How and Why to Do a Detox Bath?
Detox (internal cleansing) is something that I'm super passionate about and so much so, that I'm actually writing a book about it.
I'm a big believer that it's an important part of being truly healthy and I also feel that when added to a healthy regime, it may help as a preventative measure for illness and being unwell.
The Power of Internal Cleansing
There's a lot of power in cleansing our body's twice a year and the two ideal times are autumn and spring. These seasons are more preferable because the temperatures are milder and not extreme, this sets the perfect environment for one to cleanse. A detox bath is a powerful tool to add into your wellness repertoire!
Cleaning our internal systems clears out the junk that holds us back from living with true vitality, happiness (good mood) and balance.
See my blog 'Spring Detox Your Way to Wellness (My 10 Top Tips') here.
The detox bath tip is missing from that blog but it should have been included. There are many more detox tips I would like to mention in these blogs but it would make the article too long as I am writing a book about it. Watch this space...
What is a Detox Bath?
That's a great question and an easy one to answer. A detox bath is a bath that contains a certain amount of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate), baking soda and specific essential oils that aid detox.
There is no better feeling than sinking into a warm bath and adding essential oils can make it pure bliss. The way your skin feels afterwards is also a treat! It feels so soft and clean but without being stripped of it's nourishing oils (unless of course you use a harsh soap or cleanser on it).
The baking soda helps to neutralise the water, detoxify and purify your body and is mostly added to address the skin and those with skin concerns. It can be enjoyed by people who don't have skin problems too!
There isn't strong scientific research to support epsom salts for detox but I know that when I have had a regular bath (no salts, nothing added and just warm water) I never feel as good and as relaxed as I do after a detox bath.
The apple cider vinegar (ACV) is used because it can help to restore the skins pH balance, it may also help with skin infections as it's a powerful antimicrobial and it also may help to soothe the skin.
The salt is used for many reasons such as relieving stiffness, aching legs/feet/back, to relieve muscle cramps and of course, to aid in detoxification.
I'll let you be the judge for yourself.
You will need:
- A bath (of course)
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 1/3 cup of Raw ACV (apple cider vinegar)
- 1 tsp of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
- 1 cup of Epsom salts (I use a box but this isn't very economical)
- 1/2 cup of baking soda (not baking powder)
- 5-10 drops of any of these: grapefruit, lemon, fennel, ginger, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, bergamot, juniper, orange, cypress or eucalyptus
Other Detox Bath Ingredients:
Bentonite clay can also be a great detox bath ingredient but I would not use it with the Epsom salts or baking soda
- In a pot, bring 2 cups of filtered water to the boil
- Pour this water into a warm mason jar (warm up the jar under warm water so the boiling water does not crack it the air is cool)
- Stir in your chosen natural salt, shake the jar, set aside
- In a small bowl, add the baking soda and chosen essential oils, stir to combine with a spoon or your hands
- Fill your tub with warm water (not too hot)
- Add the ACV
- Pour int the salty mixture and the baking soda mixture
- Light some candles (beeswax if you have them)
- Leave your phone where you can't access it - it's time to relax (you deserve this time to yourself)
- Put on some calming music and hop on in
- Stay in for maximum of 30 minutes and if you start to feel a headache or nauseas it might be best to get out and drink plenty of pure water and rest up until your detox symptoms subside
So Why A Detox Bath?
We don't live in a perfect world (far from it) and our body - especially our livers are constantly bombarded with toxins on the daily! A detox bath is a gentle way to aid detox and can be enjoyed any time of the year, not just when detoxing! It is a great natural way to remove toxins from the system and can help on many levels such as:
- Helps take the load off our overtaxed liver
- May help with skin issues
- May help with headaches
- Can help with aches and pains
- Can help with negative emotions
- Known to help with brain fog and fatigue
- May improve sleep
- Can improve digestion
Who Detox is Not For?
Detox is not for everyone and that includes a detox bath. See the bullet points below to see if you fall into the safe category.
- Pregnant or nursing mums
- People with broken skin
- People with skin infections
- People with skin allergies
If you are unsure, it is always best to speak to your trusted health practitioner before you jump on in!
*Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.