One of the things I make time to do a few times a week is take a detox bath.
Detox baths support a whole host of benefits for the mind and body. This inexpensive habit boosts your mineral absorption, relieves inflammation, and increases the body’s natural ability to remove toxins. And, there are many options and recipes out there. We’ll go over many various ingredients and the many ways you can alter recipes to benefit your specific needs.
Some of the emotional benefits of taking a detox bath include: managing and releasing stress, assisting with adequate sleep, and even aiding in overwhelm and anxious feelings. The practice of scheduling the moment for yourself, creating a relaxing space, and the aromatic benefits of some of the ingredients, holds huge benefits mentally and emotionally.
Important during chemo
When I was doing chemotherapy for my breast cancer, detox baths became an even more important part of my schedule. They helped support my body’s GI functions, ability to process the chemicals I was receiving during chemotherapy, and maintain my mental health as well. The empowerment that I felt by being able to contribute to my wellness, instead of focusing on my illness – was too monumental to even put into words.
During my chemo and radiation, I did a bath of 1 cup baking soda, 2 cups epsom salts, 1 Tbsp of body wash with 3 drops cilantro, 2 drops juniper berry and 2 drops lavender combined into a large tub 3-4 times a week. (Find the essential oils here). I am thankful to say, that during the five months of chemotherapy, and the three months of radiation, my lab work was perfect!
Various recipes have differing benefits. They are all easily adaptable. Here are some of the various ingredients you can use and why:
Baking soda helps to soothe irritated skin. It also can relieve inflammation, and help to balance your pH levels. Studies have even shown the benefits in boosting the body’s ability to fight viruses, promoting kidney health, easing digestive issues, and helping with muscle aches and fatigue.
Epsom salt is a natural salt derived from natural springs in England. It has a high concentration of magnesium, which is one of the huge benefits of using it in a detox bath. As the salts dissolve in the bath water, they break down into magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral found in the body. It aids in the production of energy and protein.
Magnesium is key in maintaining normal nerve and muscle function, supporting a healthy immune system and cardiovascular health and helps bones remain strong. It also helps balance healthy blood glucose levels. It aids in the production of energy and protein. And – many of us are deficient in this highly important mineral. So grab up some epsom salt – and absorb all the benefits.
Sea Salt can be obtained from many different areas around the world. These salts all differ from table salt in that they are more potent in mineral content and provide a more diverse range of minerals to the body. The minimal processing of these salts allows for the wide range of minerals to remain intact. These salts can help alkalize the body, boost immunity, stabilize blood glucose levels, support the cardiovascular system and promote muscle and bone health. These salts also help to boost restful sleep.
Bentonite Clay is found naturally in the state of Wyoming, and is derived from volcanic ash deposits. When used in a bath, this clay boosts the lymphatic system by helping to pull toxins from the skin. Adding 1/2 cup of this clay to your bath water also helps to detox the body of heavy metals as well. The clay itself also contains many nutrients and minerals that help support skin and connective tissue health.
This ingredient in possibly one that you wouldn’t think of immediately when whipping up a bath detox recipe. However, the antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties, alongside the soothing and anti-inflammatory effects make it a perfect candidate. Adding just a tablespoon of raw, local honey can boost the benefits of your detox bath easily.
Adding milk to your detox bath also adds minerals and vitamin content, including vitamin A, B and D, calcium, lactic acid and animal protein. Use cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or coconut or oat milk. Milk provides skin-soothing benefits, contributes to relaxation, and promotes restful sleep.
Herbs & Teas:
Using teas and herbs like chamomile, ginger, dandelion, calendula, parsley, stinging nettle, and more.
- Dandelion flowers boosts mood and rejuvenate the skin.
- Linden flowers soothe tension.
- Orange Blossoms promote relaxation and support circulation.
- Calendula softens and soothes the skin and aids relaxation.
- Grated ginger is said to improve circulation and blood flow.
- Parsley is believed to promote the healing of bruises.
- Rosemary aids with relaxation and supports healthy liver function.
- Sage prevents stiff, sore muscles after a physical exertion.
- Stinging nettle promotes circulation and eases aching joints.
- Lemongrass supports skin health and aids in healthy circulation.
- Eucalyptus aids relaxation and can ease breathing problems and nasal congestion
- Bee balm and Lemon balm both have grounding and soothing properties.
- Lavender promotes relaxation and skin health.
- Green Tea relaxation and detoxification, is an antioxidant, and softens skin.
- Black Tea reduces inflammation and helps to purify skin.
Essential oils provide all kinds of benefits, including supporting the lymphatic system, digestive system, respiratory system, skin and the muscular-skeletal system. If using them, I highly recommend that you investigate the brand you have chosen and assure that the product has been tested and is pure.
When using oils in a bath, remember – less is more. Only a couple drops to an entire tub of water is plenty. Oils need to be dropped into two tablespoons of Castile soap, or other organic liquid soap. Once oils have been added to soap, the oils will disperse throughout the water, instead of sitting on the top and potentially cause harm to the skin. When focusing on lymphatic health and detox, some oils to add to your routine are: juniper berry, cilantro, lavender, and rosemary. Check out dry brushing to also support lymphatic health.
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- 2 cups Epsom salt or course sea salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- ¼ cup bentonite clay or dried coconut milk
- 6 drops essential oil of choice (add to 1 tablespoon castile soap or other liquid body soap)
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into a warm tub of water. Dry brush prior to getting into the tub of water. Soak for at least thirty minutes. Once you get out of the tub, remember to rehydrate with plenty of water!!
- These ingredients can be edited as you prefer. Mix in herbs or tea into the base salt and baking soda combination, or remove the baking soda and clay and be creative with scents and herbs for ultimate relaxation.