A foot bath sounds like a pretty amazing way to treat yourself to relaxation and bliss. And according to some holistic health experts, you can even add a few relatively inexpensive ingredients to turn it into a treatment that can detox your body and enhance your well-being. Here's an expert-approved recipe and its potential benefits.
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Lilly Wallace The therapeutic properties of sea salts have been known for centuries. According to tradition, Cleopatra convinced Mark Antony to conquer the region of the Dead Sea just so she could access its mineral-rich waters and experience their beauty and health benefits. While common sea salts usually contain only traces of minerals, Dead Sea salt boasts up to 21 minerals. In addition to having detoxification properties, some of these minerals (magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, and potassium) are known to also benefit to the skin by strengthening it and boosting hydration. Dead Sea salt–based skincare products have even been shown to improve skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and photodamage from UVB rays. According to the author of the book "Healer: The Pioneer Nutritionist and Prophet Dr. Hazel Parcells in Her Own Words," hot water draws toxins to the surface of the skin, and as the water cools, the toxins are released in the water through osmosis. Most naturopathic doctors recommend detox baths as a part of their detox protocols. If you want to create a homemade foot detox treatment, follow these simple instructions.
- Foot spa bucket or bath tub
- Hot water (enough to fill the bucket/to cover your feet in the tub)
- 6 tablespoons of sea salts (preferably Dead Sea salts)
- 6 tablespoons of baking soda