Picture this… You start using essential oils and either A) you aren’t getting the results you’d hoped for from the oil(s) you are using, or B) you get a headache or don’t feel too hot shortly after using them.
Hang tight and DEFINITELY don’t throw in the towel! These could be signs that your body is detoxing – something that can be completely normal when you begin using essential oils. A good majority of us haven’t done any kind of cleanse to rid our bodies of the everyday toxins we come in contact with before starting an oil routine. If you have started using essential oils and you’re noticing that slightly yucky feeling afterward, one thing you might want to try is soaking in an epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is great for tons of things and helping to draw toxins out of your body is one of them. It is recommended to stop whatever oil regimen you had started for a few days while doing the epsom salt detox and then resume your routine slowly. The time frame is totally up to you, but you definitely need to listen to your body!
Some signs that you might be detoxing:
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
- ‘Brain fog’
- Fatigue/low energy
- Headaches, body aches, or flu-like symptoms
- Extreme cravings
Again, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms when you first begin using therapeutic grade essential oils, you are most likely detoxing – this is a good thing, I promise! Time to get the bad out and a good soak in an epsom salt bath will help tremendously! An epsom salt bath can also be great for:
- Easing stress and improving sleep/concentration
- Helping muscles and nerves function properly
- Regulating activity of 325+ enzymes
- Helping to prevent artery hardening and blood clots
- Making insulin more effective
- Reducing inflammation to relieve pain/muscle cramps
- Improving the body’s oxygen use
- Flushing toxins out of your system
- Improving absorption of nutrients
- Helping to form joint proteins, brain tissue, and mucin proteins
- Helping to prevent/easing migraine headaches
- Run the water hot enough that it will make you sweat, but not so hot that you won’t be able to stand it
- Add approximately 2 cups of epsom salt to your bath (may need to increase or decrease depending on the size of your tub)
- Immerse yourself in the water all the way up to your neck. You want as much of your body underwater as possible.
- Soak for about 20 minutes and then get out out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. It can be normal to feel a little dizzy or light-headed (that’s the detoxing doing its magic!), but this will go away as you shower off quickly in cooler water.
- Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.
- Hydrate yourself with plenty of water before and after your bath.
- Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.
Detoxing can be an important part of your essential oils journey. Bottom line – listen to your body, use smaller doses if needed, and start slow!