If your festive season was like mine, a full-body detox is in order. Our livers are very effective at detoxifying after an indulgent period, and returning to healthy habits certainly makes us feel so much better. Here is one super easy way to kick-start your healthy mindset. All it takes is a small addition to your normal daily bath routine – my Detox Mustard Bath Soak!
If you are in a region in our country with water restrictions, try this recipe as a hand and foot soak and treat yourself to an at-home-spa mani and pedi. The effects will be just as beneficial.
¼ cup mustard seed powder
½ cup Epsom salts
¼ cup Himalayan crystal salt
1 tbsp ginger powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
Mix everything together and then add as much as you’d like to the bath for a relaxing and detoxifying bath. Try to soak for at least 15 -20 minutes to get the full benefit.
Epsom salts are always praised as a great bath tonic for tired and achy muscles. There are debates about whether it really works or not. It is rich in magnesium which is the mineral that is needed for muscle recovery. Does it work topically? I am not sure, all I do know is that it does make your skin feel amazing, and even if that’s all you achieve, it’s worth it.
You can use normal salt for this soak, I prefer to use Himalayan crystal salt as it has extra minerals and the colour makes the bath soak look so pretty!
Mustard has been known to stimulate the sweat glands, which opens the pores and helps the body rid itself of toxins. Mustard baths have been around for centuries and are still very popular today.
The addition of the ginger and cinnamon helps to stimulate circulation throughout the body.
The little pink salt crystals with yellow and brown from the mustard and cinnamon is a visual delight. I believe that when you stimulate a number of senses, it is easier to relax and enjoy the time-out while in the bath.
There are quite a few essential oils that you can use to stimulate your circulation if you would like to substitute ginger. Try any of the following: grapefruit oil (helps with the lymphatic system as well which is great for detoxifying), mandarin, rose or rosemary. Add 5 – 10 drops to the mixture instead of ginger.
Get 2018 off to a great start by putting yourself first, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
(RELATED POST: The Cosmetics Chef – Make your own cosmetics)
Contributed by Conny Oberrauter, Cosmetics Chemist and author of The Cosmetics Chef
Visit The Cosmetics Chef website