How to Take a Detox Bath
Inside: 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!
Detox baths help to flush all the post-holiday toxins (or toxins any time of the year!) out of our bodies!
This is 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
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 Plant Therapy.
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.
Is this detox bath safe while breastfeeding?
The only kind of detox I did while breastfeeding is a detox bath. However, I didn’t take detox baths early on in my nursing and did not use the clay in the bath until the baby was well over a year old (and not nursing much). Others may do so, but I was extra cautious when it came to detoxing while breastfeeding.
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.
I did take warm sitz baths postpartum with just a little bath salt.
Never detox while pregnant.
My favorite detox bath products
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.