I always recommend a detox bath because it is one of the easiest and most affordable healing therapies. A detox bath helps to facilitate and stimulate the body’s natural detoxification system.
In our modern world, our bodies are subjected to more toxins than ever before. We are surrounded by toxins on all fronts, from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and even the medications we take to supposedly improve our health. Without a detox these toxins can harm the body by causing irritation and inflammation.
The body has a natural detoxification process that works to remove and metabolize the compounds in these toxins. Unfortunately, this process is limited and cannot always remove all toxins, so it is up to us to help our body detox more efficiently.
There are a number of different ways to improve the natural detox process, such as yoga, acupuncture or drinking green tea, but I have found an Epsom salt detox bath to be especially useful and very enjoyable. So, the typical detox bath requires the use Epsom salts, which is also known as magnesium sulphate, but there are other natural products that can be used as well.
Epsom salts have been used for centuries by many different cultures and is known to have lots of health benefits. Lucky for us, they are easy to find and quite inexpensive as well.
How it Works:
The skin is a very porous membrane that regularly takes in minerals and eliminates toxins daily. Both magnesium and sulphate are easily absorbed through the skin and then enter the bloodstream. When you use Epsom salts as a mineral base within the bath water, you create a process called reverse osmosis. This causes salt and other harmful toxins to be pulled out of your body and allows the magnesium and sulphates to enter your body.
- Eases stress
- Improves focus and concentration
- Better sleep
- Regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes
- Helps to prevent artery hardening which may result in blood clots
- Makes insulin function more effectively
- Reduces inflammation
- Relives pain and muscle cramps
- Improves the body’s oxygen use
- Flushes out toxins that have built up
- Improves the absorption of nutrients
- Helps to form proteins that are good for joints and brain tissue
- Can prevent and help ease migraines
- Helps to heal skin conditions
Not only will an Epsom salts bath improve your overall health and well-being, but it will also strengthen your immune system over time and prevent disease. You can take an Epsom salt bath a few times a week, but I have found the best results by soaking for at least 20 – 30 minutes once or twice a week.
How to take an Epsom Salt bath:
Most people suggest that you add about two cups of Epsom salts to your bathwater. However, if this is your first time taking a detox bath, I would recommend only half a cup. As your body gets used to the intense detox, you can increase the amount until you are able to use the suggested two cups. I started off with two cups the first time I tried this and it resulted in making me dehydrated and moody. So, start with less and see how it makes you feel afterwards. It should make your body temperature rise for a while afterwards, as you sweat out even more toxins. You can even add some essential oils to the bath. This allows you to relax more and benefit from some aromatherapy. Spend at least 15 minutes soaking in warm water. Do not use soap or other bath oils as it will affect your detox. Afterwards make sure to relax for a while to fully absorb the healing properties and so that you don’t overexert yourself. Most importantly, stay hydrated! You should drink water before and after your detox bath, as the hot water and sweating will make you lose water faster than usual.
So, do yourself a favour one day this week. Run a nice warm bath and add some Epsom salts and essential oils and enjoy the soak while your body heals. Take this me-time to do some breathing exercises or even meditation, so that you heal your mind, body and soul!
Jul 15, 2017 at 8:07 pm
I’m so bad with baths. I know they’re really good for you, but I end up getting bored and too hot. I’ll have to try it again.
Jul 19, 2017 at 9:09 am
Trying reading a magazine or meditating to keep your mind off the heat and get rid of the boredom… It is your time to do just what you feel like!
Jul 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm
Great reminder to take a moment to detox and relax.
Jul 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm
Always nice to have a Detox bath, I love them. Thanks!
Jul 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm
Where I live (Trinidad W.I.) I don’t have a bath only a shower. This will work well as detox foot bath as well… fingers crossed!
Jul 19, 2017 at 9:10 am
Yes, the Epsom salts work wonderfully in a foot bath as well!
Jul 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm
I love this idea, especially adding meditation to it.
Jul 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm
Thank you for writing this article. I didn’t realize half of these benefits!
Jul 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm
I had no idea there were detoxifying baths. This sounds so relaxing! I definitely need to try this out! 🙂
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Jul 17, 2017 at 10:49 pm
I love Epsom salt baths probably one of my favorite ways to relax. I usually read and soak for awhile then turn on some classical music for maybe ten or twenty more minutes. Though I have had some instances where my heart rate goes up. Could that be a sign I’m using too much Epsom salts? I usually use about a cup to a cup and a half.
Jul 19, 2017 at 9:13 am
It’s perfectly normal if your heart rate goes up. Mine does every time I take a detox bath. Your heart rate increases blood flow throughout your body allowing all the toxins to be pushed out of your opened pores. If it feels like too much though, lessen the amount you use to half a cup and then as your body gets used to it, increase the amount again.
Jul 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm
Synenergy at its best. I wrote a blog about sage and a bath. Next month, I have a more indepth feminine cleansing appearing. This is super cool and wonderful to share this journey with you. xoxo
Jul 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
Thanks for your kind words! Please leave a link, I would love to read your posts!
Jul 20, 2017 at 5:10 pm
Love the emphasis on using this as therapy basically! I need to get more epsom salt and I have tons of oils to add. Baths are the best. ❤️
Jul 21, 2017 at 8:37 am
Thanks Kimberly! If you don’t have epsom salts, you can use aking soda. The effect and benefits are similar.
Jul 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm
I love detox baths! There’s so many ways to do them too and you feel so good afterwards.
Jul 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm
Thanks for sharing this ! I love detox baths as well !
Jul 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm
Great advice. I believe I will work on doing a detox bath soon.
Jul 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm
There are so many benefits, wow! I definitely need to give this a go. Thanks for sharing!
Jul 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm
This is the first time that I have heard Detox Bath. It’s interesting, will try someday.
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Jul 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm
I absolutely love taking Epsom salt baths! I also try to use pink Himalayan salt and essential oils in my baths as well.
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