Some of the most enjoyable herbal remedies are for less-serious ailments. Use what you have in your garden to give yourself a much-needed dose of relaxation and decadence.
DETOX BATH BENEFITS
While there are many ways to detox, one of the easiest and most relaxing is through a detox bath. The best part? You can make them at home at a fraction of the cost and you don't have to leave the house!
Using essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with common household items like baking soda, Epsom salts, and honey can help flush impurities from the body by allowing it to sweat out toxins.
Are you ready? Make sure to stay in the bath for at least 40 minutes to an hour for best detoxifying results. Also, use hot water to help sweat out impurities.
Here are a few DIY Recipes for making your own spa time or for sharing as a homemade gift with friends and family!
Mustard and Ginger Detox Bath
2 cups Epsom salt
¼ cup grated ginger
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup mustard powder
Healing Bath Salts
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup bi-carb soda
10 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 tbsp dried lavender flowers
1 tbsp fresh rosemary sprigs
Bentonite Clay Bath
1 1/2 cups dead sea salts
1/2 cup cup epsom salt
1/2 cup real salt
1/8 cup bentonite clay
7 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops frankincense essential oil
Directions: Place dry ingredients into a bowl then add essential oils. Stir to incorporate thoroughly. Keep in airtight containers such as mason jars. Make sure to label so you don't forget what's in the jar! Don't ask how I know.....
MAKE YOUR OWN
Pick any herbs with a high concentration of volatile oils to make medicinal bath salts. A mixture of rosemary and lavender will work well. After drying the herbs, add a few sprigs of each to a covered glass jar (approximately 40 ounces) filled with sea salt or Epsom salt. Store in a cool, dry place for about two weeks — longer if you wish — agitating them every once in a while. After the herbs have imparted their smell and oils to the salt, you can remove the sprigs. Pour 1 to 2 cups of the salt into a running bath, or use it as a body scrub.
Pick fresh flowers of calendula, lavender and stalks of rosemary and put them in a large glass bowl. Fill the bowl with boiling water and cover quickly with a towel. Set the bowl on a table or the floor and pull the towel over your head, making sure the towel is still covering three sides of the bowl. Lower your head until you are close enough to feel the herbal steam penetrating your skin, but not so close that it is uncomfortably hot. Breathe deeply and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. The steam will not only help to open the upper respiratory tract but it also will impart the medicinal qualities of the herbs to the skin on your face and neck, increasing circulation and enhancing your complexion. Enjoy.
Naturopathic Lifestyle Educator and Wellness Coach, Sonja Upham, received medical missionary training and lifestyle education at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center in Alabama and Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina. She moved from her position as Webmaster and class lecturer at Uchee Pines back to North Carolina where she serves as Assistant Health Ministries Director at her local church, and Co-founder of HeavenScent Wholistic Health, along with her husband Dave. Furthering her education she attended Global College of Natural Medicine, receiving her Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner certifications. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Naturopathy.