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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Detox Bath

One thing I do every night which makes me feel awesome is the "Ultrabath"  (as described by Dr. Hyman in his book, "The Ultramind Solution").

Add the following to your bath at night:
- 4 handfuls of Epsom salts (about 2 cups)
- 2 handfuls of baking soda (about 1 cup)
- 10 drops of lavendar oil

Soak for at least 20 minutes in water as hot as you can stand (to encourage sweating). 

This ultrabath will pull toxins out of your body through your skin.  (It is the largest organ of your body, after all!)  Also, the magnesium content of the soda relaxes your muscles and helps you to sleep better.  The lavendar oil is optional, but I find it relaxing.  (I suppose you could use a different kind of essential oil if you like.)

Why I do it:
-My shoulders are always tight and I feel like they are "up in my ears" all the time.  Soaking in this solution relaxes my shoulders and brings them down to earth. 
-I'm one of these people that always feels cold and this bath helps me feel warm for several hours afterwards. 
-Dr. Cooper told me to take an ultrabath once a week, but I do it every night.  If I don't take an ultrabath at night, I feel it the next morning!  I guess the toxins build up and make me feel sluggish and tired and headachy.  It's enough of a difference that I have made this my nightly ritual.
-I fall asleep more easily and have more restful sleep after I have my ultrabath.

Try it!  You'll like it!


  1. Our new house has a whirlpool tub and my daughter told me about these Epsom salts that are scented with lavender. They can be purchased at Walgreens and Walmart. heavenly! Enjoy the ultrabaths!

  2. That sounds perfect! Will keep a look-out for them.