Homemade Detoxifying Baths

Detox & Cleanse Information, Healthy Livingon March 22, 20104 Comments

bthrm-contemp-tub-forefront-rsBaths are wonderfully healing, and it is easy to make your own homemade, detox baths.
When you sweat, the pores in your skin open, providing a clear path for toxins to get out. As a result, you may experience some detox effects such as flu or cold symptoms the next day. This is normal, so do not fret. Simply drink more liquids, and get through it. You want this to happen – if it doesn’t, it means toxins aren’t being rid of!
Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface, and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the skin. Epsom salts augment 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. Several of the formulas below are Dr. Hazel Parcells’ great work.
*Basic Salt Soak Bath Formula
Minerals and salts make the bath water feel silky and leave your skin cleansed and soft. This marvelous soak relaxes muscles, draws toxins from the body, and contains a natural sedative to help your nervous system relax and unwind. It is also a natural emollient and exfoliant–and it reduces swelling. All this in one simple formula!

  • 1 cup sea salts
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons glycerin per bath
  • 4 to 6 drop of essential oil of your choice

Combine the sea salts, baking soda, and Epsom salts in a bowl. Stir to blend. Pour 1/4 cup or so into the bath while the tub is filling. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons glycerin to keep your skin from drying out (more for dry skin, less for oily skin) and essential oils of choice. ( make enough for 16 baths-store the remainder in a glass jar)

Medicated Baths:

  1. Saline Bath –  Add 3-5 pounds of magnesium sulfate (salt or Epsom salt)  to a full tub of water.  Temperature – 95-97 F.  10-20 minutes.  Used to relax.  Cooler water and shorter time is more of a tonic.
  2. Soda bath – Add 1 pound of baking soda to full tub of water.  Temperature – 95-97 F 10-20 minutes. Alkaline.  Acts as a mild antiseptic, opens pores, relieves itching and skin irritation.  Good for skin conditions such as eczema, hives or insect bites.
  3. Starch Bath – Add 1 pound of dry corn starch to full tub of water.  Temperature – 95-97 F.  Acts as a cooling agent relieving skin irritations, itchiness from such conditions as poison ivy, poison oak, eczema and prickly heat.
  4. Epsom salt Bath – Add 1 cup to 1 pound of Epsom salt to full tub of water (30 gallons).  Temperature- as hot as can be tolerated for 10-20 minutes.  Increases perspiration, relieves muscular fatigue, aches and pains. Used to relieve pain of arthritis, sciatica. Also used to deter cold, flu, or other infection. Contraindicated for patients in weakened conditions such as heart trouble, arteriosclerosis, diabetes. Sip on a glass of warm water water mixed with 1/2tsp of salt.
  5. Detox Bath –  1-2 cups each of Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda.  Temperature – as hot as can be tolerated for 20-30 minutes.  Used to detoxify body after deep tissue work.  Used to neutralize or detox radiation exposure during air travel, dental exams, mammograms……Sip on a glass of warm water water mixed with 1/2tsp of salt and 1/2tsp of baking soda.
  6. Sulfur Bath –  Add 1-2 ounces of potassium sulfate to a full tub of water. Temperature – 95-102 F 10-20 minutes.  Can be relaxing or refreshing; increases perspiration, relieves breathing problems in asthma or bronchitis.
  7. Oatmeal Bath – 1-2 cups finely ground oatmeal to a full tub of water . Temperature – 95-97 F 15- 30 minutes.  Used to relieve skin irritations, relieves sunburn, chafing and windburn. (Maybe contraindicated if a wheat or gluten sensitivity or allergy
  8. Apple cider vinegar Bath – Use organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized  with “mother” in bottle from health food store.  I generally suggest Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar.  1-4 cups added to full bath.  Effective in detoxifying the body and treating vaginal yeast infections. Sip on a glass of warm water with 1TBS of organic apple cider vinegar.
  9. Ginger Bath– Use 1/8 cup of fresh ginger, grated or chopped. Mix with 1 cup or Epsom salt, and pour this mixture into a full tub of water as hot as you can stand. A ginger detox bath helps removes toxins out through your skin through sweating.
  10. Clorox  Bath– Pour 1 cup of Clorox bleach into hottest temperature you can tolerate. Get out of the tub when the water is cool. This bath helps detox from metal poisoning from cookware, dental amalgams, antacid, pesticide exposure and inhaled carbon monoxide.
  11. Baking Soda Bath– Add 2 pounds of baking soda into the hottest tub of water tolerated. Get out of the bath until the water is cool. This bath helps detox from food born bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella.

1. Using a vegetable brush, brush your skin, ensuring you brush it towards the heart.

2. Fill the bathtub with suggested water temperature and add the salts or formula as recommended for each bath.

4. Get into the bathtub and stay in for the recommended amount of time BUT no more than that.

5. You will be sweating a lot after just 15 minutes,  this is what you want! Rub your entire body clockwise, while remaining soaked in the hot water. Rub your stomach, breast, etc. Have some bottle water near you, so you will have something to drink in case you get thirsty!

6. Get out of the water after the recommended time and rub your body vigorously with a towel. Do so until you turn extremely red. Wrap yourself up into a towel, and get into bed, covering your body with a blanket or covers. You will find yourself sweating for a hour or so. Try to fall asleep. While you’re asleep, your body will be eliminating toxins through your skin.

Reminders: Do not apply any lotions/creams or powders into your skin prior to heading to bead.

Do not take more than 1 bath a day and do not mix baths!

About drheather
I have been practicing alongside my husband, Dr. Ralph S. Cardin, for the past 12 years and have worked in the health care environment for over 29 years. Besides being a passionate practitioner, I am a proud mother of four beautiful boys. I am active in my church and my children’s school and enjoy cooking and exercising.


4 Responses to “Homemade Detoxifying Baths”

  1. drheather says:

    Thanks you for your response Susanne,
    Chlorine bleach is used in pools to kill the algae and bacteria that would otherwise taint the pool water. Since it’s clearly safe to swim in a pool, it should be safe to soak in chlorinated bath water.
    The key is not to use too much bleach. If you make it too strong, it may affect your hair color or sting your eyes, just like overchlorinated pool water.
    I have found that a couple capfulls to a full tub doesn’t burn or sting, doesn’t appear to affect the color of my hair or my washcloths, yet the bathwater still has the unmistakable odor of bleach. The amount you can use depends on the size of your tub and the sensitivity of your skin.
    It doesn’t take much bleach to be effective; Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface sanitizing spray is only 0.0095% sodium hypochlorite, yet it claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria. Typical household laundry bleach is more than 600 times stronger.
    Dr. Heather

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_you_put_chlorine_bleach_in_bath_water#ixzz1lA5kZAWO

  2. kristin corder says:

    I’m taking the detox bath.. I have tried it twice and I’m not sweating at all. The water is as hot as I can stand. I’m using Epsom salt, baking soda and ginger. I don’t feel like I’m detoxing since I’m not sweating. The weird thing is that I sweat more than anyone I know. Am I doing something wrong?

  3. drheather says:

    The+ Espon salt is balancing your bodies pH. I would not expect you to sweat. The salt and ginger gently pull out toxins:)
    Enjoy the baths:)
    Dr. Heather

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