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Nothing is more relaxing than a warm bath… except perhaps a relaxing warm detox bath that also helps cleanse the body. Seriously- these detox baths will help remove toxins from the body and they also tend to make you tired so I suggest doing them before bed!
If you struggle with toxins or skin issues these natural recipes are a simple, easy and inexpensive way to boost health! I’m always up for a warm bath, and these natural add-ons help improve health while you relax!
The benefits of a detox bath vary by the type of bath it is. Some are geared towards drawing out toxic heavy metals. Others are designed to get you to sweat excessively so that you can get other toxins out of your body.
Some use aromatherapy to help relax the mind and detox you by helping to release toxic thought patterns. Overall, you simply feel better after taking a detox bath, and the added ingredients make it more effective than simply taking a regular bath.
Salt Detox Bath Recipe
- 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Favorite essential oil if desired (I use 10 drops of peppermint or lavender)
Salt Detox Bath Instructions
Dissolve Salt, epsom salt, and baking soda in boiling water in a quart size jar and set aside. Fill tub with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mixture in and add essential oils if using.
Soak in bath for 30 minutes or as long as desired. Note that with any detox bath, you may feel tired or lightheaded when you get out. I don’t recommend doing this while home alone or before going somewhere in case you are tired or need help.
This bath is great for soothing skin irritation, boosting magnesium levels and overall detoxing.
Clay Detox Bath Recipe
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay
- 1/2 cup epsom salts
- Essential oils if desired
Clay Detox Bath Instructions
Dissolve the epsom salts in a warm/hot bath and add essential oils if desired. For the clay there are two options:
Vigorously mix the clay in to a small amount of water until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Do not use metal for this! I mix with a plastic spoon in a glass jar.
Add the clay mix to the bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Mix that clay with a small amount of water to make a paste. Stand in the tub full of water and rub the clay mix all over your body to create a skin mask and let dry for 5 minutes before sitting down.
This provides direct contact with the skin and effectively pulls toxins from the skin. Soak in bath at least 20 minutes or as long as desired.
While soaking, use a wash cloth to scrub any remaining clay off the skin.
This bath is great for removing a lot of toxins as the clay binds to heavy metals and the epsom salts help pull a variety of toxins from the body while replenishing magnesium levels.
Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe
- 2 cups (or more) of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 Tablespoon dried Ginger Powder
Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried Ginger.
Soak in tub for 30 minutes or as long as desired.
This bath is especially helpful during illness as the ginger helps clear congestion or alleviate body aches.
It can also be helpful for allergies or skin irritation.
Essential Oils Detox Bath
You can turn a bath into a sensory sensation just by adding some essential oils to it. It’s customized detoxing in a tub! whether you’re feeling stressed, depressed, worn out, or if you’re having a headache. There’s an essential oil for that .
Essential Oils Detox Bath Recipe
- Handful of epsom salts
- Half cup of baking soda
- Lavender – Calming ( 10 drops of essential oil )
- Grapefruit – Uplifting
- Peppermint – Fatigue
- Cedarwood – Depression
- Chamomile & Rosemary – Headache
- This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances your pH levels.
- Rinse yourself with a cool shower for 5 minutes to wash away all excreted body toxins and close your skin’s pores. Then drink at least 2 glass of filtered water in the hours following.
- You can garnish with any type of fruit and/or thinly sliced cucumber
Ginger Detox Bath
You can use either fresh grated ginger or ginger powder. Add ½ a cup of freshly grated ginger or a rounded teaspoon of ginger powder in hot or warm water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Please remember that the ginger bath will make you sweat profusely for at least an hour afterwards, so wear a bathrobe or sweat clothes.
Make sure you drink plenty of water after the bath. If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, test ginger on your skin for irritation before the bath.
Dry yourself off after the bath, but don’t be surprised if you continue sweating for a couple of hours afterwards. It will make you sleepy, so you may want to head straight to bed. Be sure to drink water before going to bed, and have water handy if you wake up in the night.
Baking Soda Detox
Baking Soda Detox Recipe
- Baking Soda; sodium bicarbonate softens the bath water by eliminating the chlorine, which can be drying to the skin. Baking Soda will also assist the body in its absorption of the magnesium in the Epsom Salt.
