Detox in the Bath

Everyone is trying to detox these days. Some for health conditions they can’t shake and others to cleanse their system of dangerous toxins that they fear will affect their health. No matter the reason, detoxing is a good idea. There are many varied ways to do it, some of them more difficult or painful than others. For many years, our elders believed that getting into a sauna or a thermal bath would do the trick and perhaps it did and still will. But I fear this is just not enough in our modern high tech world where everything is plastic, made from chemicals, loaded with drugs and genetically modified. Forget irradiation. We used to worry about that and now it has become the lesser of a dozen evils.

If you are looking for ways to detox your system on a daily basis that doesn’t require purging, colon cleansing, long terms of medication and drinking strange brews, then consider making detox baths. As adults, few of us clamber into a bathtub anymore. We are mostly too big to be comfortable there, opting instead to stand in a hot shower. I am one of those. I actually hate lolling around in a bathtub with half my body overexposed, not really submerged. But there is a lot to be said for sitting baths; my brother uses them to help him reduce his spinal cysts and my sister uses them for hemorrhoids.  And sitting in a detox bath can have overall very enjoyable effects on the body.

Consider the fact that hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface, a principle at work in the saunas and thermal baths our parents pursued. But this is also true when the water cools; the cooling off pulls toxins from the skin. Epsom salts are known to encourage this detoxification by causing you to sweat. Other salts-all highly alkaline and cleansing-used in baths include sea salt, baking soda, clay, and Dead Sea salts. Personally, I have made herbal baths with fresh herbs and baking soda and found them to be useful. Peppermint is wonderful; I highly recommend it for opening pores, opening orifices and allowing steam from the bath to penetrate and for toxins to sweat away. A bath made of fresh peppermint and baking soda is a wonderful way to cleanse the body, both inside and out. Try these recipes and see how they work for you:

Mint Foot Bath with Massage Oil

This will reduce pain and inflammation in the feet and sweat away toxins that accumulate in the pores of the soles. Combined with a foot massage or acupressure on various points on the feet and you can find complete renewal of the body systems.


Mint Bath-
12 large sprigs of Fresh Mint
1/2 cup cold Water
10 cups Boiling Water

Massage Oil-
1 tbsp Almond Oil
1 drop Mint Essential Oil
Food Processor
Large Bowl or Pan
Small Glass Bottle with stopper
Small Glass Bowl


Place the Mint in the Food Processor and add the Cold Water. Process well until it becomes a green puree. Pour the puree into the Large Bowl or Pan and add the boiling water. Once the mixture has cooled to a tolerable temperature, soak both feet at once until the water cools.

Gently rub your feet dry. Mix the Almond Oil and the Mint Essential Oil in the small Glass Bowl. Using a pad, towel or just your hands, rub this oil quickly into your feet for soothing, invigorating relief.

If you like, mix up more of the Mint Massage Oil and bottle in the small Glass Bottle and stopper. Save for immediate use in the future. You can also make up the puree’ in advance and keep it in Tupperware in the refrigerator until ready to add it to boiling water again for a great soaking.

Bath Bags for Detox

These bags can be used in the bath for detoxing. Each one is made for a specific type of cleansing so make them as you need them. They can be hung from the bath spigot and allowed to dance in the hot water as the bath fills. Remember to make the water super hot as the bath fills and then allow to cool only to the point that you can stand it.. and then get right in.

Method of making each bag:

Depending upon your personal preference, you can make your bath bag from just about any material. It should be porous, however and not real thick. Unbleached Muslin, Nylon from used or left over pantyhose, Netting (tightly woven) or Cheesecloth are all ideal fabrics.

The method for making Bath Bags is always the same, it is only the Herbs that change in usage for their specific properties.

Cut out a square from the Nylon or the Muslin. It can be either 6″ x 6″ or 8″ x 8″ depending on how big of a bag you would like.

Lay out the square and load it with the Herbs. Wrap it up into a ball and tie the upper ends together with the string or ribbon. Use the string or ribbon to dangle the ball from the faucet.

Cleansing Bath Bag


3 parts Dandelion Leaves
3 parts Stinging Nettles
2 parts Blackcurrent Leaves
2 parts Scented Geranium Leaves
Nylon Pantyhose or Unbleached Muslin
String or Ribbon

Recharging Bath Bag


3 parts Marigold
3 parts Pennyroyal
2 parts grated Lovage Root
1 part Pine Needles

Aromatherapy Healing Bath Bag


2 parts fresh Rosemary
2 parts Lavender Flowers
2 parts fresh Peppermint Leaves
3 parts fresh Rose Petals
1 part Scented Geranium Petals

Use these bags as often as you like until you feel you’ve had enough. They will cleanse, rejuvenate and balance your body. The heat draws out toxins and the herbs bring balance, leaving you refreshed, rejuvenated, ready to really relax.

And then there is the time honored, old fashioned basic salt detox. You can make this mix up and store it over a long period of time and use it as needed. It is guaranteed to boost your detoxification and you should use it if you feel you need a strong remedy. It will also make you feel fresh, clean and silky smooth. Try it.

Basic Salt Soak Bath Formula

1 cup sea salts
2 cups baking soda
1 cup Epsom salts
1 to 2 tablespoons glycerin per bath

Combine the sea salts, baking soda, and Epsom salts in a bowl and stir them until blended. Add 1/4 cup to the bath while the tub is filling and make sure the water is really hot. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons glycerin just before entering the tub to keep your skin from drying out. The glycerin will make you feel like you’ve spent an hour lolling in moisturizer! Add herbs or essential oils that you like; I recommend Ginger, Peppermint, Eleuthra, Eucalyptus, Gentian or Violet. BUT REMEMBER THIS: Use with caution if you are really sick; ie, you have serious heart disease, very high blood pressure, diabetes or other conditions that might cause you to get faint, nauseous, dizzy or breathless.

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