One of the simplest ways I know of to aid the body in natural toxin-removal, stress relief and even pain relief is by enjoying a DIY stress relief & detox bath two to three times weekly. A detox bath does not need to be complicated; in fact, my Stress Relief & Detox Bath Recipe is simple, effective and easy to perform.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and plays an important role in some areas of detoxification. Sweat glands in the skin play active roles in the excretory system. Some say that your skin is responsible for eliminating 25% of the toxins in your body. It’s also important to note that your body can also absorb much of whatever is applied to the skin. This is why it is extremely necessary to always use non-toxic skincare products.
History of Detox Baths
The history of the detox bath goes back thousands of years. According to author and Naturopath Linda Page in her book, Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, the ancient Romans had elaborate complexes for healing and detoxification baths. The ancient Greeks are said to have used seawater and seaweed to take detoxification baths. Mud baths, clay baths and baths using aromatherapy oils and herbs have been used throughout history to assist the body’s natural detoxification abilities.
Why Perform a Stress Relief & Detox Bath?
- Can aid the body in the natural elimination of excess toxins.
- Can be performed in the privacy of one’s home.
- May increase energy levels.
- May aid in normal digestion and sleep.
- May boost metabolism.
- Increases oxygen rich blood circulation.
- Softens skin.
- Improves relaxation.
- May help release stress and tension. A Detox & Stress Relief bath can be used as your own quiet time – especially if you can incorporate some relaxing music. Add some candles and you have made your own relaxing spa without paying the price of a fancy, high-priced spa.
DIY Detox & Stress Relief Bath Ingredients
All of the ingredients that I recommend have a specific function in helping your body to release stress, detox impurities and minimize pain. So let’s take a look at the ingredients.
- Himalayan Salt contains 84 essential minerals that can efficiently detox the entire body. A very strong Himalayan salt bath (1-2 full pounds of salt per bath) is claimed to be the equivalent of a 3-day fast in terms of detoxification. Don’t worry, you will not need that much for your weekly detox bath.
- Epsom Salts is magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts promotes relaxation, reduces inflammation, relieves muscle and joint pains, helps nerves function properly and improves the absorption of nutrients. Did you know that magnesium regulates the activity of 325+ enzymes in your body?
- Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate crystals) will neutralize the chlorine and chloramine that may be in your bath water. If you have a whole-house water purification system or a water filter on your bath faucet, you can eliminate the Vitamin C. (NOTE: Water softener systems do not filter water.)
- Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) helps neutralize the body’s pH. It also helps neutralize the chlorine in the water. Baking Soda also helps to soften skin.
- Ginger increases circulation, opens pores, helps your body to release toxins through sweat, naturally contains anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties. You may experience some sweating while enjoying your detox bath. Don’t worry this is just the ginger doing its job.
- Lavender Essential Oil promotes relaxation and eases tension.
Other ingredients used in detox bath recipes: Raw apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay are also recommended in some detox bath recipes. 1/4 cup of bentonite clay along with 1/4 cup of baking soda can also help with detoxing and skin softening. Clay may be an irritant to the lungs for some people, so individuals should avoid inhaling it. One can do their own research as far as doing a detox bath with these ingredients.
Stress Relief & Detox Bath Recipe
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/3 cup Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 2 1/2 tsp dried Ginger Powder
- 1 tsp pure Vitamin C crystals
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Combine all the ingredients into a glass bowl. (Note: Any of the natural ingredients mentioned above can be used alone or in combination in order to achieve a detoxification effect. The detox bath recipe can be doubled but understand this will increase the detox effect. If you are new to detox baths, I highly recommend that you begin slowly with any type of detox bath. (Please read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION included below.)
Instructions for Stress Relief & Detox Bath
Dry body brush before showering to stimulate your body’s detox processes and shed dead skin cells. Jump into the shower and wash thoroughly using a non-toxic soap.
Fill your tub with hot water. The heat of the water opens your pores and allows for maximum absorption. It will also help to make you sweat which is a natural detoxification process in itself. As the water begins to fill the tub, add the ingredients directly under the running water. Give the water a stir to help incorporate the ingredients into the water and allow it to mix thoroughly. The water may have a yellowish to orange tint from the ginger.
Soak as much of your body as possible for about 20 to 40 minutes. Relax, deep breath, breathe in the lavender scent. Listen to calming music. Calm your mind.
When you are done, drain the tub and rinse off your body and with a towel, pat dry. Be extremely careful when getting out of the detox bath as the water temperature and length of time, along with the detoxification process may cause you to feel weak or light-headed if you stand up too quickly.
Most people find that they often feel very tired after taking a detox bath. This is why it’s best to take a detox bath in the evening right before bedtime. After your detox bath, I suggest getting into bed under the covers and quiet your mind and body into a relaxing zone for another two or more hours. Most likely you will drift off to sleep and feel very refreshed in the morning.
Important Information to Read BEFORE Performing a Detox Bath
When detoxifying it is important that you don’t allow your body to become dehydrated. The minerals in the detox bath will draw out toxins and excess water from your body. It is VERY IMPORTANT to drink a full glass of purified water before, during, after taking your detox bath.
Herxheimer Reaction – Depending on your body’s level of toxicity, you may experience symptoms such as headache, fatigue, aches and pains or feel flu-like. Don’t panic. This is your body’s natural response as it releases toxins and cleanses itself. It’s very important to stay hydrated with purified water and get adequate rest to help your body perform it’s natural process of detoxification.
CAUTION: If you are pregnant, breast feeding, have heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, DO NOT use this detox bath until you have talked it over with your healthcare practitioner.