- Epsom salt ; Magnesium sulfate is extremely rich in the elements that promote the body’s detoxification process.
Combining both of the above ingredients in a 1-part Epsom Salt to a 2-part Baking Soda mixture creates enough of this basic detox bath for one (1) 30-minute soak. For a first detox bath, measure 1 cup of Epsom Salt and 2 cups of Baking Soda, add them while drawing hot bath water, and fill the tub 2/3 of the way full. Soak for at least one half hour.
Other ingredients may be added to this basic detox bath, depending upon the natural health practitioners’ needs and desires. For instance, salt can be very drying to the skin. Therefore, adding 10 drops of glycerin to the water works to counterbalance this reaction.
You can also moisturize your skin with pure, unscented aloe gel after the bath to keep your skin healthy and supple.
For an aroma-therapeutic effect, about 20 drops of an essential oil can be used to add fragrance or stimulate the body’s metabolic processes.
Epsom Salt Detox
1. Add 5-10 drops essential oil (I love lavender) to 2 cups Epsom salt, then add to a standard tub full of water.
2. Ideally, you want the water quite hot as we are looking to create a nice sweat.
3. If your bath water is not filtered, add 1 cup of baking soda as this helps neutralize the chemicals, primarily chlorine, as well as increase mineral absorption.
4. Immerse yourself in the water, all the way up to your neck. You want as much of your body underwater as you can. Close your eyes, do some breathing exercises and soak for at least 20 minutes.
5. Once you are done soaking, rise out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. You may feel a little dizzy and light-headed, this will go away as you shower off quickly in cool water.
6. It is important not to use harsh soaps or shampoos as your pores are open and will just absorb the chemicals found in those products.
7. Once dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like body butter, Shea butter or coconut oil and some aluminum-free deodorant, but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals.
8. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.
9. Instead hydrate yourself with filtered water before and after.
10. Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.
11. If you suffer from any Allergies, I suggest you do not take this bath..
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Bath
The apple cider vinegar detox bath is great for arthritis, gout and other inflammatory body ailments.
When pouring your bath, add 1-2 cups of pure apple cider vinegar. Soak in the tub for up to 30 minutes.
Remember, hot water is best for all detox baths, as hot water is what is needed to help detoxify as it opens the pores of the skin. Keep water handy as well as a washcloth, as this bath will make you sweat! Drink some water while you are running the bath too.
Dry yourself off after the bath, but don’t be surprised if you continue sweating for a couple of hours afterwards. You may find the vinegar detox bath makes you sleepy, so you may want to head straight to bed after you hop out of the tub.
Be sure to drink water before going to bed, and have water handy if you wake up in the night so you can keep hydrated. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any conditions such as a heart condition or high blood pressure before using this natural apple cider vinegar detox bath recipe.
Eucalyptus detox bath
- 2 cups epsom salts
- 10 drops of eucalyptus oil for stuffy head
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients and allow to rest for 10 minutes (about the amount of time it takes for you to get ready for a bath!). Pour the mixture into your warm/hot bath water and soak!
The eucalyptus will help rid your congestion from a stuffy nose.
Magnetic Clay Detox Bath
- Use 1/4 to 1/2 cups of clay
- Take baths once every 5 to ten days depending on health stamina.
- Keep Water temperature to 102-104° for Detox Bath.
- Immerse yourself in the water, all the way up to your neck. You want as much of your body underwater as you can.
- Close your eyes, do some breathing exercises and soak for at least 20 minutes.
- The contraindications for clay baths are a heart condition, high blood pressure, taking prescription medicine and pregnancy. Always consult with your doctor if you are on medication, have a chronic condition or have a special health concern.
Additional Detox Bath Notes
- The warmer the water, the more powerful the detox effect will be.
- If you have chlorine and fluoride in your water, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of bentonite clay to any of these baths to help absorb the chemicals so they aren’t absorbed into the skin.
- Any of these natural ingredients can be used alone or in combination for a cleansing effect.
- All recipes can be doubled or tripled but this will increase the detox effect.
- I recommend starting slowly with this or any health change.
Important: I am not a doctor and the advice in this post is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or have a health condition, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine.