I love my detox baths, but unfortunately, working a full-time job, managing two side, at-home businesses and juggling my 11 year old son’s busy school & sports schedule doesn’t afford me the luxury to take regular detox baths.
The good news though is there is a simple way to transform your shower into a detoxifying hydrotherapy practice. It takes just five minutes tacked on to the end of your regular shower.
Quick & Simple Detox Shower:
Alternative hot and cold temperatures stimulate the lymph by contracting and relaxing the lymph vessels, helping it to flow. This is really important since unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and so can become stagnant. Considering the lymphatic system is one of the body’s main detoxification routes, we want to be sure lymph is always flowing!
Shower as usual with whatever temperature water you prefer
Turn the water temperature up slightly. (You don’t want to scald yourself! Think hot tub temperature.) Keep your body under the water, getting all parts wet, for 30 seconds.*
Turn the water temperature as cold as you can stand it. Again, keep your body under the water, getting all parts wet, for 30 seconds.*
Repeat 4 times.
*Different sources suggest different times for the alternative hot and cold temperatures. You may need to experiment with the the times for alternating hot and cold for what you can tolerate.
Dry body brush before hopping in the shower. This is a very helpful daily detox practice in itself since it also stimulates lymphatic flow.
If at all possible, filter your shower water, either with a whole house filter or a super easy to install showerhead filter. Otherwise, the shower can be a major source of exposure to harmful chlorine and chlorine byproducts. You certainly don’t need to do this practice everyday! I aim for once a week.
You can finish your shower with a salt scrub infused with either jojoba oil or grapeseed oil and whatever essential oils you would like. Right now, my salt scrub is 1 1 /4 cup of epsom salt, ¼ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of grapeseed oil and 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil and 5 drops of Wild Orange. The Wild Orange helps wake me up in the morning and the Frankincense is a fantastic oil for the skin.