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Detox Bath

Detox Bath

I’d like to start making myself detoxifying baths. How do I do this?

Baths are wonderfully healing. Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface, and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the skin, according to Naturopath Dr. Hazel Parcells. 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.

Caution: Do not take hot baths and salt baths (including Epsom salt baths) if you have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or are diabetic.

Basic Salt Soak Bath Formula
Minerals and salts make the bath water feel silky and leave your skin cleansed and soft.

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. 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.

Preparation Time: 2 to 3 minutes
Shelf Life: Indefinite
Storage: Glass jar with a screw top

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:35AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Where do you get the glycerin? Is this necessary if you use lotion after?

5:55AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

thanks for sharing

10:00AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011


10:38AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Annie, thank you very much

10:37AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011


6:37AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thank you

12:41PM PST on Feb 11, 2011

Sounds wonderful -- I can hardly wait to get my bathtub hooked up!I know I always sleep better after a soak, too.

12:01PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

What a relaxing way to detox. Thanks for the information.

10:30AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Thanks for the "don't do If tip" I would never have considered it potentially harmful.

4:59AM PST on Dec 14, 2010


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