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 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.
Recipe For Soothing Lavender Detox Bath:
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).
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.
A Word on Water:
- It is counterproductive to do a detox bath if you are bathing in toxic water. Check your city’s water report to find out what contaminants might be in your water. Many people have chlorine, fluoride, and other contaminants in their water supply. If you don’t like what you see and don’t have a whole-house system, you are at least going to need to install a shower filter.
- We use an Aquasana shower filter and just fill our baths up with the shower head.
- Vitamin C is supposed to neutralize chlorine. If you don’t have a shower filter, you could try vitamin C dechlorination tablets in your bath.
- United Environmental Solutions is another great resource for water filtration. They can actually customize a water filter based on what toxins are found in your city’s water. You just have to send them a sample!
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:
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!