On the eighth day of detox, I gave to me…
eight salt baths,
six spicy swishes,
five yoga poses,
four foods that heal,
two cleansing breaths,
and the most vibrant vision of me.
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 essential minerals found in the human body. Coincidence? I think not. It is praised for relieving a variety of conditions from acne to halitosis, eczema and psoriasis, and for drawing toxins from the body. The salts can be purchased from large crystals to fine grinds.
Dead Sea salt is another popular soak. The Dead Sea is long sought after for its purifying and rejuvenating qualities. Benefits reported include relief from pain due to osteoarthritis and tendinitis, as well as psoriasis and other skin issues.
Fill your tub first then add 1/2 to 1 cup or more of himalayan or dead sea salts and soak for 20 minutes or more. Enjoy this daily ritual for the remainder of your detox. A wonderful way to unwind at the end of your day. Begin your bath with a self-massage and follow with a foot rub.
Choose a pure salt and use it on its own or add good quality herbs or essential oils for an herbal experience. Add the strained herbs from your herbal oil infusion.
Mint – energizing, invigorating
Lavender – relaxing, calming
Rose – sensual, nurturing
Jasmine green tea – antioxidant-rich, balances yin and yang
Vanilla – relaxing, particularly pleasing scent for men
Orange – uplifting, joyful
Clove – warming, soothing
Eucalyptus – clearing, uplifting
Or make your own blend; orange and clove to awaken the senses, or vanilla and lavender for deep relaxation.
Add the caviar of a vanilla bean to your jar of salts and keep tightly sealed. When ready, a few drops of lavender essential oil in the tub with your vanilla salt will lull you off to dreamland.
Clove buds in the jar of salt will spice it up nicely. A few drops of sweet orange essential oil in the tub with the spiced salt provides a pleasant pick-me-up.
Keep essential oils away from children, do not take internally and consult a professional if pregnant, nursing or medical conditions exist.
Bonus Detox Tip: Need to breathe easier this season? Try this practice from Spring Forest Qigong Master Chunyi Lin. Open the lung and sinus channels to enhance the flow of breath and detoxification.