One of my favorite ways to relax and de-stress is to take a bath. There’s a silent rule in our house – if the bath water is running, stay out! Bath time is often where I do my best thinking. It’s where I pray, brainstorm, re-group, or sometimes just not think at all. First off, if you’re not a bath lover, I am telling you, you’re missing out. Second, if you’re not taking a weekly detox bath, I’m about to tell you why you should be!
What is a Detox Bath?
We are exposed to so many harmful toxins every single day. From the food we eat, the air we breathe, to the water we drink, toxins are all around us. Although our body is continually detoxing, the more toxins we are exposed to, the harder the body has to work to eliminate these toxins.
It’s pretty simple. When metabolic waste from toxins builds up in our body, we get sick. Functional medicine expert, Dr. Mark Hyman, sums it up perfectly, “Problems with detoxification is one root of illness. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic.” (1)
This is why actively detoxing your body is so important. There are many ways you can detox your body, but one of the easiest (and most relaxing) is by taking a detox bath.
The main ingredient of a detox bath is Epsom salt. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, an important mineral compound that helps to flush out toxins from the skin – the body’s largest organ. Magnesium sulfate also strengthens detox pathways throughout the body, allowing it to purify itself from heavy metals and unwanted waste.
Simply soaking in a hot bath with dissolved Epsom salt can assist in removing harmful impurities from your body in about 15-20 minutes. Sounds pretty straight forward, right?
Benefits of an Epsom Salt Detox Bath:
In addition to ridding your body of harmful toxins, there are some other great benefits to taking a weekly detox bath.
- Fights Cold & Flu Symptoms Fast – When you first feel cold or flu symptoms coming on, take an Epsom salt detox bath. Flushing out harmful toxins is one of the best ways to fight the onset of the cold or flu.
- Promotes Better Sleep – The magnesium in Epsom salt produces calming effects which help aid in better sleep. This is why it is recommended to take a detox bath before bedtime.
- Stress Reliever – Magnesium helps to regulate the nervous system and may help to prevent stress, anxiety, nervousness, and restlessness.
- Improves Focus and Brain Activity – Maintaining proper levels of magnesium helps to regulate brain function.
- Reduces Inflammation to Relieve Pain and Muscle Cramps – Because Epsom salt pulls out harmful toxins, improving both mineral and sulfer balance in the body, it is recommended to take a Epsom salt detox bath if you are dealing with: gout, athletes foot, toenail fungus, sprains, or sore muscles.
Can I Give My Kids Detox Baths?
The short answer is, YES! I absolutely love giving my kids detox baths and they love taking them. In fact, when my daughter feels sick, she always asks to take a bath with salt. A detox bath has the same benefits and results for kids as it has for adults.
In fact, if you vaccinate your kids, it is highly recommended to give your kids a detox bath afterward. It is a great way to rid their little bodies of a lot of the extra crud and heavy metals that may come with vaccines.
Detox Bath Tips
- Do not drink the bath water (this one is obviously geared toward kids)
- Avoid getting the bath water in your eyes
- Be sure to drink plenty of a water after a detox bath to rehydrate your body
- Don’t use soap or shampoo during a detox bath. It is important for the pores in your skin to absorb the benefits of the Epsom salt. You don’t want to clog them up right way with the ingredients found in soaps and shampoos
- The best time to take a detox bath is in the evening as it may make you sleepy
Ingredients in a Detox Bath
The great thing about a detox bath is, there are many different recipes to try and ingredients you are able to add. If you are looking for relief from a certain ailment, find a recipe that targets that condition. Below are the most common ingredients found in a detox bath.
- Epsom Salt – Flushes out toxins and boosts levels of magnesium in the body
- Baking Soda – Neutralizes chlorine in the water. Baking soda is not needed if your water is filtered
- Bentonite Clay – Attracts and traps viruses and bacteria
- Essential Oils – Will vary depending on the oil you choose to use
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Soothes skin irritations like sunburn, eczema, dandruff, or dry itchy skin
- Ginger – Helps clear congestion
Natural Detox Bath Recipe
My main focus with a detox bath is to flush out the toxins in my body and to fight cold and flu like symptoms when they arise. Because of this, I typically keep our detox baths pretty simple in our house with 3 to 4 main ingredients. Below is the natural detox bath recipe I use on a consistent basis.
Natural Detox Bath Ingredients
(Note: For children under 60lbs., I would recommend cutting these doses in half)
Natural Detox Bath Instructions
- In a glass container mix: Epsom salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay together
- Fill bathtub with very hot water and pour mixture into the bathtub. If the bentonite clay clumps up, simply break it up with your fingers so it is evenly distributed in the bathtub
- Add 10 drops of essential oils to bath
- Soak in bath for 20 minutes or to your liking
Note: Be sure to hydrate yourself with plenty of water when you get out of the bath.
Important: Please note I am not a doctor or medical professional and the advice in this post is for information purposes only. If you are pregnant or have other health conditions, please be sure to consult your doctor before adding anything to your health routine.