Various cultures have been using extra products in their baths for centuries. Presently, bath salts, bath bombs, and several other products are on the market that you can mix with your bath water. However, you really don’t need these expensive products in order to have a relaxing, cleansing bath. One of the easiest ways to have a detox bath at home is by simply having a ginger bath.
A bath with ginger can help with digestion. Ginger is known for its pro-digestion properties; ginger-ale is consumed by many to aid it.
Ginger slightly raises the body’s temperature and thus helps burn calories.
Eases Flu and Cold Symptoms
Ginger’s properties can also help relieve certain flu and cold symptoms like aches and pains.
- Relieves headaches
- Can treat diarrhea
- Assists with blood pressure
- Can lower cholesterol
How Does a Ginger Bath Lead to a Healthier Body?
Ginger promotes sweating, and sweating is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself of toxins. Ginger works especially well in the bath because the warm water opens the pores. This allows the ginger to act more aggressively, entering the body at a faster pace.
This is also why a sauna is such a good way to cleanse the body. In fact, taking a bath with ginger is an excellent substitute for a steam sauna.
The Traditional Recipe
Making a homemade ginger bath is not that difficult. Simply grind a piece of fresh ginger and add 1/2 a cup of the freshly ground powder to your warm bath water and stir it in with your hand. It should be noted that the ginger can turn the water yellow or brown in color, but it’s nothing to be concerned about. Simply lay back and enjoy a relaxing soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
There are additional ways to enjoy homemade ginger options for the bath that can be made in bulk, then stored and enjoyed at any time.
If you don’t want to grind ginger powder directly into your bath water, there are plenty of other options available to make instead.
Ginger Detox Salt Bath
For this bath salt blend, mix 1/3 cup of Epsom salt, 1/3 cup of Pink Himalayan salt, 1/3 cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of ground ginger. When you’re ready to use the salt blend in the bath, scoop out 1/3 cup of the salt blend into your hot bath water and add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar. Jump in the bath when it’s the right temperature for you and enjoy a relaxing soak for 30 minutes.
Ginger Body Scrub
If you’re looking to enjoy a ginger-infused body scrub that you can make at home, combine 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger and a 1/2 cup of Epsom salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and combined well. Remove the processed blend to a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Stand on a towel and apply the scrub to your entire body a few minutes before getting into your regular or ginger-infused bath.
Essential Oil Bath Blend
For additional aromas other than ginger, combine 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 cup of baking powder, 3 tablespoons of ginger powder, and about 10-15 drops of essential oils (eucalyptus or cinnamon pair nicely). Mix the blend completely and add to your warm bath water.
For a quick ginger bath option, you can also tuck 1 tablespoon of ground ginger into a muslin tea bag for lighter options when you are just looking for a simple addition to your daily bath.
To reap the most detoxifying benefits of a ginger bath, soaking for 20 to 40 minutes is best. Afterward be sure to be careful getting out of the tub, in case the warm water and ginger leaves you feeling a little light headed and rehydrate after your dried off, as ginger will naturally cause your body to sweat.
Whether you decide to make your own product or purchase one, you will be experiencing the benefits of a bath with ginger in no time. You’ll feel refreshed, relaxed and like a new person after each bath.