Ginger Detox Bath
for Healing and Rejuvenation

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Taking a ginger detox bath is one of the best ways to sweat out toxins, especially if you feel "under the weather" or are stressed out.

For many years, I have relied on saunas, detox baths, and mineral hot springs to quickly and effectively remove toxins and boost my immune system, both for preventive and curative effects.

Since our skin is the largest organ of elimination, controlled sweating is highly effective for detoxifying the body.

However, you don’t have to feel sick to enjoy the many health benefits of a ginger bath. Ginger root is a powerful herb that has many uses, both internally and externally.  Just to name a few:

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Fights inflammation
  • Cleanses the colon
  • Protects the liver and stomach
  • Antimicrobial agent for sores and wounds
  • Soothes upset stomach
  • Relieves gas and bloating
  • Eases muscle pain
  • Relieves headaches

The most significant benefit of a ginger detox bath is that it usually causes the bather to sweat profusely, not only during the bath but also for an hour or more afterwards. 

However, this is not always the case. I have discovered that some people just do not sweat much, no matter how hot their body temperature gets. This is not necessarily a good thing.

But usually after several detox baths or saunas, they do start to notice a difference in how much they sweat.  So, if the ginger bath doesn’t work the first time, you might want to try it again or try a different type of detox bath.

How to Take a Ginger Detox Bath

  1. Hydrate.  Be sure you are well hydrated before the bath. Drink at least 8 to 16 ounces of clean, filtered water before you start. If you are not hydrated when taking a hot bath or sauna to increase detoxification through sweating, you will not get the same degree of benefit because your body does not have a water storage system. 
  2. Get ingredients.  The main added ingredient, of course, is ginger.  One-half cup of fresh grated ginger is most effective.  If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, you can use 1 heaping teaspoon of ground ginger.  I also like to add 1 cup of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) to the bath. It helps to draw toxins from the body and to relax muscles and relieve body aches. Also get a large glass or bottle of room temperature water to drink during and right after bathing.
  3. Fill bath tub.  Fill your tub with water that is as hot as you can comfortably sit in. You will get the best results if you bathe in water that is free of contaminants and chemicals. Thus, if you have tap water and enjoy baths regularly, I highly recommend using a bath water filter.  These filters remove up to 95% of chlorine and other contaminants. Obviously, if the purpose of the ginger bath is to detox, sitting in a tub of chlorine water on a regular basis is not ideal. 
  4. Brush skin (optional). While your tub is filling with water, use a dry brush or loofa mitt to brush your skin, starting at your feet and working up to your neck. Use gentle, upward sweeping motions, always toward your heart.  Dry brushing will stimulate the lymphatic system and improve the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.
  5. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to drink more water while you are bathing. If you get too hot, add a little cool water to the tub. Breathe deeply and relax. I do not recommend staying in a ginger detox bath for more than 30 minutes. When you are done, stand up slowly because the heat and sweating may cause you to be a little dizzy or weak.  
  6. Getting out.  Wrap a towel around your body right away and dry off. Then put on clothes that you don’t mind getting sweaty. Remember, you will most likely continue to sweat for another hour or so. Then drink more water! I also like to put a pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt on my tongue to replenish minerals lost through sweating. When your body has finished sweating, it is a good idea to take a quick shower to flush any toxins off the surface of the skin so that they do not reabsorb.

Cautions:  Ginger root is not recommended for people who take anticoagulants.  If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or any serious health condition, talk to your doctor before taking a ginger detox bath.

Further reading . . .

Chlorine in Tap Water - Why Use a Bath and Shower Filter?; Health Benefits of Ginger

Return from Ginger Detox Bath to Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Healing

Simple, Easy, Detox.  Body Cleanse Starter Kit

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