A few years ago a participant from my monthly online juice fasting program raved about adding powdered ginger to baths to add extra heat for the body. This was a great idea, especially for those that are doing fasting in cold winter months and find that their body temperature drops significantly while fasting. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with many different ways of using ginger in my baths, and I have found that I much prefer using fresh ginger juice, and adding some epsom salt to the bath to boost the therapeutic and anti-inflammatory effects. I have to also mention that combining ginger and epsom salt is great at easing congestion, opening up air passage ways if someone has a cold, cough, or flu, and improving circulation.
Overall this bath recipe can be used if someone is sick with a cold, flu, or cough, it also can ease aches and pains either from sickness, inflammatory conditions, or strained muscles from exercise, and is also great as an end of the day bath to promote better quality sleep and deep relaxation.
For this bath recipe, I find it’s much better to juice fresh ginger root as opposed to using dried ginger powder. The reason being is not all spices are created equal, many times manufactures add fillers, flours, and powders to “cut” the spice, and therefore you’re not getting the pure spice, but spice mixed with fillers. Also you never know how old the powder is, and dried spices lose their strength and potency over time. In all, I truly believe “fresh is best!” If you do fall in love with this bath recipe and you are short on time, you can juice a larger batch of ginger juice and freeze the extra ginger juice in an ice-cube tray for later use. If you don’t have a juicer, you can alternatively make fresh ginger tea by boiling and then steeping chopped ginger root and pouring the tea into the bath water.
Healing & Detoxifying Ginger Epsom Salt Bath
1/2 cup freshly pressed Ginger Root Juice*
1/4 cup Epsom Salts
*If you have a small bath tub or super sensitive skin, decrease the amount of Ginger Root Juice to 1/4 Cup.
1- With a juicer, juice the fresh ginger root.
2- As you are filling the bath with warm/hot water, add the fresh ginger root juice and epsom salts.
3- Make sure epsom salt is fully dissolved in the bath water and ginger juice is evenly mixed in.
4- Immerse yourself in the bath and try to stay in the bath for at least 20 minutes.
5- Be careful not to splash water into your eyes.
6- No need to rinse your body off after the bath, when finished taking the bath, just pat yourself dry.
7- For full detoxification and healing effect, make sure to drink plenty of water following the bath and prepare to have a deep, sound sleep!