If you lack the time or don't want a full body detox bath (or don't have a  bathtub), try a detox foot bath. Fill a basin with water as hot as as you can tolerate.  Add enough water to cover your feet. Add salts and herbs of your choice. Soak until the water cools down. Towel dry the feet, do not place any lotions for at least 24 hours. For a complete detox effect, detox feet every day for 14 days, then weekly for 4 weeks, then monthly for maintenance.

The reason water as hot as can be tolerated is typically used is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin. Be sure to only do one bathing formula per day. Do not mix ingredients from different bath recipes.

Basic detox recipe:

1 cup of Epsom salt
Soak for up to 30 minutes

Apple Cider Vinegar  
Soak for up to 30 minutes

Epsom salt/Baking soda  

1-2 cups Epsom salt
1-2 cups Baking soda Soak for up to 30 minutes

Dead Sea  

1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup Dead Sea salt
may add essential oil of your choice

Soak for up to 30 minutes

My favorite  

1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup Dead Sea salt
1 cup Apple Cider vinegar
Soak for up to 30 minutes


Tips on how to prepare the foot bath

Give yourself at least 30 minutes time for the bath. Because of its relaxing effect, it would be best to do it before going to sleep. That means, afterwards you could just snuggle in to your bed and a deep healthy sleep would be guaranteed.

Decide upon which detox foot soak you want i.e. arrange the ingredients for it. Prepare the place where you will sit during the foot spa. Have a towel handy for later to dry your feet.

Tip: Make yourself something to drink ready, water, tea, juice etc. (no wine or beer of course!). See bottom of article for a recipe.

Boil the water. Fill the bowl/basin only half with hot water, enough that your feet are covered with water. Pour in the ingredients you have choosen for the bath. The water should be hot, but only as hot as you can handle. Fill another jug or flask with hot water. That is, when your footbath cools down after a while, you can add more hot water to it.

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