This post is a part of the Detox Bath Series:

Why Your Toddler Should be Taking Detox Baths

How to Take Detox Baths for You and Your Toddler 


So two weeks ago I informed you what was in your bath water and why you and your toddlers need to take detox baths! But since there was SO much information I was unable to give you a bath salt recipe!! No fret, today I will share with you how to take a detox bath, so lets get started.

Mini anatomy lesson

There are many processes that help to detox our bodies. The liver can take a good amount of the credit because it’s primary function is to rid our bodies of toxins and metabolic waste by converting them to water-soluble compounds which can be eliminated through urine or converted to bile and eliminated through our bowels and even some toxins which may only be removed through our skin by sweating. However, there are many factors that don’t allow our amazing self-detoxing body to actually rid itself of all the toxins, and are instead housing themselves in our nerve cells and fat tissue. This happens because we live in a world where the majority of humans have a poor diet with lack of much needed nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals), lack of exercise and they douse themselves with chemical filled lotions, fragrant perfumes, alcohol burning acne creams, hair spray…ugh…you get my point.

Taking at least 2-3 detox baths a week helps flush out those toxins we’ve accumulated through our daily routines as well as regulating our magnesium levels (a mineral that many Americans are deficient in).

So how do we take a detox bath?

 These baths are great to take an hour before bed. We personally like to drink a big glass of berkey water and read a story before Ava has the chance to doze off. The magnesium in the epson salts promote a good night’s sleep for you and your kiddos!

Step One: run a very warm bath

make sure it’s not too hot for your little one, but hot enough to make you sweat! Plus a warmer bath is better for mineral absorption, because it opens up your pores.

Step Two: Rid the bath of Chlorine!

We have a few options:
there are shower heads and bath filters that can remove chlorine
however, you can also help neutralize the chlorine by using one of the options below:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • vitamin c powder (1 gram should suffice in a standard tub).

Step Three: Add the clay

  • mix 2 tbsp of Bentonite Clay, kaolinite, or moroccan clay (red clay) with water in a mason jar, screw lid on and shake. Pour into bath after chlorine has been neutralized.
  • Wait 15 minutes before entering tub – proven successful in absorption of fluoride
    • Aztec Secrets Bentonite Clay
    • Redmond Clay

Step Four: Add The remaining Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of Epson salts or Magnesium Flakes (2 cups if no toddler)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops of Organic High Quality therapeutic grade essential oils (Please see suggestions below)
    • calming and relaxation: lavender or roman chamomile, sweet orange, citrus begramia (Bergamot orange)
    • mother/toddler bonding: frankincense
    • immune boosting: wild orange
    • congestion: eucalyptus, or peppermint
    • fever: peppermint
    • stomach ache: peppermint
    • constipation: lemon or peppermint
    • nausea or stomach flu symptoms: ginger, peppermint
    • diaper rash or eczema: sandalwood, myrrh, lavender, rosemary or melaleuca. (tea tree)
Eucalyptus can give younger children seizures. PLEASE PLEASE test prior to pouring in the bath!

Step Five: Relax for 20 minutes

Light some candles, get a relaxing pandora station on, set timer to 20 minutes, and turn off the lights.
When in the bath make sure you and your little are immersed as much as you can in the water. We want our whole bodies to be benefiting from this.

  • Use caution when removing yourself from the bath tub, feelings of light-headedness might appear due to the heat of the water. Take it easy after your bath, and congratulations you just detoxed your bodies!
  • Do not let toddler drink water as the epson salts/magnesium flakes are a strong laxative if taken orally.


Notes while in the tub:

The detox bath opens your pores, so be sure not to use soaps, or chemical goos (like shampoo, conditioner, bubbles etc) You will be instead absorbing the magnesium and oils. Also take note that by getting your (or your toddler’s) hair wet, will bind with the coconut oil. This can either be left in as an overnight conditioner and washed out in the shower the next day or the hair can be left dry during the bath.

Notes for before & after:

Wait at least 30 minutes previously and following a detox bath before eating.
Drink a glass of water within 30 mins before AND after bathing to fully hydrate the body, assisting in the flushing out of toxins. We even bring a cold water with us in the bath!
Use the time after your bath to remain calm and rejuvenated. Go to sleep or read a book.

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Question of the Day:
What essential oil do/will you detox with?
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So glad you stopped by, I hope that this information has informed you as well as filling you with more questions to begin your very own path towards wellness.I want to thank you for reading today’s post and educating yourself on holistic health. Not only are you helping the planet but you are helping yourself and those around you truly heal. Living a healthy lifestyle takes some work but I promise you it’s 100% worth it!! I also want to mention that I am not a doctor and all the information given to you today is for information purposes only, please continue to educate yourself from other sources. Please read my disclaimer for more information. Be sure to share this post with your friends and family, like us on our social media platforms and subscribe to our newsletter for more topics on holistic living!


This post is a part of the Detox Bath Series:

Why Your Toddler Should be Taking Detox Baths

How to Take Detox Baths for You and Your Toddler 

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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