This is a great bath to do when you are starting to do any sort of cleanse or need to detoxify the body. If you wake up with a wee hangover, or have overindulged in unhealthy food, soaking in this bath can help you eliminate toxins and put you in the right frame of mind to begin doing good things for yourself in order to mentally and physically right any damage. I like taking this bath early in the morning on weekends when I’m trying to “turn over a new leaf.”
Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It’s full of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids. Bathing in spirulina helps revitalize, nourish and soften the skin. It is thought to usher along detoxification by flushing fluids from the cells and replacing them with all this good stuff in spirulina. For that reason, it can also help with muscle aches and fatigue like if you feel like you are coming down with a flu or have built up lactic acid in your muscles from overuse (or from too much getting low on the dance floor while you slopped around Champagne at a wedding).
The addition of the sea salt (or Epsom salt) adds additional minerals like I discussed in this post. It’s a great purifier and increases circulation for a healthy glow. Like the spirulina, salt helps promotes physical pain relief in the muscles or from arthritis.
Add the following to a warm bath:
- ½ cup spirulina, mixed in a pitcher of warm water
- ½ cup sea salt
- 5 drops essential oil (I like to use a mixture of lime, bergamot and grapefruit). If you don’t have essential oils, you could also squeeze in some lime, lemon or orange juice
- Fresh flowers to float (optional for a pampering spa-like feel)
Spirulina can be found in the supplements section of any natural grocery store. I like to buy sea salt in bulk and keep it in a glass jar by my bath. I have been absolutely obsessed with baths lately and I love this one for its relaxing and restorative properties.