It's hard to have a sick child, to see them miserable and know that you can't take it away from them. It's hard to watch a toddler vomit and then look at you, pleading with you to take away the pain because that's what mommy does, she kisses it better and takes away the pain.
Sometimes it's even harder to be the one that is sick and to still crawl out of bed to make breakfast, clean the kitchen, find shoes, fight traffic on the way to school, convince a child that they really do need a nap, make lunch, play dolls, play house, play play-doh, make dinner, step on Lego's, mop up the floor after bath time and do it all with a smile and without losing your temper.
I saw a Pin about a detox bath and in the instructions it said, "This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold."
Worth a shot.
How To Take A Detox Bath
Fill your tub with comfortable hot water
add epsom salt
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
add 1TBS to 1/3 cup of ground ginger
Soak in the tub for 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water
The ginger can make you sweat profusely so be sure to drink plenty of water during and after the bath.
The website has a lot of great information on what each of the ingredients do and some tips to help make the bath more beneficial.
So I waited until I felt something come on. I didn't have to wait to long, tis the season for bugs. The kids got some sort of strange bug that left them tired and with a low fever for a few days. About 4 days into it I started feeling warm and tired. After I put the kids in bed I got my ingredients and filled up the tub.
The ginger made the water look pretty nasty and I was surprised at how much the scent of ginger filled the bathroom. The epsom salt and baking soda dissolved immediately.
The website talked a lot about how ginger can make you sweat, so I started out with 1 Tbsp. Ten minutes later I was actually getting cold and not sweating at all, so I added two more tablespoons. I still didn't sweat but I sure did tingle. My skin was really tingly for the rest of the bath.
Sitting in the tub for 40 minutes sounded like a long time, but I grabbed my ipad and a book and really enjoyed myself, despite the tingling. As I was soaking I kept thinking about how the website said that the first 20 minutes are for the toxins to be pulled from your body and the next 20 minutes are for your body to absorb the minerals in the water. Soooooo, the toxins come out..... where do they go? Isn't your body going to soak them right back up?
The Verdict: I woke up the next morning feeling fantastic. I was energetic and happy and even had a Snow White moment when I was singing silly songs while making breakfast. I never got the illness my kids had.
Of course there is no way to prove that the detox bath is responsible for keeping the illness at bay. However, I have taken 3 more when I felt as though something was coming on and I always woke up the next morning feeling fantastic.
The last time I took one I purposely waited to see if something was really coming. Sure enough i got a minor stomach bug. Half way through my first day of worshiping the porcelain thrown I took a detox bath then took a nap. I didn't feel any better and I was sick for another 24 hours.
So it's hard to say whether it works or not, but I do know that I enjoy them and I will probably be stocking up on more ground ginger