If you’re desperately in need of a fresh start, in terms of cycles, the New Moon is the perfect time to rid yourself of bad habits, behaviors— like procrastination and other things that may be holding you back from your greatness. AND the fact that this New Moon is accompanied by a solar eclipse means that the energy will be extra powerful to help you transform any negativity or hindrances that may be keeping you from the success and happiness that you want.
But… before you invite in the new, it would be wise to take some time to shed and release old, stale energy that has built up over the past season. The July 12th New Moon and solar eclipse is the first of the summer solstice, making right now the perfect opportunity to dip yourself into the waters of change with a detox bath.
If you’re new to this simple, but effective way of detoxing, there are a few ingredients that you probably already have hanging out around the house that you can use.
Why it works: Magnesium helps our muscles and organs relax and release toxins, while sulfate stimulates our digestive enzymes, priming your system to eat some good, clean foods to help you power up energetically and physically so that you can enact change.
How to use it: Epsom salt works wonders on its own, but 10-12 drops of essential oils can add a dash of aromatherapy to your bath soak.
Baking soda does several things: It has a high pH level so it neutralizes the chlorine and other chemicals in water, allowing it to alkalize your bath. It also expels toxins through the pores and softens skin.
How to use it: Add 1/2-1 cup to your bath. Can be combined with epsom salt and 10-12 drops of an essential oil of your choice.
What they are: A strong defense of antioxidants and antimicrobials with anti-inflammatory benefits. Whatever you need, there's an oil ready to be your faithful companion. Here's a few that work great in a detox bath:
Lemon. This citrus oil stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection.
Lavender. Lavender essential oil has a calming scent, which makes it an excellent tonic for your nerves.
Peppermint. This oil is a powerful stress reliever that is effective against feeling anxious and restless.
Lemongrass. Lemongrass is another citrus oil that's know for it's mood-lifting and soothing qualities. It helps with everything from headaches to muscle pain and menstrual cramps.
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Sea salt is, by far, one of my faves-- especially the pink Himalayan variety, which boasts 80 nutrients to replenish your skin and body. The energetic vibration of these mineral salts is high, as it shares some of the same healing properties (like grounding, prosperity and self-love) as another pretty pink crystal you might have heard of-- the rose quartz. Pink Himalayan salt is also known as ‘Pink Halite,’ an edible crystal.
"For centuries pure salt has been used for protection; protection from evil, especially in and around the home. Salt is also used for purification, cleansing and dispelling negativity in many magical and traditional rituals. Pure salts are also used to release attachments, including emotional attachments. It is recommended [for] those who work in environments of negativity or communication."
Although, it may take a bit longer to dissolve itself in your bath, it's no wonder why pink Himalayan salt is fancied in rituals like detox baths.
How to use it: One of my fave recipes include a power concoction of pink salt, baking soda and essential oils.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Now, this here is old school... apple cider vinegar is known to restore the body's pH balance, alleviate body odor, soothe your skin and get rid of product build up for shiny, bouncing hair. Additionally, ACV is great to restore balance to the va jay-jay, ladies.
How to use it: Personally, I like to add 2 cups to my bath as a solo ingredient detox. Following, take a cool shower to rinse.
Other things to consider...
Although it's summertime, a traditional detox bath is usually quite heated (not scalding) so that you will sweat and open your pores, so don't be afraid to turn up the heat. Before and after a good detox it's always a good idea to hydrate.
What are some of your fave. self-care and energy clearing processes? Leave a comment here or on social. Have you been following along with our Summertime Self-Care challenge? Grab your calendar here!
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