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Therapeutic Baths That Could Change Your Life
3. Baking Soda Treatment
Sodium bicarbonate, AKA baking soda, is also an inexpensive, popular choice that can be used alone, or added to either clay or seaweed baths. Dissolve about 4 cups of baking soda into hot water. Baking soda buffers the effects of radiation and will leave your skin remarkably softer. Read more about baking soda uses.
4. Sea Salt Treatment
Sea salt is great for grounding and detoxifying the body. Sea salt can also be added to clay or baking soda baths. Himalayan pink salt or Celtic salt are two fantastic choices for baths. Use about 2 cups per bath and agitate the water so the salt doesn’t just settle on the bottom of the tub.
5. Epsom Salt Treatment
If you have sore muscles, this is the soak for you! Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) is super detoxifying and eases sore muscles and joint pain. Add about 3 cups of Epsom salt to an average sized bath tub and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes.
If you want to do a little self-massage, there is no better place than a hot bath. After you have soaked and loosened up your muscles for about 15 minutes, take a ball (most people use a tennis ball) and trap it between your back and the back of the tub, or between your leg and the bottom of the tub, and roll the ball back and forth over your muscles. Your buoyancy in the water allows you complete control over the pressure point of the ball. Apply a bit more or a bit less pressure is as easy as submerging yourself a bit more or rising out of the water a bit.
Remember not to make your bath crazy hot. Hot, therapeutic baths are supposed to be soothing and peaceful, not burning and painful! Make the water comfortably hot, but don’t allow yourself to get burned. Be sure you drink plenty of water before and after your bath so you don’t become dehydrated (find out main reasons of dehydration). This is one of the main reasons people avoid baths; they become dehydrated, get headaches afterwards, and feel grumpy. All of those symptoms are signs that you are dehydrated. You might even want to consider keeping a bottle of ice cold water next to the bath and taking a swig every 5 minutes or so to be sure you don’t become dehydrated.
Also, don’t take a hot bath just before bed. The hot water rev’s up your system at first and it takes a few hours before you will cool down and really feel relaxed. Be sure you have plenty of time to cool down completely before you head off to bed.