Debunking the Detox Bath

Last week I was fighting one of my migraines, with the weather and the schedule change for school, not to mention all of the stress that came along with that. Not long ago, I had come across this idea for a Detox Bath on the boards, so late one afternoon, I decided to give it a try. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

Under the photo I found, there was a note by a previous pinner that claimed: ” I just tried this. I currently have strep throat and thought this could help. Boy was I right not only did I sweat like crazy I could smell toxins leaving me; also loosened anything in my chest and relaxed my body.”

As you can see, the bath wiped away a lot of the pinner’s punctuation marks, but I don’t think that you need to be an ENT to know that the strep-cure part is probably bunk. The bacteria that causes strep is no push-over, you know. But I figured that since I didn’t have strep, it was just a migraine, that it might work for me. (One other note: I did have a slight sore throat, so I could also use that as a gauge to determine the efficacy of the bath as well.)

I filled the tub, pouring in three pints of hydrogen peroxide with the water.

And then I grated a few ounces of ginger into the warm water as well.

Then I got in and relaxed.

Just so you know, the photo from Pinterest is probably a stock photo, since the peroxide-ginger combination produced no bubbles at all.

Yes, the bath was nice. Did I sweat? Maybe a bit, but wouldn’t any soak in hot water cause that to occur? And it was relaxing, at least until two of my three kids insisted on climbing in with me, but overall, despite spending more than a half hour in the tub, I didn’t feel anything “leaving” my body at all.

 The next day, the migraine was still there, with full force. The throat was better, but that may have been a result of the steam, because it hurt again later.

Bottom line, go ahead and soak, but you don’t need all the additives in your bath. Besides, if you think Mr. Bubble leaves a ring around your tub, let me tell you: he’s got nothing on Mr. Ginger.

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