Recipe for Homemade Detox Foot Bath

A foot bath can be a relaxing and pampering experience, but according to some holistic health experts, there is much more to it. By adding a few relatively inexpensive ingredients to hot water, you can turn your foot soak into a detoxifying treatment that can enhance your wellbeing and expel toxins from your body. Here's an expert-approved recipe and its alleged benefits.

Foot Bath Tub
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Why Dead Sea Salts?

The therapeutic properties of sea salts have been known for centuries. According to tradition, queen Cleopatra convinced Mark Antony to conquer the region of the Dead Sea just so she could access the mineral-rich waters and experience their beauty and health benefits.

While common sea salts usually contain only traces of minerals, Dead Sea salt contains up to 21 minerals. In addition to alleged </ahref="http:>detoxification benefits, some of these minerals (magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium and potassium) are known to also benefit to the skin by strengthening it and improving hydration. Dead Sea salt-based skincare products have also been shown to improve skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and photodamage from UVB rays.

What Are the Benefits?

According to the author of the book "Healer: The Pioneer Nutritionist and Prophet Dr. Hazel Parcels in Her Own Words," hot water draws toxins to the surface of the skin, and as the water cools off, the toxins are released in the water (through Osmosis). Most naturopathic doctors recommend detox baths as a part of their detox protocols.

How to Make Your Own Detox Foot Treatment

If you want to create a homemade foot detox treatment, follow these simple instructions.

Baking soda bottle and Dead Sea Salts Jar
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Things You'll Need

  • Foot spa bucket or bath tub

  • Hot water (enough to fill the bucket/to cover your feet in the tub)

  • 6 tablespoons of sea salts (preferably Dead Sea salts)

  • 6 tablespoons of baking soda

  • Towel

Jar Containing Sea Salts
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