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29 December 2012 @ 10:01 pm
Detoxification Bath  
If you know me well, you know that I'm a big believer in the wonderfulness of baths.

As opposed to showers.

Just so you know, I believe everyone should bathe, but I believe how you do it is optional.

Anyway, I few months ago, I got a recipe for a detox bath from one of my actress friends, Annika. And since the winter creeping crud is going around, I decided this morning was a good time to take one of these bad boys.

Detox baths are awesome. And they WORK. I felt like death on a cracker earlier this morning, and after one of these baths, I now feel... like less than that... Maybe just a cracker, without all the death. There are lots of detox bath recipes out there; Some of them contain apple cider vinegar, some use hydrogen peroxide. Mine contains neither of these, but seek out the ingredients you have on hand or meet your symptoms, and use what works best for you.

Annika's Carrie's Detox Bath

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Ingredients:

1/2 - 2 cups Epsom Salts
or Magnesium Sulfate (The amount varies according to your weight)
1 - 2 cups Baking Soda
Ground ginger or fresh grated ginger
Rose Water or preferred Essential Oils


Directions:

1. Fill your tub with warm to hot water. Whatever's most comfortable for you. Add Epsom Salts. (For kids up to 60 pounds, add 1/2 a cup, 60-100 pounds, 1 cup and over 100 pounds, 2 cups.)

2. Add 1 - 2 cups (or more) of baking soda.

3. Add the 1 TBSP - 1/3 cup ginger. (Most people sweat a LOT with the addition of the ginger - but that's what detox baths are all about. Go for it.)

4. And I add 3 - 4 Tbsp rose water or other oil of your choice. I used Rosewater because I had it, because it smells good and because it has anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Swish all your ingredients in the tub, then soak of 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes are to detoxify, the second twenty are to absorb all the good stuff in the bath.

6. Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body's been working hard & you may feel lightheaded. and you don't want to slip from all the stuff in your tub.

7. Drink plenty of water so your body can flush out all the toxins.

I hope everyone out there had a merry Christmas and is staying clear of all the winter sickness! And if not, try the detox bath. I think it really works.
 
 
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April DriggersApril Driggers on December 30th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
So....
if you're detoxifying your body by flushing it out and sweating it out... and then it's in the water... but you STAY in the water, what's to say your body isn't REabsorbing the nastiness instead of all the good stuff? HMMMM?????
Carrie Leigh: peekaboo bearcarrie_leigh on December 30th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: So....
Like the prophet George Michael said... Faith, baby.
O Demanding One: Winter: *Chicken Feet Big Feet! ♥heyurs on December 30th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: So....

Faith, indeed, Sister. *g*

Sounds maaaaaavelous.

You still get to snuggle with that adorable Aaron James? Gosh. *jealous*

Carrie Leigh: puppet showcarrie_leigh on December 30th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: So....
It's the best.
Jandy the Gnome Whispererjandjsalmon on December 30th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better, Carrie. I've missed you. :)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on December 30th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
I've missed you, too! If it weren't for FB, I'd almost never see you!
Jandy the Gnome Whispererjandjsalmon on December 30th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Very true. You're not here very often any more. :(
slitherhither: slitherhitherslitherhither on January 1st, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
I am so taking one of these baths next time I'm sick. Or perhaps before then. Thanks for sharing the recipe!