Happy Wednesday, guys! I got back from Florida late Saturday night, and while it felt good to be back in my own bed, I was desperately missing the warm temps (as it’s still FREEZING here in the midwest). Thankfully the sun has been shining intensely over the past few days, which to me makes all the difference. I’ve always gotten pretty drastic “winter blues” (this runs in my family), so just that little bit of vitamin D goes a long way for me.
A few things to catch you up on:
I’m currently apartment hunting which is exciting. Yep, I’m moving.. AGAIN. But the good news here is that I’m not really in a rush. I have until July, and my manifestation list for all that I want my next place to be is super specific filled with lots of “deal breakers” — and I’m totally okay with that. I refuse to budge on any of them (as I’ve always done in the past), so I’m in a super relaxed state about it all, and am having such a good time looking around all different areas of the city with an old friend who’s a realtor. Ideally I’d love to be super close to the water (at the very least a 10 minute walk to it), but here in Chicago that generally sky rockets the price, so.. keeping my eyes peeled for a gem. If you hear of anything, let me know!
Also, now that I’m back from vacation, I’m back into my routine which consists of going to bed super early and waking up around 5:45 before the sun rises to do my morning ritual of meditation and journaling. Something else I’m adding to this ritual every other day is my detox bath, which has been HEAVENLY. I’m going to share the details below, so read on for that. I can’t recommend it enough.
I’m also paying attention to the foods that I’m eating a lot more these days, and am just really trying to tune in to what my body is craving. My intuition has been guiding me to be more plant based, but I by no means am restricting her from anything (for instance, I had a side of bacon with a salad on Sunday because that kind of protein sounded amazing). But for the most part, sautéed greens, sweet & white potatoes, citrus, and healthy fats like avocado on sourdough have been my go-tos lately and I’m loving it.
Lastly, I’m trying out the celery juice first thing in the morning so I’ll keep you guys posted on that. My skin has been pretty crazy lately which is super strange considering I haven’t changed anything, and my adrenals just feel off. I’ve been more fatigued than usual. So I’m simply paying attention and like I mentioned above, listening to what she needs and implementing REAL foods and nutrients as much as I can. Staying away from artificial sugars when I’m able or willing, trying to drink a little less coffee and replace it with matcha and green tea when I’m usually reaching for my second cup, and now celery juice. It’s a pain in the ass to prepare, I won’t lie :) but we’ll see if it’s worth it. I started yesterday, so I’m going to do it March 5th through April 5th and keep track of the results and how I’m feeling.
PS: this is the juicer I have and I love it. I also use these biodegradable bags for easy clean up.
Now that that’s all covered, lets jump in to today’s post!
What is a Detox Bath?
A detox bath is a natural way to remove harmful toxins from your body, as well as aid in relieving sore muscles and bringing forth relaxation. It’s great to do this about 1-2 times a week, or more if you’re sick with the flu or have a bad cold (or if you’ve had too much to drink! ;) You don’t feel any real side effects from this, though I generally feel super relaxed and get pretty thirsty, so I always have a big glass of water in there with me. Generally detox baths consist of salts (magnesium sulfate) and essential oils, but there are plenty of other things you can add to create your own recipe (I’m sharing mine down below!)
The top 4 benefits of Detox Bath
There are so many benefits of taking detox baths I’m not even sure where to start! The magnesium is the biggest benefit — as it’s the culprit to majority of the results in taking a detox bath.
For instance, it’s been shown to give you softer skin and reduce inflammation when you soak for 20 minutes), helps to relieve sore muscles when you soak for up to 12-15 minutes (I love taking a detox bath after a long travel day or when I’ve been shooting all day), as well as helps to reduce stress and increase relaxation when you soak for 45 minutes to an hour (it’s been shown that magnesium deficiency induces stress, depression and anxiety)
My Personal Detox Bath Recipe
• 2 C of Epsom Salts
• 1/4 C of Baking Soda
• 10 drops of essential oil (whatever scent you’d like, just make sure it’s skin grade safe! I prefer this brand when using it on my skin or ingesting through my diffuser. I opt for peppermint in the morning and lavender in the evening)
Why add baking soda to your detox bath?
Baking soda makes your skin incredibly smooth (along side the epsom salts!), so this is why I include it. But this pantry staple is actually so beneficial in a multitude of ways. For instance, ladies, if you suffer from UTIs, simply adding some baking soda to your bath can drastically help. The same goes for chronic dry skin (eczema) as well as psoriasis. Just make sure to moisturize immediately after!
How to create your detox bath:
When adding the salts and baking soda, do so by pouring it directly into the water flow of the spout so that it dissolves quicker. Your water shouldn’t be too hot when it comes to the temperature, so be mindful of this. Once you’re in, soak for at least 10 minutes (I generally stay in there for about 20-45 minutes). So put on some relaxing music or bring a book in there with you!
Once I’m done, I love putting on some body oil or coconut oil to seal everything in. That’s it!
Do you think this is something you’ll try at home?