Detox Bath

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There’s nothing quite like a hot soaky bath to relax, unwind and soothe the muscles at the end of a long day.  I’m gonna let you in on a little self-care ritual I’ve come to know and love… the de-tox bath.

Our skin is our body’s largest detoxification organ, so the almighty power of a bath that supports this process shouldn’t be underestimated. This bath is a great natural, old school way to show your body some TLC while giving it the added boost it needs to eliminate environmental toxins.

Epsom salts work wonders for boosting magnesium and sulphate levels, helping blood circulation and detoxification, while the apple cider vinegar  helps reduce inflammation and rebalance the skin’s PH level. Bicarb soda is known for it’s anti-fungal properties and also helps restore alkaline levels and draw out toxins.

BE WARNED: this bath is powerful and can make you feel dizzy!  Keep a glass of water beside you, make sure you are hydrated and don’t step out of the bath too quickly.  It’s one best to avoid if you’re pregnant, have low blood pressure or suffer from cardiovascular disease.  It’s also a good idea to make sure someone else is home. 

You will need:
2 cups epsom salts
1 cup apple cider vinegar (unfiltered and unprocessed)
1 cup bicarb soda

Optional:
10 drops of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils known for their ability to eliminate toxins  – i.e. rosemary, cilantro, juniper berry, tangerine and geranium (a lovely combination would be 5 drops lavender, 3 drops geraniums, 2 drops rosemary).
1 cup of milk (any type) or 2 tablespoons of carrier oil to help them emulsify.

What to do:  
1. Add ingredients to a tub of soaking hot water.
2. Soak, and enjoy.

Note: Dry body brushing before you step  into the bath will help maximise the de-tox effect.

 

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Styling: Carlie Monasso. Photography: Samara Clifford

If you’d like to learn more about natural ways to support your physical and emotional wellbeing, check out my Eventbrite page and come along to one of my workshops.

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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