If you haven't tried a detox bath yet then this blog is for YOU! There are SOOOOO many benefits to taking detox baths. Toxins are everywhere no matter how hard to try to avoid them! Detox baths are a great addition to your natural remedy routine but they are also a very powerful tool when you or your little ones are sick!
Check out this clip from Fox 8 News Cleveland! I was on last month talking about natural cold and flu remedies.
Ok so what is the deal behind these baths???
Our bodies are equipped with a natural detoxification system, pretty cool right? However sometimes our body needs a little help ridding itself of all the toxins we are exposed to, especially when we are sick. We are surrounded by toxins on a daily basis, from the air we breathe to chemicals in cleaning products and skincare products, even the food we eat. At the first sign of a cold we always do detox baths at our house!
Detox baths open your pores and removes toxins through the skin, helping your liver get a little break. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ?? Since your pores are open during a detox bath you should avoid soaps or body washes. When Anya or I take detox baths at home we don't use any soaps or shampoo. If you must use something please make sure it's natural. I suggest NYR ORGANICS BABY if you are looking for a natural product for your little ones.
Fights colds quickly
Rids your body of toxins
Helps you sleep better
Reduces stress levels and irritability
Improves focus and alertness (great for kids with ADHD)
I bet you can't wait to jump in the bath now and want to know how to do it?? Lets start with what you'll need!
Epsom Salts-We love the Soothing Touch Lavender Bath Salts.
Epsom salt is a powerful tool in home remedies, it has so many benefits. Epsom salt contains high levels of magnesium. Did you know that most Americans are deficient in magnesium?? Soaking in epsom salts can increase magnesium levels enough to skip the need for a magnesium supplement. Magnesium deficiencies can be devastating to the human body.
Epsom salts also have great healing properties, they been known to greatly reduce inflammation, and can also help heal the many bumps and bruises our little ones seem to constantly be covered in.
Baking Soda- Baking soda in my bath?!? YES!
A vast majority of our water supply contains chlorine. A recent study examined the higher-than-normal cases of asthma among swimmers, and found that it was due to their constant exposure to chlorine. In the 1990s, the EPA recognized that people absorb more chemicals, including chlorine, in their bath and shower water than when drinking water contaminated with the same substances.
Baking soda is very alkaline. You can read why it's important to keep your body at an alkaline state HERE
Adding baking soda to your bath will help alkanize the water and neutralize the chemicals, including chlorine
Bentonite clay is mined from weathered deposits of volcanic ash. When mixed with water, bentonite clay becomes negatively charged, like a magnet it attracts positively charged metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, bismuth, antimony, and barium. Many heavy metals are classified as cations, which means they carry a positive charge. Bentonite clay is very nutritional and contains components like magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and copper.
Bentonite clay’s properties can also attract viruses and bacteria. One study found that an active ingredient in bentonite clay can have a bactericidal-type effect on the bacteria that cause staph.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has SO many amazing health benefits! You can learn more about them HERE
Adding ACV into the bathwater can help balance the pH of the body and promote healing and give your kidneys a boost! It's great for anyone suffering from skin issues.
Essential Oils- I love using Lavender and Frankincense in our detox baths. I use Neal's Yard Remedies Oils! 100% Pure, Certified Organic, Fair Trade and Cruelty Free! When adding oils to your bath please remember that oil and water DON'T MIX so always mix your oils with your epsom salts or coconut oil BEFORE adding them to the bath! You can learn more about the oils I use HERE
Now that you have your ingredients it's bath time!
Fill the bathtub half way with warm water, I like a very hot bath but make sure it's not too hot for your littles!
Add 1/2 Cup ACV to the water, 1/4 Cup Bentonite Clay (make sure to remove any clumps), 1 Cup Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts for littles 60lb and under, 1 Cup Epsom Salts for kids 60lbs and over and 2 Cups Epsom Salts for adults. Add a few drops of your essential oils (remember to mix them into your salts or coconut oil first). Mix all ingredients together and you are ready to enjoy your bath!
Anya and I like to listen to calming music during our baths and I often keep her entertained with toys. Take a bath for at least 15-20 minutes. Your pores will open and allow your body extract the toxins first, and then start to absorb the minerals. Make sure children do not drink the water, magnesium has a laxative effect. A detox bath can make you very thirsty so make sure you stay hydrated and offer lots of water to your littles! Since magnesium promotes sleep these baths are great to do before bedtime!
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