Had a little too much turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving? You’re not alone. Even if you made a dubious effort to cut down on your portions (including booze), it’s not uncommon for your digestive system to be out of whack, thus making you feel uncomfortable and bloated. While fitting in a bit of extra activity and drinking a lot of water is one way to combat this sensation, drawing a bloat-busting detox bath can instantaneously make you feel better, too (bonus points for the stress-relief factor!). Magnesium sulfate — the main composition of Epsom salt and one of the key ingredients in this type of remedy — has been known to improve digestion, flush toxins, improve the absorption of vital nutrients, improve sleep, reduce stress, prevent headaches, and soothe achy joints. So fill up the tub with some warm water and try out one (or all) of these results-driven soaks any time being a little too merry causes you to overeat and drink one too many cups of holiday cheer.
CLEOPATRA ROSE MILK BATH: The addition of milk makes this bath ultra-hydrating, too.
- 1 1/2 cups powdered milk (full fat if you can find it, otherwise nonfat will work)
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1/4 cup (or more) dried rose petals
- Rose essential oil
Instructions: Mix the powdered milk and Epsom salts together. Next, add the rose petals and 5-7 drops of essential oil. Not partial to the smell of rose? Opt for lavender or chamomile instead.
SUPER SIMPLE CUSTOMIZABLE BATH: Choose from a variety of your favorite detoxifying essential oils to make this easy, no excuses soak.
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt
- 8-12 Drops of detoxifying essential oils (think lemon, lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, oregano, lemongrass, ginger, wild orange, fennel, and juniper)
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
Instructions: Simply thoroughly mix all of the ingredients and you’re good to go!
SPA-LIKE SOAK: Detoxifying and stress relieving, the ultimate holiday remedy.
- 1 1/2 cups dead sea salts
- 1/2 cup cup epsom salt
- 1/2 cup real salt
- 1/8 cup bentonite clay
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- 7 drops frankincense essential oil
Instructions: Mix all of the ingredients with a non-metal spoon (it can break down the composition of the clay.)