Why Detox Bath?
The skin is the largest organ and has the ability to absorb much of what it comes in contact with. This is why topical magnesium oil works so well and why sunlight is so important. When taking a warm bath, your pores begin to open and your body is able to easily absorb whatever is in the water. Now, that can be a good thing or a bad thing if you are not using filtered water or clean bath products.
Step One: Filter Your Bath Water
If you are taking a detox bath but your water is filled with chlorine, fluoride, and other harmful chemicals and bacteria, it kind of defeats the purpose of a detox bath, yes?
Yes. If you do nothing else, just a get a filter for your shower because your skin can absorb more of the toxins in the water through a shower than through actually drinking it. You understand the importance of drinking clean water by now, but it’s just as important for showing and taking a bath.
Yikes. You don’t want to be bathing in that.
Step Two: Choose Your Materials
After you have clean water, then you get to have some fun. There are so many incredible materials you can add to your bath that will remove toxins from the body, restore minerals, and leave your skin radiant.
- Magnesium Flakes – 2 cups
- Epsom salts – 2 cups
- Essential Oils – 10 – 25 drops
- Baking Soda – 1/4 – 1/2 cup
- Apple Cider Vinegar – 1/2 – 2 (depending on your preference and what you are trying to do)
- Sea Salts – 1/2 – 1 cup
- Herbs – fill a 4×6 cotton muslin bag
- Clays – 1/4 cup
You can choose one or all of these options depending on what you have or what you need. You don’t need a specific recipe, you can through in anything from the list above with the amount mentioned.
Step Three: Find Your Favorite
Experiment with different salts, oils, and herbs until you find something you feel great with or that makes your skin feel amazing. Below are a few of my favorite recipes.
2/3-1 cup salt of your choice: Himalayan pink salt, Epsom salt, or magnesium flakes
1/4 cup baking soda
10-25 drops organic essential oil of your choice: lavender, spruce, rosemary, geranium, peppermint, sweet orange, sandalwood, frankincense
ACV – amazing for hair and skin
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup apple cider vinegar
10 drops frankincense
Fill a 4×6 drawstring cotton muslin bag with the herbal blend and drape over the faucet so hot water runs through the bag and creates a tea in the tub. Once the tub is full, toss the tied bag into the water and swish it around to infuse your bath with even more herbal healing.
My Favorite Add-ins
- Dead Sea Bath Salts
- Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes Ultra with OptiMSM
- Essential Oils
- Epsom Salts
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Herbs – I love to get all of my herbs and oils from Mountian Rose Herbs
If you really want to step up the cleansing and detoxification a notch, try:
- dry brushing before you get in
- oil pulling while you are in the bath
- follow the bath with a cold shower