Water - necessary for life and healing in so many ways. Coming from Hawai'i to New York I didn't expect to be this shocked by how dry the air is. I started to think about how important heat and humidity is for overall health.. our sinuses are moisturized, blood and lymph flows better so we are less prone to sickness, no static or that dry taute feeling on your skin.
While living in New York I heavily relied on baths, tea, humidifiers and herbs that promote blood flow and warmth. This is my absolute favorite recipe for days when you feel worn down, exhausted, unhealthy or if you have a cold, flu or chest congestion. This recipe uses a combination of heat, salt, ginger and lavender to induce sweating and detoxifying.
I usually leave this in a giant ball jar next to my bath so I won't have to make a batch everytime. Today this bath saved me - especially since it's so chilly out!
GINGER DETOX BATH
1/2 cup ginger (powdered or finely chopped - just not the jar kind with added sugar!)
2 cups epsom salt
15 - 20 drops of Lavender Essential oil
How to use: Mix all ingredients or put them in a jar and shake it up! Add to a warm bath and hop in. **Make sure you have water to hydrate yourself, I usually end up drinking about 24 oz.
You'll want to stay in the bath for 15-20 minutes - if you feel dizzy just get out, lay down on a towel and get back in one more time. You can repeat this 2-3 times if you want to. Dry off gently and slowly, if you're sick with congestion or flu, but a vapor rub on your chest. Tie your hair back and get into cotton or lightweight pajamas, preferably pants and go to bed!
What to expect: This blend works to stimulate your blood flow and helps the body to sweat out illness essentially, so you're going to sweat throughout the night because the ginger and epsom salt are bringing heat to the skin. In the morning take a shower if you can!
If you have any questions, just leave a comment below!