What is a detox bath and can it be used to treat the common cold? Take a look at these benefits, risks, and recipes!
A detox bath is considered a natural way to help remove toxins from the body. During a detox bath, ingredients like Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), ginger, and essential oils are dissolved into warm water in the bathtub. You can soak for 12 minutes to an hour at a time.
One possible use of a detox bath is for the treatment of a cold. However, evidence is limited about the benefits of detox baths for a cold. Detox baths may help with certain cold symptoms by calming the body and easing muscle aches, but the results will vary for everyone.
Read on to learn more about the use of a detox bath for managing cold symptoms, plus tips for how to use a detox bath.
Studies are limited on the efficacy of a detox bath to treat cold symptoms. But a cold, cough, or the flu may lead to symptoms including muscle aches and soreness, and detox baths may help with these symptoms.
Adding essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, to your bath may have some benefits for cold symptoms. That’s because essential oils may help you relax and calm down.
One small study of 19 participants found that adding Epsom salt to a bath raises magnesium levels in the body. This may help the body dispose of lactic acid, which, in turn, may rid the body of aches and pains. It may also help relax the muscles.
Some limited research shows that certain essential oils may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Eucalyptus, for example, may be therapeutic for upper respiratory viruses and help ease congestion. But more studies are needed to confirm the benefits and the use of essential oils for detox baths.
Can a bath help to treat a fever?
While scientific evidence is limited, a warm bath is still considered an age-old remedy for cooling down a fever. Aim for a temperature of lukewarm water (80°F to 90°F or 27°C to 32°C), and don’t take a bath if you’re feeling dizzy or unsteady. If you start to shiver, you’ll need to increase the temperature of your bath. Shivering means your body is trying to raise its temperature, which can make a fever worse.
Check with your doctor to see if detox baths are safe for you to try. Pregnant women, children, and people with impaired kidney function should not take detox baths. (Your body may not be able to rid itself of excess magnesium if your kidneys are impaired.)
Always drink plenty of water before, during, and after a detox bath. Also, get out of the bath immediately if you’re shivering, or feel dizzy or faint.
There are different recipes for detox baths, depending on your symptoms. You can take detox baths once a week to start. Watch for signs such as dry skin or dehydration.
Start out with a shorter period of time in the bath (12 to 20 minutes) to see how your body reacts to the detox bath. If you find them relaxing and don’t have any additional negative reactions, you can increase the time of your detox baths and work up to three baths per week.
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