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


Tiffany B.
Tiffany B5 years ago

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

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago


Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago

Annie, thank you very much

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Laurita Walters
Laurita Walters7 years ago

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

Bo Tipton
Bo Tipton7 years ago

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

Lady Kaira
None None7 years ago

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

Patrick Whyte
Patrick Whyte7 years ago