Baths & Skin Treatment
Hot baths induce sweating which is the one of the methods the body uses to detox. Toxins and metabolic wastes are constantly being processed for elimination by the body. When some health issues arise the immune system or parts of it may become overburdened. This allows for the accumulation of these toxins. Toxins are excreted when one sweats and detox baths are an excellent method to help an overburden body cleanse itself of these poisons.
Suggestions For a Detox Bath
It is suggested that one purchases and uses a filter for the shower as well as for drinking water. Our water supply is contaminated with chemicals such as sodium fluoride and chlorine as well as pathogens and even pharmacological drug residues. Hot water will open the pores of the skin and allow these harmful agents to be absorbed into the body at a much higher rate. Berkey makes an affordable shower filter.
For Detox and to Induce Sweating
Detox baths are not short baths. These and the topical skin treatment baths described below should be at least an hour in duration. For these baths the first half hour involves the body releasing the toxins. The second half hour involves the body absorbing the medicinal additives in the bath.
- To a clean tub add hot filtered water until full.
- Add 1 lb – 10 lbs of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) This mineral is known for its relaxing effect especially on sore muscles and its high magnesium content is readily absorbed by the skin. It is also known for relieving symptoms such as itching and lesions.
- Add 2 or more cups Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate). Make certain it is Aluminum Free. Health food stores have the aluminum free Baking Soda. Softens water and assists in allowing the body to absorb the magnesium.
- 20 or more drops of Essential Oils such as Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint or any of the E.O.s used in the Thieves’ Oil Blend mixed with a carrier oil. Remember to start with small amounts of E.O.s to begin with as some people may be very sensitive to their effects. One may slowly add more to reach an optimal level as their effects are gauged. Essential oils may cause severe reactions in large doses.
- 1 tablespoon – 1/3 cup of Ground Ginger will add “heat” to the detox bath. Start with a small portion and carefully add more with each bath. This ingredient causes the body to sweat even more and enhances the benefits of detox bathing.
- Mix all of the selected ingredients into the hot water until dissolved. Soak in the tub for as long as possible. Hot or cold water may be added to adjust the temperature of the water. I usually add more hot water as it cools off. Care should be taken about water getting into the eyes if E.O. or ginger are added to the bath.
The benefits of a detox bath can be extended after one leaves the tub. The body will continue to sweat and detox if one takes measures to insulate it shortly after the bath. Space blankets a.k.a. mylar blankets, emergency blankets or thermal blankets are perfect for this. They are inexpensive and readily found at discount stores in the camping section or online. These thermal blankets will trap the body heat that the detox bath induced. Thermal blankets are easily cleaned with vinegar or enzymes after use and do not have to be laundered like cloth blankets.
Remember to stay hydrated after detox bathing. Drink plenty of fluids especially those with electrolytes. Apple Cider Vinegar drinks would be a good choice. Another good choice is the juice of a lemon and 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt added to a glass of filtered water.
For a Topical Treatment Bath
Instructions are basically the same as for Detox Baths. Use of epsom salts and baking soda are recommended with the addition of some or all of the following ingredients.
- Some opt for a pre-bath scrub of baking soda and salt blended with water as a paste or the use of sulfur soap or Dr. Bronner’s Lavender or Pepperment Castile soap. Shower with soap and lather then allow the soap to stay remain on one’s body for ten minutes before rinsing. Rinse tub thoroughly before bath.
- Liquid Enzymes such as Kleen Green, Ecovie or a similar Home-Brewed may also be added to the bath.
- Plan on extending the length of time in the bath. One hour up to two. Some take one bath and soak while allowing the water heater to heat the second bath. Rinse between separate baths. Rinse tub thoroughly as well. May take more than one bath in a day.
- 5% or 9% White vinegar (acetic acid) may be added to bath. Start with a dry tub and the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) add enough vinegar to maximize the bubbling effect of the combination. Usually the same amount ie. 2 cups Baking Soda and 2 cups Vinegar.
