How to Make a Soothing Lavender Detox Bath

How to Make a Soothing Lavender Detox Bath

Over the past two years, one of the most beneficial practices I have adopted to regain my health is taking regular detox baths.  I can’t recommend them highly enough!

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I have used various ingredients from dead sea salts to clays to epsom salts and baking soda.  Some of the clay mixtures and dead sea  salts can get pretty pricey, especially when you are using them for a whole family.  I have found that a mixture of epsom salts, baking soda, and lavender is very effective and doesn’t break the bank!

Benefits of detox baths // This House of Joy

Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are known to relieve stress and pain, help muscles and nerves to function properly, and relieve constipation.  They are also great for the skin! Epsom salts mixed in water triggers reverse osmosis by pulling salt and toxins out of the body and absorbing magnesium and sulfates into the body.

In the initial phases of my herbal Lyme treatment, I did epsom salt baths nearly every night.  It was the only thing that relaxed and soothed my muscles enough so I could fall asleep. Now, I do them twice weekly (and sometimes more frequently if I am feeling run down or feel a cold coming on).

A epsom salt bath does wonders for my son when he is detoxing.  He goes from irritable to calm in a span of 20 minutes!

We also do them for both of our kids when they appear to be run down or catching a cold.    If they are not up for getting in the tub, we have them just soak their feet.

Benefits of Baking Soda

  • Alkalizes the body
  • Washes acid waste out of the body
  • Softens skin

When Should You Do a Detox Bath?

  • To relieve detox symptoms.
  • To soothe a headache, sore muscles, or achy joints.
  • To relax hyper-active or irritable children.
  • At the first sign of a cold or flu.
  • To speed up the healing process when you are ill.
  • As weekly maintenance to keep your toxic burden low.

How to make a soothing lavender detox bath

Recipe For Soothing Lavender Detox Bath:

Large Batch:

In a large bowl, mix 4 cups epsom salts, 4 cups baking soda and 5-10 drops of lavender.  Store in a large glass container.  When you are ready for a detox bath, add 1-2 cups of your salt mix to your bath water. (Kids can use 1/2 to 1 cup).

Single Use:

Add 1 cup epsom salts plus 1 cup baking soda and 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water.


Do a bath at least once a week for 20-40 minutes.  Natural News says to do 40 minutes…20 minutes to detox and 20 minutes for your body to absorb minerals.


  • Always check with your doctor before starting this or any detox regimen…especially if you are suffering from any sort of health problems.
  • Do not do a detox bath if you are pregnant, dehydrated, have heart problems, or have open sores (the salt will burn!).
  • If you feel uncomfortable, dizzy, or short of breath, get out of the bath immediately.
  • If you have never done a detox bath before, start with only 1/2 cup of bath salts and work up.
  • Make sure the water is not too hot or you won’t be able to stay in it long.  You want to soak for 20 to 40 minutes.
  • Always keep a large glass of water next to the bath tub so you can re-hydrate during the bath.
  • If you don’t feel like doing a full bath, do a foot bath instead!
  • Do not use soap in your bath water…it will interfere with the detoxification process.

How to make a soothing lavender detox bath.  Make sure your bath water is filtered! This House of Joy

A Word on Water:

Where to Buy Supplies:

  • You can buy epsom salts and baking soda at any grocery store or drug store, but if you are going to be doing a lot of baths, I recommend buying in bulk.  Mountain Rose Herbs has both epsom salts and baking soda in bulk…in 1 lb, 5 lb, and 50 lb bags.  They also sell essential oils! It is much more cost-effective to order that way.
  • I use this gallon-sized glass jar to store my bath salts in.  I keep a pretty one-cup metal scoop in the jar as well to make it easy.
  • If you prefer a foot soak, I just bought this foot bath on Amazon.  I like it because it’s deep and has a handle.

DIY Gift Idea with lavender detox bath, raw honey lip salve, and lavender sachet // This House of Joy

DIY Gift Idea:

This recipe makes a great DIY Gift Item! It is great paired with with a tin of Raw Honey Lip Salve and a fresh lavender drawer sachet.

I hope this helps you continue your journey to health and save some money doing it!

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Do you take regular detox baths? What do you like to use? Share your tips and ideas in the comments!


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  1. I love epsom salt baths! Thanx for sharing this info. Today, there are lots of people who are deficient in magnesium and they likely don’t know it. Magnesium is important for lots of things, including heart health. So, it’s great to know that you can enjoy an epsom salt bath and boost your magnesium levels at the same time. Best practice is to stay soaking for 35 to 40 minutes, to get the detox and then absorb the magnesium.

  2. Is it safe to use this on a 4yr old boy? And if so, how much do I use?

    • You’d have to check with your doctor, but I will say that I use it with my kids (4 and 7)…Usually about a cup per bath. When my son is having a bad day, I put him in a bath and it helps so much :)


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