Holidays and winters bring in lots of infections and cold along with the joy. The odds of getting sick or catching the flu are high, considering the stale air or the germs moving from one sick person to another healthy one.
Irrespective of the how the seasonal cold catches up with you, you have it and you are not about to let it take you down. Luckily, a detox bath may help you in this mission of yours. Antibiotics are increasingly being abused. Unless you are not left with any other choice but to have them, you can try out natural remedies such as a detox bath.
In this regard, here is an in-depth look at detox baths and whether they can be effective in treating the symptoms of cold and flu:
What is a detox bath?
A detox bath, as its name suggests, is a bath that you take to remove toxins from your body. You are to use ingredients such as essential oils, ginger, and Epsom salt, dissolved in warm water in the bathtub.
You can soak in this bath from anywhere between 12 minutes to an hour at one time. However, if you are only taking a detox bath for the first time, then you should start with taking detox baths for short durations.
Although detox baths are generally credited for their effectiveness, their role in treating a cold is somewhat unsure. This is because evidence backing up their remedial role in the case of cold is low.
Such baths are known for helping with some symptoms of cold though by easing muscle aches and calming the body. However, it is uncertain if the results are favorable for all and sundry. Let’s dig into this matter deeper in the next section.
Does a detox bath work for treating cold?
Studies that talk about the efficiency of a detox bath for helping with cold are limited. However, a cold or flu may culminate in symptoms such as muscle ache and soreness. Luckily, a detox bath can help in this regard.
So, we can say that a detox bath is helpful for aiding us through some particular symptoms of cold and flu. The possible credit for this goes to the use of essential oils in the detox bath. Essential oils such as chamomile and lavender are beneficial for your cold symptoms.
These can help you calm down and relax. Some research also says that essential oils showcase antiviral and antimicrobial properties. For instance, eucalyptus can be therapeutic for upper respiratory viruses. It may also assist in easing congestion.
A small study of 19 participants also learned that adding Epsom salt to your bath ups the levels of magnesium in the body. This can help your body to get rid of lactic acid, which helps reduce body pains and aches. Consequently, it can help relax muscles.
However, there are more studies needed to confirm this and the use of essential oils as part of detox baths.
Detox baths for fever
Evidence on the role of detox baths for fevers is also limited. However, a warm bath has been an age-old remedy for helping cool the fever. It is best to use a water temperature that is lukewarm, between 27°C to 32°C.
A word of precaution here: Don’t take a bath if you are feeling unsteady or dizzy. If you get unsteady during the bath, immediately get out of it. Also, if you shiver, then you will have to increase your bath’s temperature.
It is best to know that shivering is an indication that your body is working to raise its temperature. This can worsen your fever.
Who are these detox baths for?
As mentioned earlier, detox baths don’t suit everyone or don’t turn out to be very effective. That doesn’t mean that you cannot try it. You always can. However, be mindful that detox baths are not for children, women with a bun in their oven, and people with impaired kidney function.
In the last case, your body may not be able to get rid of the excess magnesium if the kidneys’ functions are impaired. If you are unsure about taking a detox bath, you can always ask your doctor and he can tell you if a detox bath is safe for you.
Taking a detox bath as per your symptoms
You can take detox baths once a week. If this is your first time, keep the bath short, approximately, 12-20 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled for any reactions from your body. Watch out for signs of dehydration and dry skin. If you find that your body is relaxing, then you can increase your baths’ duration.
Gradually, you can also up the times that you have a detox bath, such as having them thrice in a week. There are three kinds of detox baths that you can have as per your symptoms. These include:
-An Epsom salt bath for potentially relaxing your muscles and reducing pains and aches
-A ginger bath that promotes the body to sweat and dispose harmful toxins. It may also aid with muscle pains and aches
-Eucalyptus and sea salt bath that can ease congestion and help with muscle aches and inflammation.
If you are looking for alternative natural remedies for getting rid of cold then you can try tea with honey for soothing a sore throat, or have chicken noodle soup that has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to ease the symptoms of cold.
You can also try a neti pot. It can assist in rinsing the mucus or debris from the nasal cavity with the aid of a saline solution. You can try this method for colds, sinus problems, and nasal allergies. If your cold does not improve and extends beyond 7-10 days, then it is best to see a doctor at your earliest.
Summing up: Quick helpful tips for first-timers
If you are taking a detox bath for the first time, then here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Drink plenty of water during the detox bath as well as before and after it. You don’t want to sweat out so much that you dehydrate
- Start with having a bath for 10-20 minutes if you are only starting out
- Get out of the bath instantly if you shiver. The same applies if you feel faint or dizzy
- It is okay if you are not totally submerged in the water for the bath
- It is best to check with a doctor before pursuing a regimen such as this one
- If you weigh less than 120 pounds, add less ginger and Epsom salt. If you weigh more than 175 pounds though, then you can add a bit more of both the ingredients as per your comfort level
Besides, you should know that you are going to sweat a lot. You will also feel hot. Odds are that you will continue to sweat even after getting out of the bath. This happens because of the added ginger that makes you sweat a lot. Therefore, staying in the bath for long can become very intense for a rookie detox bather.