Super Detoxing Bath Soak

Detox Bath salts

Do I have an exciting article for you!  I have been pouring over research on the benefits of taking baths with salts.   Seriously-Epsom salt, where have you been all my life??   The main benefit for salt baths is DETOX.  I’m all about detox.  Most people are full of toxins due to eating processed food, chemicals in cosmetics and household products and lack of healthy habits like exercise and drinking water.  Toxin build up can really tax the immune system and organ function.  On a superficial level, toxins rear their ugly heads through cellulite, acne, puffiness and even skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rashes.  Of course we should all eat better, drink more water, exercise and cut down our exposure to chemicals to rid our bodies of toxins, but that’s all easier said then done.  How about we commit to taking 2-3 salt baths a week?  That’s an easy commitment if you ask me!

The skin is our largest organ.  It’s function is to absorb, filter and deliver.  The skin is the window to our internal health.  When someone suffers from skin conditions that is a sign that something is wrong internally.   Our skin comes in contact with everything.  That’s why detoxing is so very important.

There are two popular options for salt baths-Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt.  There are a few differences between the two.  Epsom salt is very easy to find.  You can find it in the pharmacy section of any store.  The salt usually comes in a milk carton and is very inexpensive.  The  two main minerals in Epsom salt are calcium and magnesium.  Himalayan salt is a bit harder to find and more expensive.  This is because it contains 82 other nutrients besides the ones found in Epsom salt.  Himalayan salt is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.  Himalayan salt produces negative ions.  When these ions heat up they attach to positively charged ions in the air such as pollutants, dust, allergens and bacteria and neutralize them.  Hence, Salt lamps.  Himalayan salt is known to reduce inflammation which is so helpful for those suffering from arthritis or muscle soreness.

Bath salts contains magnesium, sulfate, potassium, calcium, bromide, and of course, sodium.  All these minerals are extremely beneficial to our bodies.  These minerals are easily absorbed through our skin and can actually detox and support our bodies on a molecular level.   When we think of organs that detoxify our systems, the liver, kidneys and the gut first come to mind, but did you know the skin is a detoxifying organ?  Salt baths encourage the skin to pull toxins out of the body and excrete them through the skin.   Epson salt is full of magnesium.  Most people are deficient in magnesium and this leads to toxin build up, constipation, low energy and even stress.  Raising magnesium levels is one of the biggest benefits of taking salt baths.

Benefits of taking a Salt Bath

  • Promote relaxation
  • Promote better sleep
  • Relieve water retention
  • Soothe sore muscles
  • Balance skin
  • Increase circulation
  • Accelerate wound healing
  • Improve skin hydration

On a purely visual level-Espom salt can greatly improve the appearance of skin.  Taking a warm bath opens the pores, allowing the minerals in the bath to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Bathing in a solution of warm water and bath salts will work to draw out impurities, pollution, oil and dirt from the skin. Bath salts can even be an effective anti aging tool!  Regular salt baths can decrease the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin and balancing moisture.

Salt Bath Detox

Now, let’s talk about adding essential oils to our salt bath!  You can add essential oils to the salts to boost the efficacy of whatever issue you are aiming at.

  • Lavender-relaxation
  • Peppermint-sore achy muscles and joints
  • Eucalyptus-congestion and cold symptoms
  • Citrus oils-strengthen capillaries, tighten skin and reduce water retention in cells. They increase circulation and prevent lymph accumulation.
  • Juniper and rosemary oils-increase circulation and decongests sluggish and under active tissues
  • Grapefruit oil-cellulite

Find organic essential oils HERE.

Now, enough with the facts-let’s figure out how to put this easy detox into action!

Salt Soak Recipe

1-2 cups Epsom salt (find it HERE)

1/2 cup pink Himalayan or sea salt (find it HERE)

10-15 drops essential oils (find them HERE)

Tips and Instructions:

  • Pour the above ingredients into warm/hot running bath water.  Hop in and soak. Typically a good detoxifying bath should be anywhere from 20-40 minutes.
  • Many people sweat profusely during their detox bath-this is exciting-this is the toxins coming out!  I’ve found that keeping a cold wash cloth close to place on your forehead helps immensely.
  • Now, your body will be working hard so when your soak is done, take great care when getting out of the tub.  You very likely will feel very tired.  Having 2 active children, I have to take my baths once they are in bed.  Otherwise, they’ll be on their own.  I kid.
  • Be sure to bring a large amount of cold water (add some lemon oil for further detox) to drink while in the tub.  Even though you will be excreting toxins through the skin, you also want to replenish your body and keep the toxins flowing out of your body.

