Essential oils are good for topical use, diffusing, and even ingesting but have you ever considered putting them in your bath? Essential oils in a hot bath can help your body to essentially (pun intended) sweat out toxins, cleaning you inside and out.
Many essential oils have detoxifying properties on their own, but placing them in a steaming hot bath helps boost your body’s natural ability to flush out toxins. Steam from the bath can also help support a healthy respiratory system. Plus, they smell great! Toxins in your body can cause inflammation in any or all of your core body systems, causing subsequent issues such as chronic pain, sleep issues, weight gain, gastrointestinal issues, and more. Detox baths are a great, natural, and effective way to help your body rid itself of toxins.
Setting up a detox bath is as easy as it is effective. Start off with dry brushing the skin to exfoliate and open the pores and lymphatic system (see Dry Brushing article for more information). Next pour half a cup of baking soda into the tub, this neutralizes the bath water for the oils. Then, add half a cup of Epsom salt, which is full of detoxifying magnesium. Lastly, add a carrier oil (coconut, avocado, etc.) and a few drops of your chosen essential oils.
Drinking lots of hydrating liquids (water, tea, etc.) after bathing and moisturizing the skin helps your body to recovery from the heat of the bath and the hydration lost in your sweat. Another good thing to do after taking a detox bath is to rinse your skin and clean out the bathtub. Toxins that you’ve sweated and left over oils should be flushed from you and your tub!
Kristi. “Essential Oils Uses in a Detox Bath.” i Should Be Mopping the Floor, 14 May 2015, http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2015/05/simple-detox-bath-recipes.html#more.