Few things match up to the feeling of soaking in a warm bath after a long, tiring day. While a good old bath does the trick, adding a few wholesome ingredients into the tub can transform bath time into both a relaxing and healing experience.
Every day, we come into contact with all sorts of chemicals, whether that’s from the food we eat, personal care products, and other airborne pollutants. This makes regular detoxing extremely necessary.
The good news is you do not need to go to an expensive spa to rid your body of toxins. In fact, spiritual baths and ritual cleansing were practiced for many decades to not only improve health but also manifest intentions. With a few simple and inexpensive recipes at hand, you can enjoy the health benefits of detoxing in the comfort of your home.
So, here are some natural homemade detox bath recipes that you and your loved ones can try.
1. Exfoliating Homemade Detox Bath
Taking a detox bath is not only an amazing way to expunge toxins from your body; you can also use bath time to exfoliate and give your skin the special treatment it deserves.
This recipe makes use of bentonite clay, Epsom salt, and a dash of frankincense essential oil. Epsom salts are packed with magnesium, a mineral with numerous benefits including calming the nerves and soothing sensitive skin.
Exfoliating at least once a week comes with extra perks for your skin. Bentonite clay serves as an excellent exfoliator even for the most sensitive skin. The clay contains a light electrical charge that literally pulls out impurities deep in your skin.
Add a few drops of frankincense essential oil to your detox bath recipe to relax your mind and to ease tense muscles.
- ½ cup bentonite clay
- ½ Epsom salt
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
In a warm water bath, add bentonite clay, Epsom salt, and the essential oil. Swirl the water lightly to ensure the ingredients mix evenly. Enjoy the bath for up to 30 minutes.
2. Fresh Herbal Detox Bath
Fresh herbs are loaded with many wonderful benefits. They don’t just make for pretty garnishes; when added to a bath, they can open up a whole world of relaxation, calmness, and healing.
There is no limit to the types of herbs that you can use for this detox bath but you can get started with mint, rosemary, thyme, and parsley, all of which have powerful healing, relaxing, and soothing properties for the mind and skin.
If you do not have Epsom salt on hand, you can substitute with sea salt. Also, feel free to add a few drops of pure coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to moisturize the skin.
Lastly, do not be alarmed by the baking soda requirement in this recipe. Baking soda is an extremely mild, safe and gentle base that can help with cleaning your pores, which is a plus especially if you have mild acne.
- A bunch of herbs of your choice
- 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
- 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pure coconut or virgin olive oil
Cover your herbs in a cotton cloth to keep your tub clean. Throw in all the ingredients into a warm bath and enjoy.
3. Healing Homemade Detox Bath
An accumulation of toxins in the body can lead to less than optimal health. By expunging toxins, a detox bath helps to restore balance and allows the body to heal itself naturally.
While Epsom salt is a popular ingredient in detox baths, an equally great alternative is Himalayan pink salt, one of the purest sea salts. It does not hurt to use both types of salts together.
Himalayan pink salt contains many trace minerals including potassium, magnesium, calcium, and others, which are particularly important in regulating the flow of bodily fluid. Himalayan salt also pulls out toxins from the skin and underlying tissues. Adding just a pinch of the salt to your bath water will leave you feeling re-energized.
In the spirit of healing and reenergizing the body, you can also add some ginger essential oil to this recipe. Ginger has powerful stimulating properties and helps to restore wellbeing by stimulating blood and lymph circulation.
- ½ cup Himalayan pink salt
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- 5 drops ginger essential oil
Pour all the ingredients in a warm water bath. Then, soak for 25-30 minutes.
4. Skin-Soothing Detox Bath
If your skin is out of whack, soaking in a bath peppered with soothing ingredients is a great way to calm irritation and restore healthy skin.
Some excellent household items you can use to prepare a quick skin-soothing bath are apple cider vinegar and oatmeal. Oatmeal is an amazing exfoliator but it can also help to reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin.
Apple cider vinegar offers a host of benefits including restoring the skin’s natural pH, masking body odor, and providing the skin with much-needed vitamins and minerals.
If you want to really up the ante, add some freshly grated ginger to stimulate body fluid circulation and coconut oil to restore moisture to the skin.
- ¼ apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup oatmeal
- ½ sea salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- ½ cup pure coconut oil
Run a hot bath and then, add all the ingredients into the tab. Enjoy for up to 30 minutes.
5. Stress Relieving Detox Bath
Throughout the day, our bodies lose essential minerals such as sulfur, calcium, bromide, zinc, magnesium, and potassium all of which play a crucial role in maintaining normal bodily functions.
A hectic schedule can increase the rate at which your body loses these minerals, which can lead to the signs and symptoms of stress. Luckily, you can accelerate the rate at which the body replenishes these essential minerals by using natural remedies such as seaweed, Dead Sea salts, and Epsom salt.
