Have you ever tried a ginger detox bath? It is a natural remedy for everyone and inexpensive that takes advantage of the many properties of this spice. Let’s find out all about the benefits and how to prepare it in the best possible way.
Detoxifying baths to purify the body of toxins are an excellent natural solution to regain the right psycho-physical balance and help the body to get rid of impurities. In fact, thanks to sweating facilitated by hot water and some natural ingredients to be diluted in it, the body can more easily expel excess toxins through the skin.
Treat yourself to a nice hot bath based on Epsom salts, bicarbonate, essential oils or precisely portentous spices such as ginger can prove to be fatiguing for the body and the nervous system but also purifying and beneficial for the body in general.
Although the detox power of ginger has been known for centuries, it is only recently that the purifying baths based on this spice have become known and appreciated for their virtues. Ginger in fact shows its properties not only when ingested but also when applied locally or, as in this case, absorbed by the skin through the dilation of the pores.
Benefits of the ginger detox bath
The benefits of this pleasant practice are due to the vasodilator power of ginger and its thermogenic effect, i.e. the ability to increase body temperature. All this obviously contributes to the easier elimination of toxins from the body as well as improving blood circulation.
However, immersing yourself in a bathtub in which ginger has been dissolved can improve your health in many ways. Here are the possible effects you can experience:
- Improves digestion
- Facilitates weight loss
- Relieves menstrual cramps
- Increases energy
- Improves metabolism
- Promotes the production of bile which improves the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
- Relieves headaches
- Improves symptoms of arthritis
- Stabilizes pressure
- Relieves anxiety and nervousness
- Improves flu and cold symptoms
- Improves respiratory problems
- Relieves the sense of nausea
How to prepare a ginger bath
Preparing a ginger bath is really easy. You just need to:
- a bathtub filled with lukewarm water
- 1 cup of sodium bicarbonate
- 1 cup of Epsom salts
- half a cup of grated or powdered ginger
Once the ingredients have been added to the water, stir slowly and wait about 10 minutes to maximize the effects of the mixture. You can take advantage of the benefits of the spice in contact with the hot water and our body by dipping 20-30 minutes once a week.
When the bath is over, immediately wrap your body in a bathrobe and your head in a towel and drink plenty of water.
Of course, if you use this bath for detox purposes, it would also be important to combine it with good body hydration and a healthy plant-based diet in general.
Contraindications and side effects of the ginger bath
Although the ginger bath is generally beneficial for your health, it may still have side effects.
For example, the fact that it stimulates excessive sweating can trigger in some particularly sensitive people:
- Skin irritations
In case of discomfort or adverse effects it is better to avoid this detoxifying remedy.
These detox baths and the detoxification process of the body can be quite dehydrating so it is important to remember the importance of drinking a lot of water, possibly both during and after the bath. For example, during the bath, you can keep a one-litre bottle of water close to you, to be consumed while soaking.
When leaving the bath, be very careful and move slowly. You may feel weakness and dizziness if you get up quickly.
After bathing, you will probably feel immediately tired, so if possible take a bath in the evening, before bedtime, or anyway on a relaxing day.
Usually, it is advisable not to take hot baths or baths with salts in case of pregnancy, heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes. If you are unsure of your state of health, talk to your doctor first.
If you feel a bit down after the bath or have the impression of experiencing flu symptoms, this is normal as these are probably body reactions due to detoxification. In such cases, staying hydrated is always very important, also to facilitate the process of eliminating toxins after detox baths.