Toxins are everywhere, including our clothing, food, the air we breathe and the household products that we use daily. Detox baths are an incredibly beneficial, easy way to try to help draw out these nasty toxins. They can work wonders for inflammation, skin issues, mood, overall health, virus recovery time and sleep quality. To note early, although this post also contains affiliate links, the recipe and opinions are my own. My detox bath recipe has always been the same but it took this prompt in order to share it.
After dabbling with many combinations over the years, I’ve decided that this is my favourite and the most effective detox bath recipe;
The Ultimate Detox Bath Recipe
- Tub full of hot water, of course.
You want the water as hot as you can possibly stand it to be and, once it cools a little, I typically add more heat. The more open your pores are and the more likely you are to sweat, the better the detoxification.
- 1 cup of pure apple cider vinegar.
This helps balance your PH levels and promotes healthy, glowing skin. Many people become tired after taking an ACV bath, which is not surprising given the fact it’s also used as a remedy for insomnia. I recommend taking a book in the tub to combat the urge to snooze. My husband always falls asleep during his- Every. Single. Time.
- 1 cup of baking soda (use 2 cups for a very full tub).
Yep! Baking soda AND vinegar, in the same bath. Admittedly, I’m a dork and I always add these two ingredients together over top of the tub before I run it. I watch the foam forming while saying, “Ooooh, coool” like a mesmerised child. This will cleanse your skin, has antifungal properties and leaves you silky smooth.
- 1 cup of Soothing Dead Sea Salt. Typically, for anyone over 100lbs and if you’re using standard epsom salts, you want to use 2 cups in your bath. Dead Sea Bath Salts have a higher mineral concentration than standard epsom salts and I find that one cup does the trick for me. A little bit goes a long way. If you google Dead Sea salts, you’ll be bombarded with a slew of benefits and I can not say enough about this addition to the weekly routine. They assist with skin conditions, hypertension, replenishing the body’s magnesium level and drawing out toxins. They also help with soothing head aches, muscle aches and joint pains. I enjoy this particular brand in my detox bath recipe, as it contains no additives, colours or scents and includes 21 essential minerals. I read somewhere that they can help reduce wrinkles by up to 40% and assist with forming protein in brain tissue and joints. Definitely an added plus to a relaxing soak!
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil– Were you worried that your bath would smell like french fries due to the vinegar? That’s where this comes in. We use Eden’s Garden oils in this household and I order them online, as their quality easily rivals any of the other name brands and each batch is tested for quality control. This is another analgesic, anti-inflammatory addition to the detox bath recipe, which is why this one is my favourite. I have issues with a lot of soft tissue damage after an accident so, on top of detoxing my body, I’m soothing sore muscles while soaking. To name just a couple of the other benefits; It’s an excellent decongestant, fever reducer and it boosts the immune system.
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil. I find this to be the stronger of the two scents, for me personally, and I absolutely love it as part of a bath. Lavender oil is pretty much my “cure-all” and I use it for everything from skin conditions, to aches, pains, insomnia, massages, and even menstrual cramps. I love how it smells too, which is the big plus here. You can add fresh lavender, should you wish, and I find it to be such a pretty addition to the water. It makes for a very spa-like effect.
There you have it! You combine all ingredients into a steamy, satisfying soak and hold tight for about 30mins, although I usually sit for a while longer. I’ll typically do a detoxifying face mask to add to the overall experience.
Now, keeping in mind, you need good water to have a good bath and that’s not done with chlorine or fluoride. If you can buy one, a filter’s going to make your detox bath recipe complete. You can get some clays or vitamin tabs that help dechlorinate water, although I have no real experience with them. I’ve also heard a lot about ginger and have to say- it only makes me sweaty, smelly and miserable. Ginger seems to make me heat up like mad within the bath. I would not personally recommend it but it may be of value to you.
If you’re brand new to detox bathing, you’ll want to start with maybe half of these ingredients and see how you feel afterwards. Many people become light-headed and it’s best to start slowly. Admittedly, I had never personally experienced such a thing until I started using this bath. I’ll get a little “spacey” afterwards and prefer to head straight to bed, with plenty of water (necessary). I feel different in the morning, not in a bad way, and that typically passes within a couple of minutes of getting up. This, to me, is a sign of the fact that it worked and caused a change for me.
Please remember- this type of activity is not for everyone, especially pregnant mamas, so please do some research into the benefits and whether or not it may be right for you!
Please come back and let me know if you try this.
Do you have any other ingredient ideas that you think would make a good addition to a detox bath recipe?