Unwind and do your body good with this relaxing detox bath recipe! It’s a simple way to rev up your body’s detox pathways while letting stress melt away.
Wouldn’t it be great if something as pleasurable as a nice, long soak in the tub could also be healthy?
Well have I got news for you: it absolutely is with a relaxing detox bath.
Not only is relaxing and releasing tension healthy (the best excuse to prop your feet up and marathon-watch a series on Netflix I’ve ever heard one), but detox baths help eliminate toxins from your body.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it plays a key role in detoxification.
Your skin is responsible for eliminating 25% of the toxins in your body. It also absorbs up to 60% whatever is applied to it (this is why it is so SO important to use natural, non-toxic skincare products).
The ingredients in detox baths both pull toxins from the skin and are also absorbed by the skin, providing minerals that support the body’s natural detox systems and overall health.
This ain’t your typical bubble bath.
Raspberry bubble bath scented with hormone-disrupting phthalates? Oh heck no.
This healing clay magnetically pulls toxins and heavy metals from the body.
Himalayan sea salt contains 84 essential minerals that efficiently detox the entire body.
It’s said that a strong Himalayan salt bath (1-2 full pounds of salt per bath… that’s a lot of salt) is claimed to be the equivalent of a 3-day fast in terms of detoxification.
Magnesium sulfate flushes toxins and also promotes relaxation, improves oxygen use, helps muscles and nerves function properly, and improves the absorption of nutrients.
And guess what? 80% of the population is deficient in this key mineral! A relaxing bath sure seems like a great way to supplement, doesn’t it!?
Baking soda helps neutralize the body’s pH. It also helps neutralize the chlorine in the water.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil promotes relaxation and eases tension.
Super Relaxing Detox Bath Recipe
- 1/4 cup bentonite clay
- 1/4 cup himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 cup epsom salts
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
Optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin C (sodium ascorbate crystals), which helps neutralize the chlorine and chloramine (chlorine and ammonia; used in water treatment and can be more dangerous than just chlorine) in most tap water.
- Shower and wash thoroughly beforehand. I also dry body brush before showering to stimulate my body’s detox processes and shed dead skin cells so the detox bath can more easily penetrate my skin (I’m honestly not 100% sure if exfoliating actually assists the process, but it sounds logical to me!).
- Fill your tub with hot water. The heat of the water opens your pores and allows for maximum absorption. It will also make you sweat, a natural detoxification process in itself.
- Dump all of the ingredients into the tub as it is filling. The clay will likely clump — this is no problem. When you get into the tub, simply try to break the clumps up (or I spread them across my skin).
- Stay in the tub for at least 30 minutes, relaxing and deep breathing, enjoying the scent of the lavender. When you are done, drain the tub and rinse off. Then apply a natural moisturizer like grapeseed oil to complete the process!
NOTE: You should never detox in any capacity while pregnant or breastfeeding.