help with detox baths !

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   Posted 11/17/2011 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I am starting my detox baths, but I have LOTS of questions about it.  First, is the hydrogen peroxide absolutely necessary along with the Epsom salt, or can I just do the Epsom salt on its own?  And how many cups should I use?  Should I work my way up to a certain number, or just start at, say, 4 cups  (or is that too much?)  And if I do need the hydrogen peroxide, how should I add that in to the bath?  Again, do I just start all at once, or do I gradually build up?
Also, how many baths should I be taking a week?  I started slowly, once a week for two weeks, and now I'm up to two baths per week.
And after the bath, where I stay in no longer than 10 minutes, I rinse off the salt.  But, should I be using soap afterwards, or just rinsing?
Thanks for any help!

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   Posted 11/17/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't rinse and, yes, epsom salts alone is fine. Work up to where you can handle higher temps and longer times. I don't think it matters how much salsts you put in - I just sprinkle away - maybe 2-4 cups.

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   Posted 11/17/2011 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it's 2 cups per 60 pounds,not sure if it actually matters though. While you don't have to use hydrogen peroxide, I'll just chime in with personal experience...the peroxide always makes me feel really energized...I absolutely love it so it might be worth a try if you haven't yet!

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   Posted 11/17/2011 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
This is what Dr Jernigan recommends but it sure would get costly doing this every day.  Maybe couple times week would be good?
Hydrogen peroxide and epsom salt detox bath
with David Jernigan, D.C., D.N.M.
The Hydrogen Peroxide and Epsom Salt Detox Bath is one of my absolute favorite bath therapies. It is the first thing we do for our own family whenever we feel we are developing a cold or illness. Not only does it detoxify the body and relieve pain, but it seems to also stop many infections quickly and help the body regain balance. Through medical studies, this therapy has been shown to relieve pain that did not even respond to narcotic medicines.
You will need:
 4-6 cups Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)
• 32-64 fluid ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide (3%, as found in many grocery stores)
• 2-4 tablespoons of Ginger (freshly grated preferably, wrapped in a thin piece of cloth or in a tea ball. An old piece of nylon hose also works well).
1. This and all bath therapies work best by first dry skin brushing the entire body, as this removes the layer of dead skin that may otherwise block the absorption of energy and nutrients from this bath and stimulates the blood and lymph fluids to rise to the skin to accept the healing effects of the bath.
2. Fill tub with warm water. Add the above ingredients.
3. Soak for 20 minutes…German research showed no additional benefit beyond 20 minutes. The beneficial effects of this bath are cumulative and increase in effectiveness the more you use them.
4. Recommended taken for a least seven consecutive days, or as recommended by your doctor. Continued use daily, or as needed is fine.
5. Do not use if you are pregnant.

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   Posted 11/17/2011 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Don't worry -- you can't really go wrong here!!

Don't have everything that Dr Jernigan suggests? Don't worry. Epsom salts by themselves are fine. 2-4 cups is fine.

Don't have Epsom salts? Sea salt can do some good too.

The dry skin brushing before you bathe is very good -- sounds goofy, I know, but it does feel good. Don't have a brush or need to go a little gentler? Just rub your skin gently with a wash cloth while you are in the bath -- all in the direction of your heart. It will help you lymphatic drainage.

Some people find they get a reaction from the bath -- in that case, shorten your time. I have found they always have helped me but I couldn't stay in for very long when I was very ill. I would take multiple baths a day when I needed them. You will learn to recognize when they will help.

Have fun! Grab your rubber ducky and feel better!
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   Posted 11/18/2011 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
While the peroxide isn't completely necessary, it does a lot of good! It actually helps to increase the amount of oxygen going into the body, by going in through the skin. Oxygen kills the type of bacteria we are all fighting.

Epsom salts are the preferable salt, because it helps to increase the amount of magnesium that you are getting, as it is believed that practically all people are deficient in magnesium now and those with Lyme seem to have a greater need for this mineral.

Moving forward with your detox routine, by either increasing the number of things that you are doing or by increasing the amount of time doing them should always be done with caution. Detoxing can cause a herx as well.

Since I have trouble detoxing myself, something that I always remind myself of is that any detoxing that one can do is better than none. Skin brushing is always a good thing to do- as Achievinggrace said, using a wash cloth in the bath is even helpful! Although dryskin brushing is more effective. If your skin is being rather sensitive at that time, a person can also wet a washcloth, allow it to air dry to "rough it up" and then use that to dry skin brush if necessary.

Another thing you can do to increase your detoxing without having to take a full bath - especially if taking another full bath is a little too much - is to use the Epsom salts and peroxide in a foot bath.
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   Posted 11/18/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I loosely follow Dr. Jernigan's advice. 3-4 cups ES with one bottle of peroxide. 20-30 minutes. Water not too hot. 2 or 3 times a week is good. I take my laptop in and either play some relaxing music or listen to stories from Some of the stories are great.

If you are a member of Costco, you can get ES and peroxide in bulk packs.
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