The numerous vitamins and minerals contained in these salts and in seaweed help to promote better sleep, soothe tense muscles, and draw out toxins, all of which can aid in calming the mind and alleviating symptoms of stress.
- 1 cup seaweed powder
- 1 cup dead sea salt
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- Essential oil of your choice
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except for the essential oil. When your bath is warm enough, pour in the dry ingredients and swirl around lightly to get everything nicely mixed. Then, add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and dive in for a 30-minute bath.
6. Skin pH Balancing Detox Bath
This bath uses apple cider vinegar, one of the most versatile household items to have. Vinegar can help soothe skin conditions such as eczema, redness, dry and itchy skin, and sunburn.
Apple cider vinegar contains an alkaline base and works by restoring the skin’s pH, leaving you with smooth, less inflamed skin.
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Fill a bathtub with hot water and then, add the apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Jump in and enjoy.
Some people prefer to shower afterward to get rid of the smell of apple cider vinegar. However, if this is not a concern, just allow the vinegar to remain on your skin.
7. Detox Bath For Blood Circulation
Our overall wellbeing depends on proper circulation of blood and lymph. If circulation is malfunctioning, you will inevitably notice the physical symptoms such as colds, muscle pain, low mood, mineral deficiencies and more.
There are many ways to boost circulation and one is to soak in a mustard powder detox bath. Mustard contains a nutrient known as selenium and a high amount of magnesium, which offer numerous healing benefits including improving cardiovascular health, boosting red blood cell formation, assisting with better sleep, and fighting skin conditions such as psoriasis.
- ¼ cup organic mustard powder
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops thyme essential oil
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and add to a warm bath. If you want to improve sleep, try soaking in this mustard detox bath about 1.5 hours before bed.
8. Detox Bath Bomb For Anxiety
Adding just the right amount and type of essential oils into your bath water can really help to ground you and bring you a sense of relaxation and peace.
Color and fragrance are known to affect mood. Using this recipe, you can create an aromatic and colorful bath bomb to help soothe the mind.
When choosing essential oils for peace of mind, consider those with woodsy scents such as blue chamomile, frankincense, and ho wood. Sweet orange and almond essential oils might also help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
To make a soothing bath bomb you will need:
- I cup baking soda
- ½ sea salt
- ½ cup citric acid
- 1 tablespoon beetroot powder
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 5 drops ho wood essential oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops blue chamomile essential oil
- ½ coconut oil
In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Then, in a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients into the bowl containing the wet ones and mix thoroughly.
The cream of tartar helps with hardening the concoction so you can shape the mixture into a ball. The baking soda, sea salt, cornstarch, and citric acid are responsible for the fizz while beetroot powder gives the bath bomb a pretty color.
So, scoop the resulting dough and shape into 1-inch bath bombs. Give it about 1-2 days to dry and then refrigerate in an airtight container and use as needed for up to 3 weeks. To use, simply place the bomb in a warm bath, dive in, and get soaking.
9. Milky Pampering Detox Bath
If you like the idea of soaking in warm coconut-y milk, then this milky detox bath might be something you would want to try.
To put together this recipe, you will need cornstarch, powdered milk, and baking soda, all of which are great for your skin. Baking soda is extremely effective at drawing out impurities and cleansing pores, cornstarch soothes sensitive skin, and milk leaves your skin feeling moisturized.
Preferably, opt for high fat powdered milk that will really moisturize your skin. And, while any type of powdered milk works just fine, the rich aroma of powdered coconut milk is irresistible. It’s the kind of stuff you would smell at an exotic spa in a balmy tropical island. Add a few drops of essential oils and you have your own spa experience!
- 1 cup powdered coconut milk
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Store in a mason jar and when ready to use, just pour into a warm bath, slip in, and enjoy the soothing effects of this milky bath.
10. Kid-Friendly Detox Bath Recipe
Kids too can benefit from regular detox baths. A fortnightly soak can help promote sleep and relaxation, improve concentration, strengthen their immune system, and boost proper muscle and nerve functions, which is particularly important for growing kids.
For your kid’s safety, be sure to use premium, therapeutic grade quality essential oils. Adding a bit of coconut or olive oil is also great for moisturizing their skin and preventing the essential oils from sticking to the sides of the bathtub.
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 3 drops diluted lemon or lavender essential oil
Combine the Epsom salt and baking soda and add to a warm bath. Stir lightly for the ingredients to dissolve. Then, add up to three drops of diluted kid-friendly essential oil. Let your child enjoy the bath for up to 20 minutes.
A Natural Way To Flush Out Toxins
From the little annoying symptoms such as flu and headaches to more serious conditions such as acne, autoimmune diseases, and others, an accumulation of toxins in the body can really set you back. But, you do not have to wait until it is too late; with these natural homemade detox bath recipes, good health and a strong immune system are only a bath away.