Guidelines on how to take a detox bath with essential oils to de-stress, balance hormones, draw out toxins, soothe irritated skin, reduce inflammation and more.
Why Take a Detox Bath with Essential Oils?
A detox bath is nothing more than your usual bath, but pumped with lots of helpful ingredients that can provide you with numerous health benefits.
While in a normal bath you’ll be using conventional products such as store-bought synthetic bath oils, bath bombs or body wash, in a detox bath you’ll be using all natural ingredients because the key here is to naturally heal your body of whatever ailments are affecting you.
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Essential oils are one of the best things you could ever be adding to your detox bath. Not only do essential oils have detoxification properties, they are also rich in anti-inflammatory properties, pain-relieving properties, anti-bacterial properties and more!
Here are the best essential oils to use in your detox bath according to the ailment you want to address:
Which Essential Oils to Use in Your Detox Bath
- For detoxification: Lemon; Juniper; Patchouli
- For joint inflammation: Helichrysum; Turmeric; Myrrh
- For depression, anxiety, stress: Lavender; Sandalwood; Frankincense
- For skin conditions: Lavender, Tea tree; Roman Chamomile
- For pain-relief: Peppermint; Clove; Cypress
- For fatigue: Marjoram; Cedarwood; Vetiver
- For hormone balance: Clary sage; Geranium; Thyme
Natural Ingredients to Use in Your Detox Bath
Adding conventional products containing synthetic ingredients that are known for their carcinogenic, DNA-disrupting and hormone-imbalaning effects is just counter-intuitive for a detox bath.
Instead we will be using all-natural, easy-to-access ingredients including:
Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate): Rich in precious minerals such as magnesium, Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin and help balance electrolytes, abolish fatigue and invigorate the body. They support detoxification, as well.
Clays: Clays are wonderful at drawing toxins out from the skin, the largest organ in the body. There are many types of clays you can choose from, such as:
- Bentonite clay – Draws out toxins, odors and excess oils, good for detoxification
- Fuller’s earth – Good for oily skin and helpful in boosting circulation
- Rhassoul clay – Packed with minerals and perfect for detox
Apple Cider Vinegar: Rich in many minerals and nutrients, apple cider vinegar is known to balance the body’s pH levels, help with detoxification and relieve joint problems and pain, among others.
3 Recipes for a Detox Bath with Essential Oils
Here are some potent detox bath recipes you consider trying out:
1. Clay Detox Bath Recipe
What draws out toxins and leaves your skin feeling smooth and radiant? A clay detox bath, of course!
» What you need:
- ¾ cup of Epsom salts (where to get it)
- 1 – 2 cups of bentonite clay (where to get it)
- 6 drops of lavender (where to get it)
- 4 drops of juniper (where to get it)
- 4 drops of patchouli (where to get it)
- In a bowl, mix the bentonite clay and the essential oils. Stir until they are well-combined. Wait for 5 minutes, and stir again.
- Run a hot bath (hot enough for your skin to withstand) and dissolve the Epsom salt and clay-essential oil emulsion while the tap is still running.
- Now soak in the bath for up to 30 minutes.
2. Ginger Detox Bath
Relieve pain and soothe sore muscles and joints with this invigorating ginger detox bath.
» What you need:
- 1 cup of Epsom salts (where to get it)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger
- 8 drops of peppermint (where to get it)
- 6 drops of vetiver (where to get it)
- Begin by combining the Epsom salt and the essential oils in a glass bowl. This will get the oils emulsified so that they do not float on top of the water.
- Now run your bath (with reasonably hot water) and drop in the ginger and Epsom salt-essential oil mix.
- Soak in this bath for 20 – 30 minutes.
3. ACV Detox Bath Recipe
I make it a point to take a vinegar bath at least once a week.
» What you need:
- 1 – 2 cups of apple cider vinegar (where to get it)
- 7 drops of helichrysum (where to get it)
- 7 drops of geranium (where to get it)
- 4 drops of peppermint (where to get it)
- In a glass bowl, mix the essential oils and the apple cider vinegar. This will help disperse the essential oils evenly.
- Now pour this into a very warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water before doing a detox bath. Such baths can get you feeling dehydrated and exhausted.
- Since detox baths can make you feel exhausted (detoxing is a lot of work), it’s better you take on at the end of a day rather than the beginning of a day.
- Take a detox bath 1 – 2 times a week, not more than that.
- Try out only 1 detox bath recipe at a time. Do not do all of them at once as this will be very taxing on the body.
Do you have a favorite recipe for a detox bath with essential oils? Share in the comments below!