Here’s how to take a detox bath to rid your body of toxins. This is a great natural remedy for when you have a cold or flu–or when you’ve overindulged at your family’s holiday meal!
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!) We all felt awful after overdosing on the gluten our bodies were no longer used to.
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 a couple drops of 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! You can find all of these online at Rocky Mountain Oils.
Soak and relax in the bath for 20-30 minutes! That’s it! For more information on salt detox baths, see information here and on clay detox baths, see information here. And if you want to make your bath extra special and pampering, you can add some homemade moisturizing bath bombs!
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 via the Redmond Trading Company website, through Amazon, or from Vitacost. If you’re new to Vitacost, you can use this link to get $10 off your first order!
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.
Never detox while pregnant. I will take warm sitz baths postpartum with just a little bath salt.
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 product:
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 Salt varieties 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 regular Redmond Bath Salt. While both are very effective in detoxifying and remineralizing the body, some prefer Redmond Bath Salt Plus because of the higher concentration of minerals which are naturally present in the salt.
What’s your favorite way to detox? Have you ever taken a detox bath?
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!