Detoxing is a popular way to boost well-being by flushing or drawing out toxins—and there’s no better way than a relaxing detox bath.
Every day your body carries out a detox. The kidneys and liver filter toxic waste by-products and skin sloughs off its dead cells. This process ensures that you remain in prime health.
But if you’re feeling run down—perhaps you’ve been overindulging on rich foods or feeling stressed—a detox session will give you a much-needed healthy boost.
What Are the Health Benefits of Detoxing?
Regular detoxing can increase energy levels, improve skin disorders, manage stress, keep weight in check, and relieve sore muscles.
Removing toxins from your body is the ultimate pampering session.
How to Detox Like a Pro
Detoxing is big business, and most commercial detoxes involve your diet.
In its most simple form, detoxing is achieved by drinking lots of water to flush out toxins, but many detox diets go further.
Detox diets like the Whole30 involve eliminating certain food groups and fasting detox diets involve going without food for a period of time so your body is refreshed.
Another way to detox is by drinking lots of specific healthy liquids—such as smoothies or herbal teas—and if you really love detoxing, then an enema might be in the cards.
But by far the most relaxing and stress-reducing way to detox is in a natural detox bath.
A detoxing bath heals skin, draws out impurities, relieves sore muscles, and calms the mind. It’s pure heaven in earthly form.
The Top 6 Recipes for a Detox Bath
If you want to enjoy the health benefits of a detox bath, look no further than these 6 top recipes.
1. An Epsom Salt Detox Bath
Epsom salt differs from sea salt because it isn’t actually salt—it’s a natural mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
Epsom salt is particularly good for skin disorders. It soothes irritated skin, including eczema and psoriasis; promotes healing; dries up excess oil; draws toxins and splinters from the skin; reduces muscle aches; and because Epsom salt contains magnesium, it helps boosts magnesium levels.
Epsom salts may even help relieve constipation. It’s one of the best ways to detox.
- Take two cups of Epsom salt.
- Pour them slowly under a running bath tap.
- Swirl water until the salt is dissolved and feels soapy.
- Relax; 10–12 minutes is enough for muscle pain but for the full stress-relieving benefits, soak for an hour.
Epsom salt is so good for skin that a paste made from Epsom salts and water can help heal patches of skin irritation.
2. A Clay Detox Bath
Most of us have used clay in a facial mask. It releases blocked pores, clears up excess oil, and pulls out toxins. Clay has been used to clean and detox skin across the globe for centuries.
A clay bath has the same detoxing effect, but any old potting clay won’t do.
Bentonite clay is known as “healing clay,” and it’s made from volcanic ash. Bentonite clay is named after Fort Benton in Wyoming, where many spent volcanoes are located.
Clay contains an array of minerals such as iron, potassium, and calcium, and it has some antibiotic properties that help heal wounds. It also binds to heavy metals, drawing them from the skin along with other toxins.
- Measure ½ cup bentonite clay.
- Bentonite clay is difficult to break up in bath water, so mix it in a cup of water until dissolved.
- Rub the wet clay onto your skin.
- Get into your pre-run bath wearing the clay mix to ensure that it makes proper contact with your skin.
- Soak for at least 20 minutes. You’ll need an old cloth to remove the clay afterward, but the effort is worth the clean, detoxed skin.
3. Oxygen Detox Bath
Hydrogen Peroxide is an established ingredient in the detox world. It’s an effective antiseptic that heals cuts, burns, and skin conditions.
Hydrogen peroxide is also an antifungal, so if you have athlete’s foot or spend a lot of time in shoes, it can prevent fungal growth on your nails and skin.
- Measure 1–2 cups of hydrogen peroxide.
- Pour beneath a running bath tap.
- Swirl and soak for half an hour.
- If the oxygenating bath is a bit dull, add a tablespoon of ground ginger. Ginger is a great detoxifier, as it clears nasal congestion and soothes aches and pains.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Bath
Vinegar is great for skin because it balances its pH and manages skin conditions. It can also soothe flaky eczema and dandruff and will bring down the heat of a sunburn.
Vinegar will leave your hair shiny and healthy too, so don’t forget to dip your head.
After soaking in a vinegar detox bath, it’s a good idea to take a quick shower. Vinegar isn’t the world’s greatest perfume.
- Measure 1–2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
- Pour the vinegar into bath water.
- Soak for half an hour.
- Wash hair for dandruff control and extra shine benefits.
5. Mustard Detox Bath Recipe
Yikes, mustard. Doesn’t that sting?
No. We’re not talking about the mustard added to ham sandwiches, but mustard seed powder, preferably organic.
Mustard has been used for thousands of years to stimulate circulation, aid sore muscles, clear nasal congestion, and soothe cold or flu symptoms.
If you’re feeling run down from a cold, soak in a detoxifying mustard bath to feel comforted, phlegm-free, and de-stressed.
- Measure ¼ cup of mustard seed powder.
- Pour the powdered mustard beneath a running tap.
- Mix until the powder is dissolved.
- Soak for at least ten minutes.
6. Adding Essential Oils to Your Detox Bath
These recipes are basic single-ingredient detoxing soaks, but if you add more ingredients, the benefits increase. Epsom salts, for example—that holy grail of bath detox—will mix with any of the above recipes, including clay and apple cider vinegar, to soothe skin and draw out impurities.
Adding a few drops of essential oil can transform a detox bath into an intensely soothing experience.
Choose your favorite essential oil depending on your needs:
- Vanilla and lavender essential oils are relaxing and suit an Epsom salt bath.
- Frankincense and myrrh are comforting oils that go very well with mustard.
- A citrus essential oil like mandarin helps cut through cold and flu symptoms to perk up a tired, aching body. Citrus matches well with a hydrogen peroxide detox bath to invigorate muscles and clear your head.
There are so many essential oils to choose from—just add a few drops to your detox bath recipe and it’s transformed into a relaxing spa-like experience.
Bath detoxing is a soothing and relaxing way to pamper yourself in times of stress, and it can boost health, too.
It’s worth experimenting with different oils and combinations so you have a suitable bath detox recipe to fight every ailment.