- Useful carrier oils to add in addition to the essential oil or oil blends such as Thieves oil are organic coconut oil and organic olive oil. The coconut oil has caprylic acid and antiseptic and antifungal properties and allows the other oils to deeply penetrates the skin. The olive oil has oleic acid and coats the skin. This may help suffocate parasites. The two combined have a synergistic effect as caprol.
- Individual bath additives may be slowly increased as experience dictates. Up to double the basic ingredient measurements.
Note: Some ingredients are more likely to cause skin irritation such as some of the ‘hot’ or medicinal essential oils. Exercise caution when using.
Plan on owning this protocol. It is a peaceful break in a hectic schedule of treatments. This is an excellent time to listen to music or to read a favorite book. Much success has been reported with gently dunking one’s head and allowing the bath water to cover ears, hair and face. Of course the bath additives may burn eyes or irritate sinuses so the use of caution is recommended. This should be a daily treatment while symptoms are heavy.
Note: Treatments and protocols such as Baths and Laundry may use more hot water than one’s hot water heater is set to heat. The temperature gauge on the water heater may be adjusted to the hottest temperature possible. This will accommodate the extra usage of hot water. ALWAYS use caution when using hot water. Test temperatures by hand and use cold water to adjust to a comfortable level especially when bathing or preparing baths for children. Hot water will scald skin in only a few seconds.
Benefits of Exercise
One of the best ways to sweat and help your body detoxify is with exercise. Exercise is nice, as it comes in a number of different formats. You can walk, do aerobics, lift weights, swim, and so much more. Not only will exercise help you sweat and expel toxins from your body, but it will also help you develop a firm and lean body. In fact, you will even lose weight.
When choosing an exercise to help you detox your body, it is important to examine a number of factors. These being your current weight and exercise routine. If you are already in good shape, it may take a longer and more strenuous exercise for you to sweat. On the other hand, if you are overweight, walking a mile may cause you to sweat.
Rebounding is an excellent form of exercise and 20 minutes of steady rebounding will cause one to sweat and eliminate toxins.
Benefits of Saunas
Another way to detoxify your body with sweat is with a visit to the gym or spa. A sauna is defined as a hot dry bath. While in a sauna, you will sweat profusely. This enables your body to expel toxins through sweat. Although one trip the sauna will result in sweat, you are encouraged to make multiple trips. In fact, many recommend a five-day trip to the sauna. Your gym or spa will have information regarding the recommended or required length to stay inside.
When using a sauna to sweat or detoxify the body, it is important to drink lots of water. You will sweat more than you will with exercise. If you do not drink enough water, your body will start to dehydrate, which could lead to additional health complications.
As stated above, you can use exercise and a sauna to force toxins to be expelled through your body by way of sweat. This is an easy approach to take, especially when compared to fasting; however, there is still the toxin factor. If you truly want to cleanse your body, you need to modify your diet. This diet modification should be permanent, but your body can benefit from even a temporary change. In addition to increasing your water consumption, increase fiber consumption. The elimination of caffeine and foods with unnatural additives is recommended.
Although sweat will allow your body to expel built-up toxins, this process is not necessarily considered a full body cleanse. That is why a diet modification is recommended. By making the switch to organic foods, you stop putting toxins into your body. This gives it time to work on expelling and repairing the damage caused by older buildup.
Additional Dry Sauna Benefits
- Time Factor People can tolerate the heat of a dry sauna much more easily, because the skin cools more rapidly. This makes it possible to spend more time in the sauna.
- Perspiration Benefits A sauna causes sweating, and up to 30 percent of toxins are released through skin during perspiration, according to naturopathic doctor Bruce Fife, author of “The Detox Book.”
- Circulation Benefits A sauna stimulates blood circulation, which helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to organs and cells. This includes the skin, which becomes rejuvenated during a sauna.
- Stress Relief Saunas loosen muscles and joints, thus relieving tension and stress.
- Lower Heat A dry heat sauna usually works below 130 degrees F, while a steam sauna can reach much higher temperatures. The lower heat is easier on elderly people, and anyone with cardiovascular problems.
Warning: I do not advocate the use of public spas or saunas nor the receiving of massage while one has lesions. Morgellons may or may not be contagious but care to curb exposure especially when there is a presense of open lesions should always be taken.