stress and is the perfect addition while soaking in a detox bath.
My only warning is not to allow the water to become too hot, only warm enough to open the pores or as warm as you can tolerate without feeling worse. I adore hot baths but once the water raises my temperature I feel much worse rather than better, so it defeats the purpose. Be especially careful of this if you have Lyme or temperature heat sensitivity/heat intolerance like me. I have nearly been rushed to the E.R. before because of the debilitating effects of a hot shower, so be sure to use warm rather than hot water in your bath and if it becomes too hot, cool your bath down to continue enjoying your detox bath and always rinse with cool water before you get out. It helps tremendously if you’ve become overheated. Never get out overheated without cooling yourself down with water first. I cannot stress this enough. And always rise from the tub slowly, as you may become lightheaded or dizzy (the cool water will help with this as well).
Also- not a warning, but a recommendation- detox baths tend to make one tired or sleepy so bathing right before bed or when you need to relax or ease stress is the best time. For house-bound lymies, anytime works, but it is especially beneficial when you’re feeling very ill or toxic and most likely herxing.
Did you know that in the American Colonial days, some thought bathing or submerging one’s body in water was evil and would allow the devil to take over their souls?