One of my favorite ways to help support my body during times of sickness, stress or pain is with a detox bath. It’s such a simple way to press the reset button on your health. This detox bath recipe is one that can be done regularly to reduce inflammation and support the immune system. My whole family loves a good detox bath too!
Why do we need to detox?
Humans are exposed to more toxins today than ever before in history. Even if we try our hardest to keep the toxin load down in our bodies we could still benefit from a detox. Another reason is that our detox pathways can get clogged and use some extra support. Many of us today have MTHFR mutations that genetically make it challenging to detox on our own. A bath is one easy way to help support our body in this process.
Detox Bath Recipe
Here is a suggested recipe of one of my favorite recipes for a detox bath soak. Get the water as hot as you can stand and stay in until it is cold. Make sure that you have plenty of water with minerals in it or herbal tea to sip on while you soak. Immediately after your soak take a shower to wash off any impurities that have been pulled out by your body.
- Ginger – Add 1/2 cup fresh sliced ginger or 4 Tblsp dried to the bath. Ginger helps to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, kill bacteria and viruses and promote your body to sweat. Read more about the benefits of Ginger in this blog post.
- Epsom Salt – Add 1-2 cups depending on your weight to the bath. The salt helps to detoxify and restore magnesium levels in the body.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Add 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar to the bath for it’s antimicrobial benefits. It has been used in folk medicine to help regulate the body’s temperature. ACV can be very soothing to sunburns and other skin conditions.
- Bentonite Clay – Add 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay to the bath to pull toxins out of the body, reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.
What else can you add to a detox bath?
- Lavender – Lavender is a wonderful herb to add to the bath. It has an analgesic effect that can help reduce pain including headaches. Lavender is also anti-fungal and calming to the nervous system.
- Mustard Seed -Use 1/3 cup dried mustard seed powder in place of Ginger to increase circulation and help the body sweat out toxins.
- Baking Soda – Baking Soda has antimicrobial properties that can support your immune and help to promote circulation and sweating. It is also a wonderful remedy for skin conditions. Add 1/2 cup of Aluminum free baking soda when using it.
- Dry Brushing – obviously not an ingredient to add to your bath water but dry brushing should be mentioned because it is a very effective way to get lymph moving
*When I prepare a detox bath for my youngest child I will half the recipe and not make the water as hot. If you have a medical condition always check with a doctor first.