Detox has been around for centuries, dating back to Ancient Egypt and probably beyond. It stands to reason that foot bath detox and other, stranger detoxification practices would develop over time. Continue reading to discover some of these odd and oddly satisfying detox recipes.
Foot Bath Detox
One of the more popular types of detox is a foot bath detox. It is widely believed among the Chinese that toxins can be removed through the bottom of the feet. This method is done by placing minerals in warm water and soaking the feet.
One great recipe for the foot bath detox from Wellness Mama is below.
Dissolve the Epsom salt in the hot water. Add essential oils of your choice (Rosemary is said to really help with detox) and set aside. If you want you can even put fresh herbs like Rosemary and Lavender into your foot bath.
Mix the apple cider vinegar with the bentonite clay to make a paste. Add water if needed to make the right consistency. It should be like yogurt or sour cream.
Rub the mixture into your feet and ankles, then let it sit for about 10 minutes, until the clay is dry and cracks when you move.
Place your feet into the bath and let the clay absorb the water and fall off your feet.
Use a natural bristle scrub brush to get the remaining clay and dead skin off your feet.
Enjoy your newly detoxified, refreshed, clean feet.
Why stop at the feet? Dunk your entire body in a detox bath. It’s not exactly the same as a foot bath detox, but it still feels great. The recipe for this bath is to take Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar (yes, again) and mix them in the tub with water as hot as you can stand it.
The hotter the water, the more it’s supposed to detox you. There are several recipes for detox baths. There are even scented Epsom salts that you can buy, like Dr. Teal’s.
Dr. Teals has several scents including Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Spearmint. These are all great scents for detox. You can also just mix the essential oils in separately.
Wellness Mama has recipes on her site for detox baths as well. My favorite is the bentonite clay bath. You mix a paste of bentonite clay just like you did in the foot bath, but this time you rub it over your entire body.
Wait for it to dry, then immerse yourself into the bath tub and relax the toxins away. Bentonite clay is said to draw toxic substances from your body (and from your hard water, if you have it!).
Other, Stranger Detox Practices
Some people say if you drink hot water (plain, with nothing in it) once an hour for a day or two, it will detox your body. I don’t think I buy this one, but at least it doesn’t cost anything, so drink away if you want. Let me know how it goes!
As opposed to the plain hot water method, there are people who swear by drinking hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. I am not quite sure what this is supposed to do for you, but again, it can’t hurt, so go for it.
What? No, that was not a typo. Cupping is the ancient practice of using glass cups to suction parts of the skin.
Practitioners will often ignite something inside the cup like herbs, paper, or other flammable object before placing on the skin to create a vacuum effect. Sometimes the skin is punctured before placing the cups so that blood flows out during the procedure.
This is said to release more toxins from the body. There is no scientific evidence that this is true. Cupping can also leave bruises, cause pain and inflammation. It can also leave burns and cause dizziness and lightheadedness.
My verdict on this one? I’ll pass, thank you.
Dry Body Brushing and Tongue Scraping
According to Mind Body Green, you should dry brush your body before your shower and scrape your tongue every day. I can understand the tongue scraping—you want to scrape any bacteria off your tongue. That’s just good oral hygiene, but dry brushing? What is that?
Apparently, dry brushing is taking a natural bristle brush (preferably with a long handle so you can reach your whole body) and brushing your skin in circular motions. You’re supposed to start with your feet and work your way up to your head, brushing toward the heart.
Supposedly dry brushing will improve your circulation and help you detox. I’m not so sure about that, but it probably feels great so why not? I’ll try it. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I could use the improved circulation if it actually works.
I’m not sure any of this stuff will actually help you detox your body, but most of it sounds at the very least relaxing, so go ahead and try the foot bath detox and others at home. Except the cupping. Let’s not do that…
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