Detox baths have been used for centuries as a way to soothe the soul, cleanse the body and bolster the immune system. Healing clinics and spas use mineral clays, seaweeds and enzymes to draw toxins out of the body through the skin, as well as to put restorative and healing nutrients back into the body, through the skin. Detox baths are a regular part of my detoxification routine. Based on my chemical exposures I take anywhere from 1-3 a week. I also rotate the types of detox baths I use. A detox bath works by opening the pores and releasing toxins, which are removed from the skin as the water cools. Making your own detox bath salts at home is easy and less expensive than buying them at the store. It is also wonderful to enjoy the spa experience, without the spa cost. As always, check with your healthcare giver before taking a detox bath if you are pregnant or have diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other illness. I also do a dry skin brush before my detox bath. (See article on dry skin brushing)
When using a detox bath product, it is wise to start slowly, until you know how your body will react. Start with a ¼ cup of bath salts in the tub, as you fill it with warm water. Be sure that the water is comfortable for you. Limit your detox baths to 10-15 minutes at a time until you know how your body will respond. This is a guideline and no one knows your body better than you, so if you feel you should use less bath salts and / or less time, that’s what you should do.
Things You’ll Need
1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salts
2 cups baking soda
1 to 3 tsp. glycerin
Glass jar with lid
- Place 1 cup sea salt in a mixing bowl. Sea salt can be purchased at health food stores and herbal markets.
2. Stir in 1 cup Epsom salt, 2 cups baking soda and 1 to 2 tsp. glycerin. Increase the amount of glycerin to 3 tsp. if you have dry skin.
3. Stir until the mixture is completely blended. Store the mixture in a labeled glass jar with a secure lid.