3 Detoxing Baths To Refresh Your Body

December 30, 2014

One of the greatest joys of a busy life has to be a long soak in a bath. A homemade detoxing bath magnifies this pleasure even more.

Detoxing baths are nothing new — in fact, detoxing baths have been used for centuries as a way of treating ailments and healing the body.

I use natural products in my bath all the time to soothe, detox, and even stop colds and flus. Here are my three favorite recipes for a soothing, detoxing bath.

The first is for achy, post-training muscles — muscles that have powered you up a hill or through a Soul Cycle class. This bath is my go-to after a long workout, and I find that it helps reduce lactic acid buildup and stimulates blood flow. The baking soda also helps draw out toxins in the skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons sea salt

The second is a bath with apple cider vinegar. This simple trick turns your bath into an amazing anti-inflammatory treat. The vinegar helps draw out toxins, promote restful sleep and clean out the pores in our skin. This bath is also great if you are getting a cold, as it helps you sweat and the steam will open up your sinuses. An apple vinegar bath can also help make you sleepy and curb insomnia.

Ingredients:

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

The final bath is a relaxing detox bath with chamomile tea. Think of it like a giant cup of tea for your body. Chamomile tea will soothe the skin and reduce swelling. It is great for achy joints, arthritis or sore muscles. A chamomile bath will also help keep your skin and hair shiny. Chamomile has a soothing effect on our bodies, and  this bath will promote sleep and reduce anxiety.

Ingredients:

5 chamomile tea bags or 5 teaspoons heaped tea leaves

Steep the tea for 15 minutes in 1 liter of water, strain and add to your bath.

Photo credit: Yolanda Hinchliffe

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Yolanda Hinchliffe

An IIN graduate, Yolanda is a Nordic London health coach. A registered nutritionist, she is passionate about teaching the skill of cooking so you can nurture your body at every meal.

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