Best detox bath

The Best Detox Bath

More than just soothing, this detox bath helps the body cleanse through its largest organ, the skin. So when you're feeling sick, this may be a good place to turn.

The goal is to sweat out a few toxins, jump start the healing process, and promote deeper sleep for hopefully a better day tomorrow.

A Powerful Healing Combination

Any of the elements can help on its own. For example, the hot water stimulates healthy perspiration and allows your body's temperature to rise then fall, boosting melatonin for blissful sleep. But all the ingredients combined create a special magic.

Obviously taking a bath for this purpose is not for everyone. Check with your healthcare provider especially if you have a heart, skin, or neurologic condition.

Detox Bath Recipe


  • 1 c. Epsom salt
  • 1 c. sea salt
  • 1 c. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. grated fresh ginger*

*  Fresh is best by far. but if you absolutely can't leave home, substitute 4+ capsules ginger supplement or 1+ teaspoon ground ginger. If they're old, use more.


Grab a washcloth for sponging off and a glass of water (no ice) to rehydrate yourself. Begin filling your tub with comfortably hot water, then add all the ingredients and stir. Climb into the tub and soak 20-30 minutes, adding more cold or hot water if needed.

Towel dry then get dressed for bed. Expect lots of perspiration, even an hour or so later. You may want to set a glass of water by your bed in case you wake up thirsty.

Making the Cleanse Your Own

Here is a rundown of what the ingredients do and a couple additions to consider. You can use any of these elements alone or in combination.

Epsom Salt and Sea Salt

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and sea salt draw toxins from the body. The magnesium in Epsom salt also relieves body aches, improves your mood, fades bruises, and helps your body recover from stress.

"Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression."

- Dodie Smith

Baking Soda

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) soothes and softens the skin while removing residues to help the cleansing process.


Ginger is a wonderfully aromatic root with antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. In a detox bath, ginger kicks up the heat, causing your body to sweat even more. Ginger can make your skin slightly red in the cleansing process, so be aware of that. If you think you may be sensitive to ginger, spot test first or omit it from your bath recipe.

Glycerin (Optional)

Baking soda will soften your skin, but you can also add a spoonful or two of glycerin to further moisturize, if desired.

Essential Oils (Optional)

For added cleansing, fragrance, and skin softening, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Eucalyptus oil is especially good for sinus or chest congestion. But watch out for slick residue the oils may leave behind.

Feel Better, Just About Anytime

Enjoy this detox bath when your health condition allows, up to three times a week. Avoid skin brushing before a detox bath, and don't use salt if you have open wounds.

This cleanse can be especially powerful when you are coming down with a cold or flu. Nothing like sweating out the toxins - and a good night's sleep - to give your body the winning edge.

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