For those of us who don’t have access to the benefits of a sauna, soaking in a ginger infused bath is a wonderful therapeutic alternative. The following ginger detox bath recipe is a fantastic remedy for raising the body temperature, promoting a healthy sweat, releasing nervous tension, anxiety and toxins from the body.
Ginger is a highly revered and powerful medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years in cultures across the globe. You may know the soothing effects of a ginger tea on the stomach when you suffer from nausea, or the relief ginger extraxt can provide from motion sickness or menstrual cramps. Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its effectiveness at improving blood circulation. It is also a potent antioxidant and anti-microbial. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that ginger raises the body temperature, thus facilitating a good sweat which is an important way for our body to eliminate toxins. All of this makes ginger a formidable ingredient for a detox bath. Additionally ginger helps to relieve muscle soreness making it the perfect treat after an intense workout session that soothes tired limbs and reduces recovery time.
Mix all of the ingredients together and add to the hot water running into the tub. Let it steep for about ten minutes in order to maximize effectiveness before taking the bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes. I recommend drinking a ginger tea or a shot of fresh ginger juice while taking the bath. In this way you get the full inside out benefits of this amazing medicinal plant!
This blend also makes a great foot soak. Simply adjust the amounts. I suggest using 1/4 of the above recipe.
There is a very good chance that this ginger detox bath may cause you to sweat profusely for up to a few hours after getting out of the tub. That’s a good thing as it will assist your body in releasing toxins, but it’s a good idea to take the bath in the evening, right before bedtime, instead of popping into the ginger bath before an important meeting or a hot date. Just sayin’! In case you find you don’t sweat at all, don’t sweat it. Your body may just be a little bit congested and in need of getting into the healthy habit of sweating again. In this case I recommend to take a ginger bath two or three times a week until the desired effect sets in.
In Joy, Ariane