Toxins are poisonous substances that negatively affect our health. We expose ourselves to toxins on a daily basis, from sources like pollution, processed foods, and pesticides. And when we don’t release these toxins, it’s reflected in our health and the way we feel throughout the day. That’s why I’m such a fan of detox baths.
Detox Bath Benefits
While there are many ways to detox, one of the easiest and most relaxing is through a detox bath. The best part? They’re insanely easy to make at home. You’ll get all the benefits you’d find in a high-end spa bath at a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your own home.
Using essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with common household items like baking soda, Epsom salts and honey can help flush impurities from the body by allowing it to sweat out toxins.
Ready to try your own detox bath? Try one of these 10 homemade recipes. They’ll help your body get back into tip-top shape in no time. I recommend doing a bath for about 40 minutes to an hour for best results. The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 to 40 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated. Make sure to use hot water — it’ll help you sweat out impurities.
Bonus: Make a homemade present out of each of these recipes. Store the ingredients in a mason jar, add a personalized label, and give to family and friends for a homemade gift they’ll love.
10 Detox Bath Recipes
Tea isn’t just for drinking! Add green tea to your bath and reap its healing benefits, including gaining more energy, increasing antioxidant activity in the bloodstream and lowering cholesterol.
Especially perfect around the holiday season, these vanilla and bath salts are ridiculously easy to prepare and will leave you feeling relaxed, moisturized, and at ease. This recipe uses baking soda in addition to eucalyptus oil and Epsom salts, helping relieve dry, itchy winter skin while detoxing.
If you’re looking for a new way to incorporate ginger into your routine, this detox bath is a great option. Not only does ginger help with indigestion and nausea, it promotes regular digestion and helps alleviate bacterial infections. This super simple scrub recipe requires only fresh ginger, Epsom salts,and lemon, but it’s powerful — and leave you with silky skin! Try sipping on ginger tea beforehand to really enhance the effects.
The staple of detox baths, Epsom salts hold their own in nourishing benefits. Because of its high magnesium and sulfate contents, Epsom salts help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation. Combined with a variety of essential oils — this recipe uses peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, and cinnamon — and dried herbs and flowers, your body and mind will both thank you.
This soothing mix combines dead sea salts (you can find these at natural health food stores, but if you can’t track it down, feel free to eliminate; you’ll still get great results); Epsom salts, which are loaded with magnesium; mineral-rich real salt; detoxifying bentonite clay; and lavender and frankincense essential oils. Lavender will help calm and relax your mind and body, while frankincense helps ease anxiety. The result is a deliciously relaxing bath.
Fresh rosemary, lemon essential oil and fresh lemon zest make these bath salts a great-smelling to detox and refresh at the same time. Plus, rosemary oil has its own special powers: it helps improve memory, ease the digestive system, and relieve aches and pains in your muscles.
Powdered milk is the secret ingredient in this easy, 3-ingredient milk bath detox recipe — use powdered coconut milk for an even better-smelling version. Add your favorite essential oil for added benefits and yummy scents.
Lavender oil is a great all-around essential oil. Its soothing fragrance helps relieve anxiety and stress, it can help lull you to sleep, and even improves eczema and psoriasis. This lavender detox bath incorporates all these benefits into one handy bath recipe. Best of all, it only requires three ingredients.
Eucalyptus oil has a variety of health benefits: it helps fight colds, respiratory problems, and the flu; treats sinus and allergy symptoms; and has antimicrobial symptoms. Enjoy its therapeutic benefits in this eucalyptus and lavender soak. Draw this bath on a cold day when you have the sniffles; with just four ingredients, it’s perfect for an evening pick-me-up.
You likely have all the ingredients you need for this easy, soothing bath. The coconut oil will make this smell divine. And if you don’t have almond milk on hand, substitute coconut milk instead. I love the idea of using peppermint oil and wild orange for a bath that will leave you feeling not only relaxed, but refreshed and ready to take on the day!
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