xx, Jenni

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42 Comments

  1. Samantha
    February 21, 2014 / 9:33 am

    I knew about epsom salt and magnesium deficiency. Having fibromyalgia it’s usually my fist go to, though I do foot baths. Going to look into the pink salt. It really interest me as I have the type of Rosacea the increases the nose and deforms the face. I’ve read epsom sakt can help but the pink Himalayan salt sounds like it might work a bit better for Rosacea and help when I do my foot baths. Thanks!

    • Cathy
      September 13, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      I have suffered from deforming, painful Rosacea since college. Recently I learned that I was allergic to night shade plants (chocolate, tomatoes, potatoes, chilis…) once these were eliminated from my diet my face began to clear up immediately and the painful breakouts stopped. I have been binge-ing on potato products this week and the breakouts returned along with joint pain. Looking forward to a detox and salt soak!

      • September 17, 2015 / 8:50 am

        Cathy-That’s interesting-Thank goodness you found out what was upsetting your body-Did you take a food allergy test? I so need to do this! Enjoy your soak!

  2. Cristi
    February 24, 2014 / 11:13 am

    Do you know if this Epsom salt and Pink Himalayan salt detox bath is safe while breastfeeding? Thanks!!

    • February 24, 2014 / 3:40 pm

      Cristi-I have heard that it is safer to use sea salt when nursing rather than Epsom. I think it’s a great idea to detox during nursing. Thanks!

  3. John Doe
    January 9, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Can you tell me what research you found on the benefits of taking baths with salts. I am curious about it because my wife is doing a detox and I am trying to convince her that Epsom Salt or Sea Salts would help. She doesn’t think that they work (she is in the medical field and believes in what can be proven scientifically). Can you point me in the right direction.

    Thanks

    • A.B.
      September 13, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Check out the Magnesium Advocacy Group on FB or online!

    • Joan Kyte
      November 1, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Might I suggest obecalp for dextox baths?

      • Tom
        March 24, 2017 / 9:55 pm

        Cute, Joan, but I’ve used Epsom salts in baths for some time and believe the baths effective in relieving stress, among other benefits. I shall be incorporating some Himalayan salts this week. So, placebo it isn’t.

  4. phyllis mims
    March 2, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    what can i doing? my skin is itchy and swollen. Any suggestions for a pulling rash?

    • March 3, 2015 / 8:15 am

      Phyllis-Are you having a reaction to a salt bath? Or just having a rash? Coconut oil is always a great idea-it is anti fungal and healing. You could add lavender as well for added soothing. Peppermint essential oil helps with itch relief too. Good luck!

  5. A.B.
    September 13, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Some people have problems bathing with Epsom salts (a reaction to the sulfate). Another option is magnesium chloride flakes. Not as cheap as Epsom, but probably not as cost prohibitive as Himalayan. 🙂

  6. Leslie
    December 8, 2015 / 9:53 am

    You pour the entire recipe above in a bath at once? it seems like a lot. I was going to give this as a gift and wanted to put instructions on the tag. Do I tell them to use the entire jar?

    Thanks!

  7. lisa
    December 22, 2015 / 7:00 am

    thank you for posting..
    I love to add salts to my shower.. I put the plug in.. throw in salts & so even if I have no time for a bath.. I am getting some salt benefits.
    Being in a cold , dry climate . wondering if I should shower off after a long soak bath.. ?
    I do , but wondering if others think it’s necessary ?

    Might be a good time to do the Coconut Oil pulling .. 20 min also . 🙂
    thanks again
    Lisa

  8. Elise
    April 7, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Going on a strict vegan lifestyle has improved the appearance of my cellulite a lot. Although I ate sea food before becoming vegan. Also, my life style has changed from having pizza face acne to clear skin. But yay, the bath salts with essential oil had made my skin look better thus far.

    • Jenni
      Author
      April 10, 2016 / 12:52 pm

      Elise-that’s interesting-It is so much of the food we eat. I’m learning daily about which foods effect my body in a negative way. I haven’t gone vegan but that could be coming. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Tammy
    April 16, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    I just purchased pink himalayan salt and used in a salt bath. After draining the tub i was left with reddish pink staining in my tub. Is this normal or did i receive an altered product?

