When you actually have a moment (and the bathroom) to yourself with some time to unwind, the idea of a nice good relaxing soak probably comes as a cure-all for all your busy schedule’s woes. Instead of a lukewarm and faintly frothy stew, wouldn’t you rather your bath be a truly spa-like cocktail of all the most relaxing ingredients?
Carving out alone time to de-stress, unwind, and meditate in our busy schedule can be tough. Balancing family, work, and relationship obligations leaves little time to “indulge.” But allowing our bodies (and minds!) time to rest and rid themselves of toxins is essential to staying healthy. After all, if you’re not feeling your best, you can’t give anything — or anyone else — 100 percent.
Toxins are poisonous substances that negatively affect our health. We expose ourselves to toxins on a daily basis, from sources like pollution, processed foods, and pesticides. And when we don’t release these toxins, it’s reflected in our health and the way we feel throughout the day. That’s why I’m such a fan of detox baths.
Detox Bath Benefits Clawfoot Bathtub
While there are many ways to detox, one of the easiest and most relaxing is through a detox bath. The best part? They’re insanely easy to make at home. You’ll get all the benefits you’d find in a high-end spa bath at a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your own home.
Using essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with common household items like baking soda, Epsom salts and honey can help flush impurities from the body by allowing it to sweat out toxins.
Ready to try your own detox bath? Try one of these 10 homemade recipes. They’ll help your body get back into tip-top shape in no time. I recommend doing a bath for about 40 minutes to an hour for best results. The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 to 40 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated. Make sure to use hot water — it’ll help you sweat out impurities.
Bonus: Make a homemade present out of each of these recipes. Store the ingredients in a mason jar, add a personalized label, and give to family and friends for a homemade gift they’ll love.
1. DIY Bath Bomb Recipe with Wild Orange and Rose Oils
While those conventional bath bombs are loaded with chemicals, you can make your very own DIY bath bomb recipe easily at home. Even better, you can tailor them to your needs by using certain benefit-rich essential oils.
Here wild orange and rose essential oils are used. Wild orange is very uplifting to the body and mind, while rose essential oil can help with depression and anxiety.
2. DIY Eucalyptus and Vanilla Bath Salts
Especially perfect around the holiday season, these vanilla and bath salts are ridiculously easy to prepare and will leave you feeling relaxed, moisturized, and at ease. This recipe uses baking soda in addition to eucalyptus oil and Epsom salts, helping relieve dry, itchy winter skin while detoxing.
3. Ginger Detox Bath + Body Scrub
If you’re looking for a new way to incorporate ginger into your routine, this detox bath is a great option. Not only does ginger help with indigestion and nausea, it promotes regular digestion and helps alleviate bacterial infections. This super simple scrub recipe requires only fresh ginger, Epsom salts,and lemon, but it’s powerful — and leave you with silky skin! Try sipping on ginger tea beforehand to really enhance the effects.
4. Homemade Back Pain Bath Salts
The staple of detox baths, Epsom salts hold their own in nourishing benefits. Because of its high magnesium and sulfate contents, Epsom salts help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation. Combined with a variety of essential oils — this recipe uses peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, and cinnamon — and dried herbs and flowers, your body and mind will both thank you.
5. Calming and Detoxing Bath Salts
This soothing mix combines dead sea salts (you can find these at natural health food stores, but if you can’t track it down, feel free to eliminate; you’ll still get great results); Epsom salts, which are loaded with magnesium; mineral-rich real salt; detoxifying bentonite clay; and lavender and frankincense essential oils. Lavender will help calm and relax your mind and body, while frankincense helps ease anxiety. The result is a deliciously relaxing bath.
6. Homemade Lemon Rosemary Bath Salts
Fresh rosemary, lemon essential oil and fresh lemon zest make these bath salts a great-smelling to detox and refresh at the same time. Plus, rosemary oil has its own special powers: it helps improve memory, ease the digestive system, and relieve aches and pains in your muscles.
7. Homemade Milk Bath
Powdered milk is the secret ingredient in this easy, 3-ingredient milk bath detox recipe — use powdered coconut milk for an even better-smelling version. Add your favorite essential oil for added benefits and yummy scents.
8. Lavender Detox Bath Recipe
Lavender oil is a great all-around essential oil. Its soothing fragrance helps relieve anxiety and stress, it can help lull you to sleep, and even improves eczema and psoriasis. This lavender detox bath incorporates all these benefits into one handy bath recipe. Best of all, it only requires three ingredients.
9. Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Soak
Eucalyptus oil has a variety of health benefits: it helps fight colds, respiratory problems, and the flu; treats sinus and allergy symptoms; and has antimicrobial symptoms. Enjoy its therapeutic benefits in this eucalyptus and lavender soak. Draw this bath on a cold day when you have the sniffles; with just four ingredients, it’s perfect for an evening pick-me-up.
When you’re suffering from a nasty bout of seasonal eczema or itchy dry skin, oatmeal is your savior. Keep reading to learn more about salt detox bath instructions.
Nothing is more relaxing than a warm bath… except perhaps a relaxing warm detox bath that also helps cleanse the body…
Seriously — these detox baths will help remove toxins from the body and they also tend to make you tired so I suggest doing them before bed!
If you struggle with toxins or skin issues these natural recipes are a simple, easy, and inexpensive way to boost health! I’m always up for a warm bath, and these natural add-ons help improve health while you relax!
Salt Detox Bath Recipe
¼ cup sea salt or Himalayan salt
¼ cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
favorite essential oils if desired (I use 10 drops of peppermint or lavender)
Salt Detox Bath Instructions
Dissolve salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda in boiling water in a quart size jar and set aside. Fill tub with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mixture in and add essential oils if using.
Soak in bath for 30 minutes or as long as desired. Note that with any detox bath, you may feel tired or lightheaded when you get out. I don’t recommend doing this while home alone or before going somewhere in case you are tired or need help.
This bath is great for soothing skin irritation, boosting magnesium levels, and overall detoxing.
Three Healing Detox Bath Recipes
Clay Detox Bath Recipe
½ cup bentonite clay
½ cup Epsom salts
essential oils if desired
Clay Detox Bath Instructions
Dissolve the Epsom salts in a warm/hot bath and add essential oils if desired. For the clay there are two options:
Vigorously mix the clay in to a small amount of water until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Do not use metal for this! I mix with a plastic spoon in a glass jar. Add the clay mix to the bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Mix that clay with a small amount of water to make a paste. Stand in the tub full of water and rub the clay mix all over your body to create a skin mask and let dry for 5 minutes before sitting down. This provides direct contact with the skin and effectively pulls toxins from the skin. Soak in bath at least 20 minutes or as long as desired. While soaking, use a wash cloth to scrub any remaining clay off the skin.
This bath is great for removing a lot of toxins as the clay binds to heavy metals and the Epsom salts help pull a variety of toxins from the body while replenishing magnesium levels.
Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe
This bath is especially helpful during illness as the ginger helps clear congestion or alleviate body aches. It can also be helpful for allergies or skin irritation.
2 cups (or more) hydrogen peroxide
1 TBSP dried ground ginger
Oxygen Detox Bath Instructions
Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried ginger.
Soak in tub for 30 minutes or as long as desired.
Vinegar Detox Bath Recipe
This is an excellent bath for soothing skin problems since vinegar balances the skin’s pH. While I don’t love the smell of vinegar, if anyone in the family has sunburn, eczema, dandruff, or dry itchy skin we take a vinegar bath.
Apple cider vinegar has a whole host of benefits, and I find it helps not only my skin but leaves me with soft skin and shiny hair as well.
Vinegar Bath Instructions
Once or twice a week, I fill a tub with warm to hot water and add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
I soak for 20-30 minutes, using a washcloth to clean my face and making sure to get my hair wet as well.
After bathing, I rinse off in a cool shower, though some sources recommend letting the vinegar water dry on the skin.
Mustard Detox Bath Recipe
I know, I’ve lost my mind right? If it helps, I’m talking about organic mustard powder, not the yellow stuff in a bottle! Ancient cultures often used this spice in preparations to soothe colds, flus, and sore muscles, thanks to its circulation-stimulating properties.
Magnesium and essential oils make this bath both detoxifying and aromatic.
Mustard Bath Instructions
I use this recipe which uses organic mustard powder, epsom salts, and a mix of essential oils.
Additional Detox Bath Notes
The warmer the water, the more powerful the detox effect will be.
If you have chlorine and fluoride in your water, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of bentonite clay to any of these baths to help absorb the chemicals so they aren’t absorbed into the skin. Here are some other ways to reduce chemicals in bath water as well.
Any of these natural ingredients can be used alone or in combination for a cleansing effect.
All recipes can be doubled or tripled but this will increase the detox effect.