For years, I spent the afternoon and day after Thanksgiving and Christmas feeling, well, horrible!
Such a heavy meal would leave me wanting to do nothing but nap.
It seemed to get even worse when we started visiting family after our family went largely gluten-free due to our oldest daughter’s food allergies. (At the time we didn’t realize the rest of us are sensitive to it as well!)
But a couple years ago my husband and I discovered detox baths! These help to flush all the post-holiday toxins (or toxins any time of the year!) out of our bodies!
Detox baths are probably one of the easiest ways to detox.
There are several different methods of how to take a detox bath, but my favorite and perhaps the simplest is the salt/clay detox bath.
How to Take a Detox Bath
1 part bath salts (draws out toxins AND remineralizes the body!)
1 part bentonite clay
Draw a bath of HOT water. The hotter the water, the more detoxing benefits of the bath! (If the water is too hot by the time you get in, add some colder water to cool things down a bit.)
Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of bath salts into the hot running water.
Dissolve 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the bentonite clay in the water as well. It may help to dissolve the clay in a cup of warm water first if it seems to clump up. (Do NOT use a metal spoon to mix the clay! Use wooden or plastic.)
Add in any desired essential oils. Lavender is great for relaxing or to relieve tension. Peppermint is good if you have a headache. Eucalyptus is a great one to clear congestion. These are three of our favorites!
Be aware that the salt is truly natural. It will leave a clay-colored sediment in your bath tub–which is quickly and easily washed down the drain. You may have to wipe the clay off the tub with a towel.
My preferred brand of bath salts and bentonite clay are both from Redmond Trading Company. I’ve been using these–along with several of their other products (I use Earthpaste and Real Salt daily!) for well over a year now.
You can purchase both the bath salts and the bentonite clay on the Redmond Trading Company website. Or, you can purchase it from Vitacost.com. Use this link to get $10 off your first order at Vitacost!
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Is this detox bath safe while breastfeeding?
The ONLY kind of detox I do while breastfeeding is a detox bath. However, I don’t take detox baths early on in my nursing and do not use the clay in the bath until the baby is well over a year (and not nursing much). Others may do so, but I am just cautious.
I personally feel OK with taking detox baths once nursing is fully established and the baby isn’t nursing quite as frequently–because the toxins are released through the pores in your skin–not through your breast milk.
However, I am NOT a healthcare professional, and, as with everything you read on blogs, be sure to consult YOUR trusted healthcare provider before making any decisions regarding your health!
My favorite detox bath products:
Redmond’s Bath Salt Plus! This is the same exact container that I personally use (and purchased with my own money).
Are you tired of bath salts that are full of chemicals and additives?
Redmond Bath Salt is a completely natural mineral sea salt that comes from a sea bed dating back thousands of years. Both Redmond Bath Salts contain more than 60 natural trace minerals which are great for the body and skin including potassium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and more. The difference is that Redmond Bath Salt Plus has a higher concentration of minerals and natural clay than our Redmond Bath Salt. While both are very effective in detoxifying and remineralizing the body, Redmond Bath Salt Plus is preferred by some because of the higher concentration of minerals which are natural present in the salt.
Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. This blog is for entertainment and informational purposes only. Please consult your own trusted healthcare provider before making decisions about your health.
This post is underwritten by Redmond Trading Company. All opinions are 100% mine!