detox bath with essential oil

When you think of a bath, most people will think about something they do to relax and unwind. But did you know that a bath can also be used to detox your body? By using essential oils in your bath, they can help to remove toxins from your skin.

In the busy world of today, people come in contact with an endless amount of impurities, toxins, poisons, pollutants, and other agents. These chemicals land on our skin, absorb into the fabrics we wear, and are breathed into our lungs. These toxins can build up over time and wreak havoc on our health. For example, they mimic estrogen and trick our body into thinking we are producing it. When in fact, we are not. This starts a vicious cycle that disrupts hormones which causes a whole slew of health problems.

As inevitable as this may seem, there are a few ways that we can reduce the exposure to these environmental impurities, and one of the simplest ways, is through taking a detox bath.

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What are the Benefits of a Detox Bath?

The goal of a detox bath is to help your body release toxins and regenerate its natural defenses. The benefits from taking a detox bath vary from person to person because everyone has different needs from the process.

The detox bath is a remedy for the body and the soul. It’s a way to get rid of everyday stress and feel refreshed. The use of essential oils will also help you clear your head and feel relaxed.

There are few benefits that come with a detox bath which you might not have thought about before:

  • It will help lower your risk of diseases
  • Improve skin tone after toxins have been removed from the skin
  • Promote longevity
  • Help you sleep better at night.

Taking a relaxing bath is one of the best ways to reduce stress, especially after a long day. Detox baths stimulate the evacuation of toxins from our body, and can also help reduce inflammation.

Detox Baths Relieve Stress

Bathing for cleanliness is only a small portion of the health benefits from this ancient
innovation and pastime.

For thousands of years, mankind has known that one of the most relaxing and soothing experiences that can be had is that of taking a warm, or hot

Heat loosens muscle tissues that have been clenched by stress, as many people subconsciously carry stress in shoulders, backs, legs, and neck muscles.

Detox Baths Stimulate the Evacuation of Toxins

In daily modern life, the most common position for people is sitting. This means that
toxins and other wastes can easily build up in the body causing blockages and other
unpleasant ailments.

In order to have a healthy body, it is important to work on clearing out your lymph system. One way this can be accomplished is through heating the body,
thus making it easier for the lymph system to flow more freely.

Detox Baths Reduce Inflammation

Due to the acidic content of modern foods, swelling or inflammation in adults has reached epidemic levels. A long soak in warm or hot water can provide some relief by greatly reducing inflammation in joints and other tissues.

A gentle, but firm rub while submerged can go a long way to improving circulation and arterial health.

Essential Oils to Use in a Detox Bath

There are many different essential oils that can be used in a detox bath. The key is finding the right one for your specific needs. Some people prefer to use eucalyptus or peppermint oil for their detox baths because they have antiseptic properties. Others prefer lavender oil because it offers a calming effect.

Here are some of the most popular essential oils that have been shown to have detoxifying properties:

Tea Tree Oil – This is a powerful oil with many benefits from skin care to boosting the immune system. It has strong antiseptic properties and can be used as an all-around disinfectant, cleaning agent, and deodorizer.

Lemon Essential Oil – The smell of lemon alone will make you feel refreshed, so it’s no surprise that this oil can also be used for cleansing purposes. Lemon essential oil is often incorporated into homemade cleaning solutions because it’s so effective at eliminating odors.

Lavender – The scent is calming and soothing as it relaxes your mind and body. It has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as a natural remedy for various ailments such as insomnia, nervous tension, headaches, rheumatism, acne etc. Lavender also has an anti-depressant effect which helps with anxiety disorders.

Eucalyptus – A favorite among those who have allergies because it is a natural source of fragrance and offers a cooling sensation. Eucalyptus can also help relieve sore or tender muscles.

Juniper Berry – One of the most valuable essential oils for aiding detoxification. It has an affinity with the urinary system and can also help ‘cleanse’ the mind and soothe stress related symptoms.

How to get started with your detox bath.

woman taking a diy detox bath with essential oils in a beautiful bathtub

In a detox bath, essential oils are added to hot water to create a relaxing environment. It helps with the detoxification of the body and mind by releasing toxins from the skin and respiratory system.

First off, the most important part of doing a detox bath, is that you have to be hydrated. If you are dehydrated, it will make it possible for you to be able to reap all of the benefits of the bath.

It’s important to be sure that your systems are hydrated enough to be influenced by the heat of the water. Drink plenty of water before your detox bath, and continue to drink lots of water after your bath to help the continued release of toxins.

Next, select your water additives. You can add Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, or anything else that may have benefits you are looking for.

I recommend Epsom salt because of it’s highly detoxifying benefits. I prefer unscented Epsom salt so that I can use my own essential oils and create my own scent.

There are many benefits of using Epsom salt in your detox bath.

Epsom salts are a natural mineral compound that can be found in the earth’s crust. Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which are two minerals that are essential for human health.

Epsom salt baths have been used for centuries to help people with aches and pains, sore muscles and skin irritations. Epsom salt baths are also used to detoxify the body from heavy metals and chemicals.

Epsom salts are the perfect way to relax and detoxify your body. They work by drawing toxins from the body through the skin.

Epsom salts are a natural, inexpensive, and easily accessible way to soothe your muscles, detoxify your body, and relieve stress. Epsom salt baths can help with a variety of conditions such as arthritis, muscle pain, soreness from exercise or injury, and emotional tension.

The benefits of epsom salt bath include improving immune function by increasing white blood cell count; reducing inflammation; improving circulation; relieving muscle pain and stiffness; decreasing stress levels; alleviating depression symptoms; improving moods; relieving headaches or migraines; reducing anxiety symptoms.

Benefits of Baking Soda in Your Detox Bath

Baking soda is a cheap, effective, and accessible way to detoxify the body. It helps to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn, as well as to cleanse the colon. It can also be used as a natural teeth whitener or deodorant and it has many other uses.

Baking soda is an excellent source of sodium bicarbonate which is necessary for digestion, blood pressure regulation and pH balance in the body. Bicarbonate ions are also important for brain function.

It is believed that baking soda helps detoxify the body because it has a pH level of 9, which is close to our skin’s pH level of 5.5-6.5. When baking soda reacts with water, it releases carbon dioxide bubbles that help remove toxins from our pores and also have a cleansing effect on our skin by removing dirt and oil from our pores.

DIY Detox Bath Recipe

quiet time calming detox bath with essential oils recipe with image of woman relaxing in bath
bathtub with flowers in it and wood tray with epsom salts, essential oils and crystals

Detox Bath with Essential Oils

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  • Mix together and sprinkle over warm bathwater. 
  • Swirl bathwater gently until dissolved


Can be cut in half and used as a foot soak.

image of bathtub with flowers in it and wood tray with epsom salts, essential oils, and crsytals for a detox bath

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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