One of my favourite ways to relax is by taking a bath… in fact, one of the reasons I live where I do is because of how lovely the bathtub in this house is! Sliding into a hot bath at the end of a long day is nothing short of blissful, and I love treating myself to a fancy bath bomb or luxury bath salts when I can. I recently discovered detox baths, and I can’t believe how much more relaxing my soaks are now. Hot detox baths help me clear my mind, my body, and my spirit, and I hope that you find that they do the same for you. As usual, here are three of my favourites!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath: as you run your bath water, pour in between 1 and 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak in your bath for between 30 and 45 minutes, and then have a quick rinse with clean water before drying yourself off. Apple cider vinegar is one of those miracle ingredients, it really is great for almost everything. It helps reduce joint pain, helps reduce acne, and eliminates body odor.
2. Ginger Bath: as you run your bath water, add half a cup of grated ginger or a single tablespoon of ginger powder. Soak for between 15 and 20 minutes before rinsing yourself off with clean water. Ginger helps soothe sore muscles, and draws toxins out from your body. If using fresh ginger, wrap it up in a cheese cloth or use a tea ball to reduce cleanup. I love this bath whenever I feel a cold coming on.
3. Milk & Honey Bath: as you run your bath water, add one cup of milk and half a cup of honey to your bath water. Soak in the mixture for up to 45 minutes before rinsing off. Milk is a great exfoliate that improves your circulation, and honey is rejuvenating and antibacterial. This bath always gives me the softest skin!
Please remember that detox baths are designed to make you sweat, and you’re meant to use the warmest water you can stand. Because of this, it’s important that you make sure to stay hydrated, even after your bath. With the ginger bath especially, you’ll sweat for a while even after you’re done, so it’s important to keep drinking water.