“The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.”
– Wayne Fields
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.
What exactly is bipolar 1 disease? Bipolar 1 disease is known as a maniac-depressive or maniac depression that is a form of mental illness. During most cases, people who suffer from bipolar 1 disease also suffer from episodes of cycling depression. However, many individuals with bipolar disorder can live a normal life. According to a research done by University of Michigan medical school, nearly 6 million Americans suffer from bipolar 1 disease. Studies have shown that in many cases, a person with bipolar disorder experience times of severe depression and times of mania or high mood.
For many decades, bipolar disease has remained one of the most rapid mental illnesses that have progressed from generations to generation. Nearly 83 percent of cases related to bipolar disease are severe in the U.S, and on average it starts when a person is around the age of 25 year. According to a research done by the university of Minnesota, about half of the people who suffer from anxiety and depression use some kind of holistic therapy to help them with their symptoms. Part of the reason why people are attracted to integrative care for depression or anxiety is the holistic perspective found.
There are many different methods in treating bipolar 1 disease. It can vary from prescribed medication, to holistic care and psychotherapy. Some of the methods used in holistic care are based on lifestyle changes, for example changing sleeping patterns, exercising, practicing meditation, managing episodes and changing your diet. Other recommended holistic remedies that can help with bipolar 1 disease are taking herbs and supplements. Some of those supplements are Omega 3 (Fish oil), Magnesium, Vitamins and eating nutrient dense food.
In many cases holistic care have helped with treating bipolar 1 disease and techniques like Chinese traditional medicine (Acupuncture), yoga, counseling and mediation have remained some of the promising methods that have helped individuals with bipolar 1 disease and depression. In conclusion, there isn’t a cure for bipolar 1 disorder. It requires lifelong treatment even when a patient with disorder is feeling better. However, some lifestyle adaptation can help with making the condition more manageable along side with medication.
“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”
-Anne Wilson Schaef
Dry brushing is a newly recognized and effective technique used to promote healthy skin, circulatory system, and lymphatic system. The technique is often used in spas, but can be done easily at home.
Using a dry brush in long strokes toward the heart, starting from the feet and hands and moving inward, can help to promote healthy circulatory flow. The brushing also helps to exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and healthy. The exfoliating brush removes excess dead skin cells, clears out the pores, and helps lymph nodes and vessels to drain of toxins.
The practice is not only good for the skin, heart, and lymph system, but is said to help get rid of cellulite deposits as well. Testimonies of dry brush users claim that the reduction of cellulite was noticeable within weeks of starting to use dry brushing. Some have linked the draining of the lymph system to the cellulite reduction, although there is not much concrete evidence to support this claim.
Dry brushing is also said to give energy boosts, due to the benefits to the circulatory system. It is best done before showering in order to get rid of remaining dead skin cells. Some users have used essential oils on their dry brush in order to help the lymphatic drainage. Others have tried alternating shower temperature between hot and cold to further the circulatory advantages. Overall the technique is beneficial to many body systems, and can be used for relaxing and energizing, done right in your home!
Wells, Katie. “Dry Brushing for Skin: Benefits & How to Do It the Right Way.” Wellness Mama®, 23 Jan. 2019, wellnessmama.com/26717/dry-brushing-skin/.
Sutherland, Lee. “Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing Today.” Mindbodygreen, Mindbodygreen, 6 Oct. 2017, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7955/why-you-should-start-dry-body-brushing-today.html.