Countless beauty editors and wellness gurus have been waxing poetic about the many benefits of the mustard bath detox soak of the late, but believe it or not, this remedy is actually not new news. In fact, it traces all the way back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans as a must-try ritual.
Turns out, mustard is so much more than a condiment to adore on your favorite sandwich (or charcuterie platter), it actually has a few healing properties up its sleeve. According to proponents, it can soothe achy muscles, relieve stress, and detoxify your body, all while in the conforms of your bathtub. And honestly, what can possibly be more heavenly than that?
What exactly does a mustard bath do?
According to Ayurveda, mustard soaks rejuvenate skin, increase circulation, alleviate stress on the body, and draw out those nasty toxins. The organic mustard powder opens up your pores and helps your body flush out any impurities. Many beauty editors have also recounted tales of the best sleep they’ve ever had, while others boast about the baby-soft skin they woke up to the next day.
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What are the benefits?
A traditional remedy in England, mustard baths are most commonly used to help cure fever, congestion, stress, sore muscles, and many other types of colds. According to Dr. Singha, “Mustard Baths have been traditionally used for detoxification and purification. In many parts of the world Mustard is well-known for its therapeutic value when used in a bath, helping to increase circulation, oxygenation and the elimination of toxins. The outward application contributes to general well-being by activating the largest organ of elimination in the body: THE SKIN and helping to reduce the toxic load stored in tissues throughout the body.”
But, like, will you smell like mustard?
We’d be lying if we said that a mustard soak won’t leave you feeling (and smelling) a bit spicy, but that’s nothing that a little bit of essential oils can’t fix. Just simply add a few drops of your favorite scent into your soak (or try one of the versions that already have essential oils infused in), relax, and let the mustard work its magic.
The season to eat, drink, and be merry is upon us, which (if we’re being honest) means that we most certainly can use a little help in the detoxification department. And if a mustard bath soak can help us kick impurities out and give us the best sleep we’ve had in weeks, well then, who are we to say no? Sign us the hell up.