Did you know: Liver toxicity is experienced to some degree by almost every person today in our modern world…
It’s not surprising when you look at our lifestyle habits, food choices, and environmental pollution.
The liver and kidneys play key roles in filtering everything that goes into the body, with the liver performing 500-600 different functions per second! It is so important that we take great care of our liver by eating well, sleeping enough, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly. However, a few other healthy lifestyle habits we can introduce as a regular part of our routine include dry brushing, drinking lemon water, and adding in a few detox baths here and there!
They will help to remove toxins from the body, as well as help you to feel sleepy (so I suggest doing them before bed).
Note: If you suffer from severe liver toxicity, you’ll need to take more specific and immediate measures to help heal and de-congest it from long-term toxicity. Marla Pietruszko HD BSc RHN has worked with hundreds of clients to help them with healing their livers, so if this is you, you can DM her on Instagram, or go to her website to inquire further on how you can help de-congest your liver.
We expose ourselves to toxins on a regular basis, from sources like pollution, pesticides, and processed foods. When we’re constantly exposed to these harmful substances, it can be very difficult for the body to keep up with the toxin load, and overtime, these toxins build up and accumulate in the body, overwhelming our system, and impacting our health and the way we feel throughout the day.
Using ingredients like essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with items like baking soda, Epsom salts, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and honey can help to flush impurities out of the body (through sweating).
Detox Bath Recipes
It’s recommended that you soak in a bath for around 40 minutes-1 hour for best results. During the first 20 minutes; the body goes around removing toxins from your system. The next 20-40 minutes; the body goes about absorbing the minerals in the water.
Note: Use hot water (not water that’s too hot that you burn yourself, just hot enough for you to sweat), as it will help you to sweat out the toxins. Also, these detox bath recipes are quite strong, and you may feel light-headed or tired when you get out. Therefore, it’s not recommended to do this when you’re home alone or about to go out somewhere in case you need help. It can help to take a few deep breaths to allow oxygen back to the brain, before getting up (emerging slowly from the water to prevent dizziness).
Clay Bath Salts
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 10 drops each peppermint and lavender essential oil (can use frankincense essential oil, too)
In a warm/hot bath, dissolve the Epsom salts and add the essential oils. For the clay, you can either:
- Mix it in a small amount of water until the clumps dissolve in a glass jar (do not use metal). Add to the bath and soak for 40-60 minutes.
- Mix the clay with a small amount of water to form a paste. Stand in your bath and rub the clay all over your body to create a mask on the skin. Let it dry for 5 minutes before sitting down in the water. This helps to pull toxins from the skin. Soak in the bath for 40-60 minutes (can use a wash cloth to scrub the clay off while you’re soaking).
Vanilla Eucalyptus Bath Salts
- Add Epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oils to a bowl and mix together until all the ingredients are combined.
- Store in a glass jar or air-tight container.
- Use one spoonful per bath and soak for 40-60 minutes.
The baking soda, eucalyptus oil, and Epsom salts may help to relieve dry, itchy skin while also detoxing.
Himalayan & Epsom Bath Salts
- 1/4 cup Himalayan salt or sea salt
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops each peppermint and lavender essential oil
- Dissolve salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda in boiling water in a large glass jar, then set aside.
- Fill bath with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar.
- Pour in salt mixture and add essential oils, then soak for 40-60 minutes.
This bath is great for boosting magnesium levels, soothing irritated skin, and detoxing.
Ginger Body Scrub
- 1 tbsp fresh or ground ginger
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- If using fresh ginger, roughly chop ginger and Epsom salts in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and combined. Otherwise, if using ground ginger, ix together Epsom salts and ginger in bowl.
- Add lemon juice, then apply to body before your bath (make sure to apply in the bath so as not to get scrub mixture everywhere).
Ginger helps promote regular digestion, is great for indigestion and nausea, and aids in healing bacterial infections.
Mustard & Wintergreen Bath Salts
- 1/2 cup organic mustard powder
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 6 drops wintergreen essential oil
- 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 6 drops rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops thyme essential oil
- 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
- Combine all the ingredients together well, and store in an airtight container (preferably in a dark cabinet to keep the essential oils from oxidising and deteriorating due to light exposure).
- Dissolve 1/4 cup of mixture per bath and soak for 40-60 minutes.
Note: Essential oils are great, but they must be used safely. Wintergreen contains naturally occurring salicylates, a known blood-thinning compound found in aspirin, so it’s not recommended for children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals taking anticoagulant medications, individuals who have major surgery planned, or individuals who have haemophilia or other bleeding disorders.
Mustard can help to stimulate circulation, warm the body and soothe muscles.
Bath Salts for Back Pain
- 4 cups Epsom salts
- 2 cups baking soda
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 4 tbsp dried lavender flowers
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary sprigs
- Mix together Epsom salts and baking soda in a large bowl, then add in the essential oils and stir well to distribute evenly throughout salts. Gently stir through dried lavender flowers and rosemary sprigs.
- Transfer salts into a glass jar for storage, and use 1 cup of bath salts per bath, soak for 40-60 minutes.
The high levels of magnesium found in Epsom salts makes it wonderful for relieving sore muscles and reducing inflammation.
Lavender Eucalypt Bath Salts
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup dried lavender
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Fill bath with warm/hot water, and add the salts mixture. Soak for 40-60 minutes.
Eucalyptus oil contains anti-microbial properties, which can help fight colds, respiratory problems, and the flu. It’s also helpful in treating sinus and allergy symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- One to two times a week, fill your bath up with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar, soaking for 40-60 minutes.
- Use a wash cloth and clean your face with the vinegar water, ensuring your hair gets wet, too.
Apple cider vinegar can help balance the skin’s natural pH levels, soothing skin problems like sunburn, eczema, dry itchy skin, or dandruff.
Almond Milk Soak
- 1 cup homemade almond milk
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 15 drops peppermint and wild orange essential oils
- Mix ingredients together in a large bowl, then add to a warm/hot bath as the water is running.
- Soak for 40-60 minutes.
Almond milk contains high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
I am not a doctor or medical professional and the advice in this post is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or have a health condition, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.
Have you ever had a detox bath before? Do you have another recipe that you use? Share below in the comments.
Lots of love,
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