    • Jenni
      Author
      April 19, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Tammy-That’s not normal I don’t think. I mix my Pink Himalayan Salt with epsom salt to save money so I haven’t had this issue but I don’t think this is normal. Could anyone else weigh in on this?

      • May 22, 2016 / 8:35 am

        I use Hiimalayan pink salt all the time in the tub and have never had any staining in the tub.

    • Milo Orange
      January 13, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      The salt you purchased was likely dyed to turn pink, and be sold as Himalayan Pink Salt.

  10. Jasmine King
    November 24, 2016 / 7:31 am

    It was such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using minerals rich dead sea from long and its really effective. SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Dead Sea Salt Muscle Relief Mineral Soak is formulated using natural ingredients like Coconut, hibiscus and aromatic extracts of plants.

  11. Amber
    January 2, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Hi!! Would you mind if I linked this blog on my Etsy shop? I am considering adding bath products to my repotoire be I feel like this is a great resource!!

    • Jenni
      Author
      January 5, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Hi Amber-I would be totally fine with that!! Good luck!

  12. Pam
    January 8, 2017 / 9:51 am

    How often should you do a salt bath. Can you over do it.

    • Jenni
      Author
      January 10, 2017 / 12:48 pm

      Pam-I have a friend that does it nightly. I think once a day is the most you should do it but I’m lucky if I get once a week!

  13. Tiffany
    May 30, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    The link for the Himalayan salt that you posted is for fine salt. I have been wanting to make bath salts, and had the idea that one would use coarser salt for this. But maybe coarse salt takes longer to dissolve in the water.
    What is your reasoning for choosing the fine Himalayan salt?

    • Jenni
      Author
      June 2, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Tiffany-You’re right-I didn’t mean to post fine salt. For baths, course salt is better but fine salt won’t hurt.

  14. Ashley Hoff
    June 29, 2017 / 12:50 am

    You guys do know that there is a $6.00 bag of Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak with Pure Epsom Salt & essential oils at your local convenience store. I got one at Kroger. It’s literally Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt mixed together for a low price of $6.00.

    • Ashley Hoff
      June 29, 2017 / 12:53 am

      It says on the bag that it is a new product and I and about to try it out right now.

  15. Chris
    July 24, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Thank you for the article. I use Epsom salts in my baths every day and I think I’ll add some Dead Sea or Himalayan to extend the mineral profile.

    One thing you said does worry me though: “Be sure to bring a large amount of cold water (add some lemon oil for further detox) to drink while in the tub.”

    I hope you are not using undiluted essential oil of lemon in your drinking water. Ingestion of any pure essential oil is risky, and lemon is so corrosive I would never ingest it – its therapeutic uses are in very low concentration for external use and as a cleaning/antiseptic agent.

    https://www.aromatics.com/products/essential-oils/lemon
    http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/the-case-for-ingestion-is-ingesting-essential-oils-safe/

    • Mary
      December 11, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are fine to ingest — but I would ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils if ingesting. I would never trust any other essential oil company! I ingest many of YL’s oils and know many others who do more often than I do. YL lemon oil is from the rind of the lemon, not the inside of the lemon.

  16. February 25, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Nice article. Well I didn’t know about using Himalayan salt for skin, though I have been using edible Himalayan salt in cooking for quite a long time now. This salt is really amazing and I am definitely going to try this for my skin as well. Recently I have also bought Himalayan salt lamps from ittefaqco. These lamps are also very good just like the edible salt.

  17. March 28, 2018 / 12:14 am

    Love these posts. I use both salts for years now. They work also on soothing bug bites while soaking. It’s almost that time of the year. Add baking sofa and vinegar and see what happens to your skin. Zija has certified edible essential oil products. I use them all the time, in teas, water combos. I love grapefruit or lime in my water glass. The aroma and taste are so relaxing to me. Changed my mood instantly.
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  18. March 31, 2018 / 5:17 pm

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  19. SC Mak
    October 24, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing this post.

    Your recipe calls for pink Himalayan or sea salt. Can I use both pink Himalayan AND sea salt?
    So there will be 3 types of salt – Epsom, Himalayan and sea salt.

    Thanks!

    • Jenni
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 8:18 am

      You’re welcome-Of course-add away! That would make a nice detoxing bath!!

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