DIY Detox Bath

Hi Friends!  I have some good stuff for you coming in the next few weeks, but I'm still trying to get organized!  I was in Florida for my beautiful cousin's wedding on New Year's and last week, we surprised my daughter with a trip to Disney!  Will and I needed a vacation from that vacation, but we are finally getting back into the groove of life.  Like most people, I started a new workout routine this year (it's actually a bigger commitment to my old routine) and I am SO sore!  I thought I would share this Detox Bath, I posted last year, because it is what I have been doing every night to get my muscles ready for the next days workout!

I love a bath!  I especially love a bath with benefits.  Have you every perused the aisles in the bath section at a Whole Foods?  The smell of lavender, grapefruit, patchouli and eucalyptus, along with several others, is so refreshing and calming, but the price is not.

Did you know it is super easy to make your own bath with benefits?  You only need a few ingredients (you probably already have on hand) and you can make an amazing detox bath for a fraction of the price.  Let's start with a little history...

I'm not saying that I am a detox bath expert, but I started doing homemade detox baths right after my daughter was born.  I used Epsom salt and essential oils to aid in the healing process.  As my daughter grew and attended day school, play dates, and toddler time at the library, she would occasionally pick up some unwelcome germs and catch a cold.  I don't like to medicate her, if I can avoid it (mostly because it's as if someone is strangling her when it comes time to take the medicine and she usually spits it up), so we started using detox baths to help lessen cold symptoms and shorten their duration. We've been doing them ever since.

Now, before we get into the how to, let's talk about benefits:

Epsom Salt:

  • Magnesium rich, which helps produce serotonin, which makes you calm.
  • Relieves pain and inflammation, which is great for post-workout.
  • Helps regulates electrolytes and hydrates.
  • Eliminates toxins and heavy metals from cells. 

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt:

  • It's the purest salt on Earth, so it contains no artificial anything.
  • Has 80+ minerals to help hydrate the and detoxify the body of heavy metals.
  • May help reduce blood pressure.
  • May help improve circulation.  

Baking Soda:

  • Softens hard water.
  • Smooths skin.
  • Relieves irritation from bites and burns.

Lavender:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Treats insomnia.
  • Relieves joint and muscle pain.
  • Strengthens immune system.

Ok, now that you know the benefits of a Detox Bath, let's make one!

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda

 Optional:

  • 1 Tablespoon crushed dried Lavender (like this)
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil (I am using this one)

Mix Epsom, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, and Baking Soda together. 

Add crushed lavender and essential oil and mix again until well incorporated.

Put in lidded glass jar.

So easy, my four year old helped.  

Now, for the detox bath, you'll want to use it all.  Pour salts into the tub while the water is running.  You will want it has warm as you can tolerate and fill it up!  Soak for at least 20 minutes, but up to 40 fully submerged.  Have a tall glass of ice water with you to drink throughout your soak.  

Relax and enjoy!

xoxo, Alicia

Take it Easy on Labor Day!

Whether you work in the home or outside the home, do yourself a favor on this Labor Day weekend and take some time to relax.  Here's how:

LOOK at the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar!

That's right, the Fall Fashion Issue is on stands now and it is just packed full of fashion goodness.  If you want to freshen up your wardrobe for Fall, look no further for inspiration.  Don't miss it!

ALLOW yourself the time to sleep in!

The importance of sleep should never be dismissed!  We live in a world where everyone is on the go all the time, and so many of us are sleep deprived.  Use this weekend as a chance to catch some extra shut-eye.  You deserve it!

BUY yourself a present!

Maybe it's something small, like a milkshake.  Maybe it's something bigger, like that pair of Frye Boots you have been just dying to have.  Either way, give yourself a treat.  You work very hard and should give yourself a gift every once in a while.

ORDER a Stitch Fix for Fall!

Have you tried StitchFix yet?  I just had my first experience with Stitch Fix and it was super fun.  Do yourself a favor if you haven't already and go to their website, open an account, fill out your preferences, and schedule a fix.  It is that easy to have great clothes, personally styled for you and delivered right to your door.  Keep what you love and then send back the rest.  It is a great way to shop for those who, well, don't really have time to shop.  

READ about the history of Labor Day!

Have you forgotten some of the information you learned in your US history classes?  Well join the club!  On this Labor Day, take some time to remember why you have the day off.  At the height of the Industrial Revolution (late 1800s), typical Americans worked 12 hour days, 7 days per week to make a basic living.  Can you imagine?  Thank goodness times have changed and we have legislation that protects the American worker.  Labor Day now honors the contributions, achievements, and history of the American labor force.  Here is a great article that reviews the history of American labor.

Thanks for reading and for those of you in the Southeast who are bracing for the storm, stay safe.  Also, here is a link to a recipe for a Hurricane, the classic New Orleans rum drink, just in case you need it.

~Claire