I can hear you now, through my computer screen: “Detox bath? Isn’t that what they do at the Betty Ford clinic? What the heck would a kid need to detox from?”
Toxins are chemicals or poisons that have harmful effects on the body. They are in food and water, from chemicals in our soaps, lotions, or food, in medicines, and even in the air.
Your body gets rid of toxins by filtering all your blood through your liver. The liver collects toxins and transforms them into compounds that exit your body…in the bathroom. (That’s a polite way to phrase it–right, Mom?) Many other organs are involved as well, including your skin, lungs and kidneys.
These are your body’s natural methods of detox when you are in good health. Your body’s systems are effective and efficient until they are overloaded with toxins–then TILT!
Signs of toxin overload
Your body stores excess toxins in the liver, fat cells, brain cells, and nerve cells. This overload manifests in many ways:
- muscle and joint pain
- flu-like symptoms
- allergic reactions, including hives, stuffy or runny nose
- sneezing and coughing
Moms, do any of these sound familiar? When I learned this, those toddler tantrums and growing pains meant something completely different to me. Maybe Little Miss Grumpypants needs to detox!
The detox bath
Warm and soothing, detox baths help draw toxins out through the skin and ease the burden on the liver. They work great for kids and grownups alike!
A few points to note:
- The detox bath is designed to open the skin’s pores, so don’t use harsh, chemical soaps. A natural, unscented castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s is perfect.
- If your water isn’t filtered, then it probably contains chlorine, trace amounts of medicines, and who knows what else. You don’t want to absorb that gunk while your pores are open, so neutralize it by adding 1 teaspoon of Vitamin C powder or ¼ cup natural baking soda to the bathwater.
- When I talk about essential oils below, I mean top quality, therapeutic-grade oils. I don’t recommend purchasing any other kind. Click here to see which oils I recommend.
- All of these recipes are for a full bathtub. If you’re only filling the tub halfway, adjust the amounts accordingly.
Kids: 4 drops Protective blend and up to ½ cup epsom salt
Adults: up to 10 drops Protective blend and up to 2 cups epsom salt
Toddler Tantrum Tamer
Kids: 4 drops Lavender essential oil and up to ½ cup epsom salt
Colds or Congestion
Kids: 4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil OR Respiratory blend (not both) and up to ½ cup epsom salt
Adults: up to 10 drops Eucalyptus OR Breathe and up to 2 cups epsom salt
Kids: 4 drops Digestive blend and up to ½ cup epsom salt
Kids: 2 drops Marjoram essential oil and up to ½ cup epsom salt
Soak for 15-20 minutes in the tub, and drink lots of water afterward.
Next time you’re faced with sick or grumpy kids, send ’em to the bath! Which one will you try first?