Vital therapy time. How do you make your detox soak more relaxing?
In our previous post, we got you rolling on setting up the perfect detox soak with all the aromatherapy tools. After a long day or long week, you want to soak and relax in a hot detox soak, using the best bath salts and essential oils.
This has great benefits for your physical and mental well-being—it clears your mind of stressful thoughts, soothes aches and pains, relieves irritating skin conditions, and reinvigorates your muscles. Just make sure you do it right!
In Part I, we covered:
I. Getting Your Tub Ready
II. Setting up a Bathtub Caddy for Your Accessories
III. Getting the Mood LIghting and Music Going
IV. Soaking at the Right Place, at the Right Time
V. Getting the Goods-Bath Salts and Essential Oils
And in this post, we’ll discuss:
VI. Getting the Right Temp
VII. The Right Bath Blend
VIII. Indulging and Chillaxing
Getting the Right Temperature
You want to sweat a little bit, so with your bathroom door closed, and using a thermometer, get the water to a comfortable hot tub kind of heat, about 100 – 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
You don’t want the too hot, because you might get lightheaded and even dizzy. The reason you want to sweat a bit is because that helps the skin's microbiome, which prevents harmful bacteria from entering your pores.
Start out with water that’s “too” hot, then add cold water a little at a time to cool it off to the right temperature. The other way around (colder, then adding hot water) will take forever to get the temperature right.
Keep the bathroom door shut so steam builds up and keeps the room warm. If the room is chilly, run a space heater at a safe distance away from your tub.
Adding a Good Bath Blend
First dilute your essential oils with coconut oil before adding to your water (four to five drops to one ounce of coconut oil) to prevent skin irritation or possible allergic reaction.
There are different types of bath salts and essential oils, that offer different effects.
Essential oils vary, but some types include:
Find a combination that works best for you, based on your situation and needs.
Indulge and “Chillax”
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Start out by soaking for about 20 minutes, then get out of the water and drink two to three 8 oz. servings of beverage with electrolytes (e.g., Gatorade, or coconut water with a dash of salt).
Rinse off in the shower, and apply moisturizing lotion to your skin. Remember your bathtub caddy. Make sure you’ve got your favorite snacks and beverages nearby (with plenty of water to stay hydrated).
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