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How To Make The Best DIY Detox Bath Recipe


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I have a secret confession. I love a good relaxing bath.

Soaking in warm bath water with bubbles, a good book, candles, and relaxing music. I am HERE for all of it.

There is something completely rejuvenating about taking a bath, so I was pumped when I stumbled upon this perfect detox bath recipe. Getting a GOOD detox on while relaxing and enjoying one of my favorite alone time activities sounded like pure perfection. I am ALL for multi-tasking!

Before I dive into today’s blog post, let me share WHY you should take the time to sit around in hot water.

Image of woman relaxing in the tub for a detox bath
The perfect way to relax and Detox!

Health Benefits of a Detox Bath:

  • It eases stress and improves your sleep and concentration
  • Help nerves and muscles to function properly
  • It reduces inflammation hence reducing aches and soothing sore muscles
  • Gets rid of dead cells from the skin
  • To moisturize your dry skin
  • Provides relaxation
  • It helps to eliminate pollutants, heavy metals, and toxins from the body.
  • Helps with weight loss and weight management
  • Helps to activate and flush out the lymphatic system

*source natural healing

What is great about doing a detox bath is that it is a simple way to detox your body without drinking a concoction or taking anything. Using the right ingredients combined with hot water is one of the best ways to cleanse harmful toxins from your body.

The ingredients for this detox bath are simple and readily available at most grocery or health food stores, which makes this DIY Detox Bath Recipe:

  1. a keeper
  2. a winner

This truly is a super simple recipe, but I’ll walk you through the entire process, so you can feel confident you are mastering detox bath time like a champ! 

Photo of ingredients used in detox bath recipe magnesium flakes, lavender essential oil, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Sitting on the edge of a white tub.

Step 1: Water: Run the water like a regular bath, but make sure that the water is HOT, not burning but hot enough that you are a bit uncomfortable at first. Please do not burn your skin, so not that hot! The point is, you want the water to be hot enough to create a sauna effect so that you can sweat out toxins. 

Step 2: As the tub fills, add 1 cup of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate: Baking Soda will help balance your pH levels. It also acts as an antifungal to help ward off any bacteria or infections. The active ingredients in baking soda will help relieve tension and pain, promote perspiration, boost circulation and encourage healing.

Step 3:  Add 1 cup of Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate: Not only does Epsom salt help to draw out toxins, adding it to a hot bath helps to soothe sore and achy muscles from working out! {So, if you are feeling sore, this detox bath will help with that as well.} I always add cups of Epsom salt to my bath after long runs. Some other excellent benefits of Epsom salts include aiding in weight management, increased health, and relaxation.

Step 4: Add 10-15 Drops of your favorite essential oils – I like to add lavender oil. It makes my own detox bath super relaxing! Other great oils to consider include peppermint oil, ginger,

Step 5: Add 1 Cup Magnesium Flakes: {Added Bonus-Not required} 100% Pure Magnesium Chloride Flakes are an ideal natural bath additive for softening skin. Pure magnesium flakes have traditionally been used to improve skin hydration and make a soothing addition to bathwater. Immersing yourself in Magnesium water is an excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium is easily absorbable through the body’s pores. Magnesium is one of those minerals most of us are deficient in, so this healthy dose of magnesium via bath time is an easy way to help!

Step 6: Add 1 Cup Himalayan Pink Salt: There are so many Pink Himalayan salt benefits that you can take advantage of when using it as a part of a bath soak. It acts as a detoxifier, helping to draw out impurities. It leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and revived.

This is the base recipe, but feel free to church it up with some of these great homemade bath salts or add bentonite clay or apple cider vinegar to enhance your detox bath!

Image of various bath salt recipes for relaxation, cold therapies, and detoxification.
Take your detox to the next level with these beautiful homemade bath salt recipes

Here Are Some Amazing Homemade Bath Salts To Take Your Detox To The Next Level!

  1. Warming Chai Spice Bath Salts
  2. Pine Bath Salts for Natural Stress Relief
  3. Bath Salts for Sinus and Congestion Relief
  4. Peppermint Salt Bath
  5. Natural HOPS Bath Salts
  6. Mustard Bath Salts – Helps with sleep!
  7. Grapefruit Bath Salts
  8. Orange Bath Salts
  9. Embrace Your Inner Child with Rainbow Bath Salts
  10. Bath Salts To Clear Your Mind
  11. Rosemary Chamomile Detox Bath Salts
  12. Bath Salts with Essential Oils for Pain Relief
  13. Juniper Rose Bath Salts
  14. Ginger Bath Salts

Step 7: After adding all the above gently stir the water with your hand to make sure all ingredients have been blended. Then light some candles, play some soft music, read a good book, grab your tub pillow and soak for at least 20 minutes! The first 20 minutes will detox your body of toxins. I recommend an additional 15-20 minutes to maximize the effect of the minerals in this recipe.

Step 8: Do not skip this step. Make sure you drink plenty of water following your detox bath. This will help your body to continue to help flush out the toxins from your detox bath! So pretty, please continue the detox process and drink lots of water!

That’s all there is to this EASY DIY Detox Bath Recipe! I told you it was much easier than all the other crazy detoxes I have reviewed over the years! So Enjoy this gem!! Take this time to relax fully! Allow your mind to detox as well as your body! 

My detox baths have become one of the best parts of my week – I try to get in at least once a week. But in reality, sometimes having time to soak in the tub for 20-40 minutes doesn’t happen because… life. 

But when I do set aside the time, my body feels so relaxed and lighter! It is worth the investment of time! 

Have you tried a detox bath? What Essential Oils do you like to use? 

Don’t forget to take time for yourself and relax!

Much Love,

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


  1. This is genius! and I think I might try this bath once a week – sounds quite nice, especially with a really good book!

  2. wilhelmina says:

    This is fabulous! there is nothing better than a long rejuvenating soak in the tub!

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