Our transition from 2015 to 2016 was very, very stressful.
Between leaving my widowed dad, moving across the entire country, living in a one bedroom apartment for 3 months in WINTER (<- didn’t exist California) and not knowing where we’d live until 2 weeks before our lease was up…
Well, stressful is a bit of an understatement.
I know I’m not the only one. You’ve moved 18 times in 20 years, have lost jobs, homes and bitten off more than you can chew. Couple this with how we as a society tend to cope with stress (i.e. not exercise regularly, overeat and choose junk food over healthy food) and it doesn’t take long before it makes a serious impact on our body.
Well I have a secret weapon my friends – a detox bath.
Why Should We Take a Detox Bath
I’m not trying to be melodramatic, but we live in a toxic world. There are pollutants in the air, toxins in our food and plastic in our face wash. Every day our bodies are hit with stress and toxins from all over the place. We can be careful in our own home, but all bets are off as soon as you step outside.
Just like drinking a detox smoothie, taking a detox bath is a simple yet effective way to help our body eliminate the toxins it accumulates. They’re incredibly easy to make and the benefits range from soft skin to improved muscle and nerve function to alleviating symptoms related to chronic illness and chronic pain.
Plus it’s a great way to take care of YOU! You wear so many hats and are responsible for so many things – taking care of yourself means being able to take better care of those you love.
How Does A Detox Bath Work
Water: Starting with hot water is what initially brings toxins to the surface of the skin. As the water cools, it pulls toxins from the body via osmosis.
Redmond Clay: Bentonite clay is highly regarded for its ability to absorb and draw out toxins from the body. It’s what helps to heal bug bites and stings on direct application, so think of this as a large-scale, slightly diluted application to your whole body.
A Note on Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is the act of taking a semi-stiff bristled brush and brushing your skin. It sounds weird, but it really makes a difference and it helps to exfoliate dry skin and unclog pores so the body can better eliminate toxins through the skin.
Choose a dry brush with natural bristles if at all possible, and one with a handle so you can reach your back and other difficult to reach places without contorting your body.
- Here’s the brush I’m currently using.
- Here’s one that’s similar, with a smaller handle.
- Here’s a delicate brush designed for the face.
- And here’s a great deal for all 3 of the above!
To dry brush, take your clothes off and stand in the shower. Using long strokes, start at your feet and brush towards your heart. You should brush each area of your body a few times (I do it 5-6 times) and overlap sections as you move to another section.
Your skin will turn a light pink as you brush, which is the goal. Brush lighter or use less strokes if your skin turns dark pink or red. You should also use less strokes in sensitive areas of the body and overall if it feels too harsh. Your skin will adjust the more often you dry brush.
Caution: Detox side effects are totally a real thing.
When testing various detox bath combinations, I bathed for two days in a row WHILE testing the detox smoothie recipe.
I spent the entire next day on the sofa watching nature shows and Worst Cooks in America on Netflix with my son. My nausea and raging headache were so bad that I seriously thought I caught the stomach bug he had – that is, until normalcy returned as I was making dinner.
It wasn’t until I started thinking back to what I had done differently in the past couple of days that I realized they were side effects from the detox baths!
Learn from my mistake and listen when I say to take it slow.
Start with just one 20 minute detox bath, once a week. If you don’t experience any negative side effects, add 10 minutes to your next bath. Gradually work your way up to a full 45 minute bath, and over time you can increase how often you take them too.
If you do experience side effects, try eliminating the bath altogether and just dry brush daily for a couple of weeks. Then add a 20 minute bath with just the salt. Then add the clay. Then increase the time. Then increase the frequency.
There’s no right or wrong way to take a detox bath, and it can be customized to fit you wherever you are in your natural living journey!
How to Take the Ultimate Detox Bath
- dry brush
- 2 cups epsom salt OR Redmond Bath Salt, or any combination of the two to reach 2 cups total
- 1/2 cup Redmond Clay
- 5-10 drops Purification essential oil** (optional)
- 2 glasses of water
** Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
- Drink a glass of water.
- Run a bath with hot water. Fill the tub up as high as needed to immerse as much of your body as you can.
- Meanwhile, combine the salt(s), clay and optional essential oils in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly with a non-metal spoon. Set aside.
- While the bath continues to fill, dry brush your body. This can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, so be mindful of the water filling up the tub!
- When the bath water is just about ready, pour the salt/clay mixture evenly throughout the tub. Get in the tub and while standing, use your feet to gently dissolve the mixture.
- Immerse as much of your body in the tub as you possibly can and sit for 20-45 minutes, depending on your personal comfort level (see notes on side effects above).
- When you’re done, dry off and drink another glass of water.
When You’re Done
When I finished my first detox bath, I felt SO GOOD! I was more relaxed than I had ever been and could have fallen asleep on the spot. My husband took the same bath and he had the opposite effect – he couldn’t fall asleep for hours!
Every person will react differently to a detox bath and there’s no way of predicting the outcome, so I recommend doing this on a Friday or Saturday night when you don’t have to be up crazy early the next day, just in case you’re more alert than relaxed.
He also felt lightheaded after his bath, where I didn’t after mine. Again, it’s totally normal, but it’s best to just relax while you drink that second glass of water. Keeping yourself hydrated is the best way to assist your body in the detox process and the lightheadedness will subside within a few minutes.
Note: I get asked all the time about the warning label on Redmond Clay. If you’ve ever wondered about the Proposition 65 or lead warnings on Redmond Clay, take a look at this information!