A salt bath detox is one of the most ancient ways to cleanse the body.
It is believed that the combination of sweating plus bath salts and essential oils can eliminate toxins.
Moreover, a salt bath detox helps you absorb minerals and nutrients that can leave you feeling invigorated and revitalized.
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Natural Salt Bath Detox vs. Commercial Table Salt
When taking a salt bath detox it is very important that you used unrefined salt. Pure unadulterated salt is extremely high in minerals and trace elements including magnesium and potassium. Table or refined salt has all the trace elements removed. After processing, table salt is 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals (iodine & anti-caking agents). The salt is also dried at temperatures that reach over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. These high temperatures alter the salts entire natural chemical composition.
Some of the better salts are unrefined rock salt and sea salt. Most of these natural salts contain up to 90 minerals. A good way to tell if a salt is pure is by reading the ingredients. If the label says it contains sodium chloride, then you know it is NOT pure.
Special Salt Bath Detox Notes
If you have researched different recipes for a salt bath detox you will have discovered a wide variety of information. Some recipes on the Internet include ingredients that you should Never put into your bath. One of the most disturbing recipe ingredients is betonite. Now, I have a very long history with betonite clay. Here is my story:
I started doing research about the environment where my grandparents, dad and other relatives lived. This research was prompted by my father, aunt, and grandmother all getting Alzheimer’s. They didn’t have just a case of Dementia. They All had a bad case of Alzheimer’s that was debilitating and played havoc to their health!
In the same town, I also noticed that people in their twenties were having a lot of difficulty with short term memory. Well, I knew there was a betonite plant nearby. There was and still is a lot of betonite in the town’s soil. You can visually see the white clay on the surface of the ground. It is everywhere.!
For over 2 years I did intensive studies on what could be causing a high Alzheimer’s rate in the area. In my research, I discovered that betonite has a very high content of aluminum. When I researched the information (over 20 years ago), it was said that betonite contained 85% aluminum. Some researchers today say it contains 18% or more. Other studies say that betonite has over 95% aluminum. But I suppose it depends on the type of betonite.
Nonetheless, it still contains aluminum and I have seen the effects that it had on many people’s health including mentally and physically. Thank God I did not spend a lot of time in this town.
You may find that this is a very controversial subject when researching on the Internet. But anything that contains a heavy metal should never be consumed and definitely never put in a bath for a detox. The whole idea of a detox is to remove toxins from the body not add toxins.
Now there are also salt bath detox recipes that include hydrogen peroxide. Please keep in mind that peroxide can be very caustic to the skin. Some researchers also believe that peroxide can damage live skin cells. Personally, I have not done enough research through the years to give any advice on the element. Although I do know that hydrogen peroxide can be very unstable and even poisonous in high concentrations. So, I feel that it should not be added to a detox bath if in doubt.
And last, this article and recipe is not intended for diagnosis or to replace the advice of a qualified health professional. If in doubt, seek the advice of a specialist.
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 ½ cup pure sea or rock salt
- 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- 15-30 drops of essential oil (organic)
- 3 TBSP ground ginger (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a large ceramic bowl. Add essential oil if desired. Place bath salts in a sealed container
- Add 1 cup of bath salts to you tub. Draw your bath to the desired temperature. Use a chlorine or chemical filter if you have one
- Add fresh flowers if desired. Great healing flowers are roses, lavender, chamomile and calendula
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after the bath
- Light a few candles to set the mood for the ultimate relaxation
- Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes (40 minutes is best). Add more hot water if needed. If you feel too hot, add more cold water
- Avoid letting your hair land in the water. The salt can make it brittle and stiff
- Use a loofa sponge to scrub with. It removes unwanted dead cells and revitalizes the skin
- Get out of the tub immediately if you feel dizzy or unusual. You might be getting rid of toxins too quickly
- Dry brush your skin after the bath for additional benefits
- Enjoy, Relax & Rejuvenate!
Essential Oils for a Salt Bath Detox
Essential oils are great way to add additional benefits to a detox bath. They have numerous therapeutic properties and give you a wonderful spa like experience.
Depending on what you desire, you can use essential oils for relaxation, invigoration, cleansing the skin or for a deep breathing experience.
Here are a few essential oils that are great for a salt bath detox:
- Chamomile : Soothes and calms the nerves
- Fennel : Assists in elimination and digestion
- Cypress :Decongestant for the lymph nodes
- Juniper Berry: Anti-inflammatory and reduces anxiety
- Rose (Moroccan) : Reduces stress and stimulates the immune system
- Grapefruit: Increase lymphatic circulation and helps eliminate toxins
- Lemon : Helps with natural detox. Supports the liver, kidneys and blood circulation
- Geranium :Excellent for the skin. Stimulates the liver, kidneys and blood circulation
- Ginger : Improves circulation and detoxifies. Good for arthritis, muscle aches and pains
- Ylang Ylang : The flower of all flowers. Detoxes digestive and nervous system. Very relaxing and soothing
- Helichrysum : Anti-inflammatory & stimulates tissue restoration. Removes heavy metals from the body
Natural Salts for Salt Bath Detox
Natural Essential Oils for Salt Bath Detox