Homemade Detoxifying Bath Salts to Remove Toxins

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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 the environmental toxins and pollution we come into contact with on a daily basis.

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 care of our liver by eating and sleeping well, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly.

However, a few other healthy lifestyle habits we can introduce into our daily routine include dry brushing, lemon water, and adding a few detox baths in here and there.

Detoxing the Body

These baths help to remove toxins from the body, as well as help you to relax and 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 your liver from long-term toxicity.

Marla Pietruszko HD BSc RHN has worked with hundreds of clients, helping to naturally heal their detox systems and more. So if this is you, you can DM her on Instagram, or go to her website to inquire further on how to 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 can build up and accumulate in the body, overwhelming our detoxifying 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), baking soda, Epsom salts, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and honey, these can help to flush impurities out of the body naturally (through sweating).

Detoxifying Bath Salts

It’s recommended that you soak in the 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 around absorbing the minerals in the water.

Note: Use hot water (not too hot) as it will help you to sweat out the toxins.

These detox bath recipes are quite strong, and you may feel light-headed or tired when you get out. Becuase of this, it’s not recommended that you do a detox bath 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

To make:

In a hot bath, dissolve the Epsom salts and add the essential oils. For the clay, you can either:

  1. Mix the clay in a small amount of water until the clumps dissolve in a glass jar (avoid using metal utensils). Add to the bath and soak for 40-60 minutes.
  2. 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 will help to pull toxins from the skin. Soak in the bath for 40-60 minutes (you can use a wash cloth to scrub the clay off while you’re soaking).

The clay binds to heavy metals while the Epsom salts draw out a variety of toxins as well as replenish magnesium levels.

Vanilla Eucalyptus Bath Salts

To make:

  1. Add the Epsom salts, baking soda, essential oils and vanilla-infused jojoba oil to a bowl and mix together until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Store in a glass jar or air-tight container.
  3. 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

To make:

  1. In a large glass jar, dissolve the salt, Epsom salts, and baking soda in some boiling water, then set aside.
  2. Fill a bath with hot water and add the apple cider vinegar.
  3. Pour in the salt mixture and add the 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

To make:

  1. If using fresh ginger, roughly chop the ginger and add to a food processor along with the Epsom salts. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and has combined with the Epsom salts.
  2. If using ground ginger, combine with the Epsom salts in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the lemon juice, then apply to your body before your bath (make sure to apply the scrub in the bath to avoid getting the mixture everywhere).

Ginger helps promote regular digestion, is great for indigestion and nausea, and aids in healing bacterial infections.

Mustard & Wintergreen Bath Salts

To make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container and store in a dark cabinet to keep the essential oils from oxidising and deteriorating due to light exposure.
  2. 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

To make:

  1. Combine the Epsom salts and baking soda together 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.
  2. Transfer the salt mix into a glass jar for storage, and use one cup of bath salts per bath. Soak for 40-60 minutes.

The high levels of magnesium found in Epsom salts makes it a wonderful remedy for relieving sore muscles and reducing inflammation.

Lavender Eucalypt Bath Salts

To make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Fill a bath with hot water and add the bath salts. 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

To make:

  1. One to two times a week, fill your bath with hot water and add the apple cider vinegar. Soak for 40-60 minutes.
  2. 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

To make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the soak mix to a hot bath as the water is running.
  2. 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. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you had a detox bath before? Do you have another recipe that you use? Share below in the comments.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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