The skin is our largest organ and one that is an excellent vehicle for detoxifying the body. One-third of all invading bacteria, viruses and toxins are eliminated through the skin. When the liver, colon, and kidneys become overwhelmed, the skin picks up the slack. Often it is difficult for the body to keep up with the task of removing environmental pollutants and chemicals, as well as excessive dietary fats, preservatives and impurities found in our food. During detoxifying baths, toxins are processed through the pores to the surface of the skin.
Because we are living in the modern world, we end up carrying an accumulation of toxins in our bodies. The symptoms of toxic overload include:
- Skin inflammation
- Brown spots
- Achy joints
- Heavy bags under the eyes
- Effective detoxifying of the body treats vaginal yeast infections and restores acid-alkaline balance.
An easy and relaxing way get rid of toxins in the body is by soaking in a detoxifying bath, right in your own bathtub.
How to take detoxifying baths
If you are new to the detoxifying bath procedure, start slowly — do not soak more than 10-15 minutes, and build up to 30 minutes if you can tolerate it. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, so that you do not dehydrate during your soaking. During your soak, drinking hot herbal tea will promote sweating, and afterward drinking carrot or vegetable juice replenishes minerals lost during detoxifying. If you have access to water that is not chlorinated, great. If not, add 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (3%) to the bathwater.
Hot water, around 98 degrees or what is tolerable to you, draws toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface, while taking a follow-up cool shower pulls toxins from the skin, according to Dr. Hazel Parcells, an expert on detoxifying. Do not submerge your head, and pat dry rather than rubbing. Wrap yourself in a dry towel and keep your feet covered when you get out of the bath. It is good to go right to bed after detoxifying baths.
Remember the toxin-pulling action may create some body stress. After soaking in detoxifying baths, rise up slowly. Rinse in cool water for just a few seconds. This prevents the blood from pooling. As a result of the toxins being pulled from your body, you may feel a headache or fatigue.
You may experience flu-like symptoms while detoxifying because your body is ridding itself of poisons. You can get some relief from these symptoms by taking baths using Epsom salts (1 to 2 cups) and baking soda (1 cup) in a tub of water, and soaking for 20 minutes. Detoxing baths should be taken on a daily basis during detoxification and rotated, switching to a different type of bath each day.
Common salts used in detoxifying baths include Epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda, Dead Sea salts, and Bentonite clay. These are highly alkaline and cleansing. Bentonite clay should be used with care and only as directed, as it may clog household plumbing. For a full bath, use 1 cup of Epsom salts for every 60 pounds of body weight, or pour 3-4 cups in each time you soak to promote lymphatic drainage. Hydrogen peroxide can be added for oxygenation. One cup of baking soda, which acts as a mild antiseptic, opens pores, relieves itching and skin irritation and is good for skin conditions such as eczema. It also helps with eliminating metal toxicity and promotes proper pH balance.
Other detoxing baths of interest include:
Seaweed — is an overall detoxifying agent that nourishes the skin, increases micro-circulation, and restores minerals. Seaweed is believed to absorb toxins by up to 50 percent of its dry weight. Add a large piece of seaweed, kelp, or one tablespoon of dulse flakes to a pot of boiling water and let steep for 1/2 hour. Strain and add to bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.
Epsom salts – is magnesium sulfate that is absorbed through the skin during detoxing baths. These salts help to draw toxins from the body, reduce swelling and relax muscles. Epsom salts are named for the mineral rich waters of Epsom, England where they were known at least as far back as Shakespeare’s day.
Himalayan salt – offers overall detoxifying, relaxation and energy balance. Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and trace minerals that can be absorbed through your skin, and is softening to the skin. Add 2 or 2 and 1/2 pounds to bathtub water–soak for 20 minutes–do not shower off salt. Instead, just pat dry with a towel.
Epsom salts and ginger — opens pores, eliminates toxins, helps to eliminate pain. Stir one cup of Epsom salts and 2 tablespoons of ginger in a cup of water first, then add to the bath. Do not remain in the tub for more than 30 minutes.
Salt and soda – helps counteract the effects of radiation, whether from X-rays, cancer treatment, fallout from the atmosphere, or communication devices. Use 1 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ordinary coarse salt (or Epsom salts or sea salt) to a tub of water. Soak for 20 minutes.
Epsom salts, sea salt and sesame oil — helps with dry skin and stress. Take 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of sea salt and 1 cup of sesame oil and put into a warm or hot tub of water and soak for 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry.
Vinegar — used when the body is too acidic to restore the acid-alkaline balance. Use 1 cup to 2 quarts of 100% apple cider vinegar in a bathtub of warm water. Soak 40 to 45 minutes. This bath eliminates excess uric acid in the body and is good for the joints, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and gout.