• Spirulina & Sea Salt Detox Bath

    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.”

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    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.

     

  • Drunken Red Wine Bath

    Chief has been out of town most of this month so I have been faced with my usual dilemma…what to do with the bottles of red wine that I can’t finish before they start to turn.  This bath is the perfect way to enjoy a glass and not feel compelled to finish the rest of the bottle by oneself!  If you want an excuse to throw it back, just forget you ever read this post. 😉  This is also a good opportunity to use up leftover wine after a party.

    Bath Recipe

    • 20 drops of jasmine essential oil (it usually comes blended in jojoba oil)
    • 1/4 cup grape seed oil
    • 1 cup of Epsom salt or sea salt or a combination
    • 1/2 bottle red wine

    The antioxidants in the wine and grape seed oil help to heal damaged skin.  The jasmine provides a sensual scent.  The grape seed, jojoba and jasmine oils moisturize and nourish the skin.

    I am addicted to Epsom salts for the way in which they soothe aches and pains in muscles and joints and reduce inflammation as a result of overuse, injury or arthritis.  It seriously feels like you have had a massage after soaking in Epsom salts – pretty fantastic for a fraction of the cost!

    Epsom salts are basically just magnesium sulfate named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.  By soaking in them, your body absorbs these nutrients through the porous membrane of the skin organ.  The magnesium helps regulate enzyme activity for biochemical reactions in the body, maintain muscle and nerve function, and regulate blood pressure.  Sulfate helps to flush toxins and other salts from the body by the process of reverse osmosis.

    The sea salt has the same theory.  It contains mostly sodium chloride, but also has macro-minerals (including magnesium) and nearly 80 trace minerals that are beneficial for our bodies.

    I like to keep both my Epsom salts and sea salt that I buy in bulk in glass jars near the bathtub.  It’s sexier looking than the Walgreen’s Epsom salt bag!

    The red wine won’t stain your tub, but sparkling wine also works.  It might be nice for the morning after a celebration with some citrus oils like grapefruit, tangerine, or bergamot.

    Soak for 20 minutes.   Maybe for once soaking yourself in wine WILL solve your troubles!