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How To Detox In Your Bathtub
It seems everyone is interesting in knowing how to detoxify their bodies these days and I personally think that’s a good thing, because we live in an increasingly toxic world. Today’s article will give you a great recipe showing you how to detox in your bathtub.
Toxins In Our Environment
Our bodies are subject to more toxins than ever before. Toxins are in the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, the medications we take, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, the cosmetics we use, the unfiltered water we drink, our mercury dental fillings, even aluminum cookware.
Toxins can cause irritation, inflammation and destruction to the tissues of our bodies. Even though your body does much detoxification work all by itself – it has many ways of removing and metabolizing these dangerous compounds – the ability of the body to repair itself is not endless and you will doubtless be aware of this if you have had breast cancer.
So I believe that the more we can do to support the various systems of our body, by way of something as simple as taking a very particular kind of bath, the better!
There are many different kinds of detox baths out there – just Google “detox bath” and you’ll find them. Here’s the one I recommend because of its wonderful healing effects.
How To Prepare Your Detox Bath
Hot water will help detoxify as it opens the pores of your skin. Keep a glass of water close by as well as a washcloth, this bath will make you sweat. Drink some water while you are running the bath too. As the water is running, add the following:
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda (especially if your water is not filtered)
1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
½ cup bentonite clay
10 drops of medicinal quality essential oils
Soak for as long as you wish. Finish by rinsing yourself with a cool shower for 5 minutes to wash away all excreted body toxins, clay, and to close the pores of your skin. Please follow up with at least 2 glass of filtered water in the hours following. You will be amazed at how good you feel afterwards!
Why these particular ingredients? Here’s a bit more information on each one.
Epsom salts – or magnesium sulphate – is wonderful for so many things. They help to ease stress and improve sleep and concentration, helps muscles and nerves to function properly, reduces inflammation thus relieving pain and muscle cramps, helps to flush toxins out of the body, improves absorption of nutrients, even help to prevent or ease migraine headaches. The best and cheapest place to obtain Epsom salts is at your local large animal supply store – they give Epsom salts to horses when they are not well. Otherwise, here’s a good one from Amazon.
Baking soda – something as simple as baking soda helps neutralize the chemicals in the water – primarily chlorine – as well as helping to increase mineral absorption.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – kills bad bacteria, is a natural anti-fungal and anti-viral, it is excellent for helping to balance the pH of your skin, helps to detox your liver, ease leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. Taken internally, ACV has many other health benefits as well.
Bentonite Clay – a naturally-forming clay which magnetically pulls toxins, heavy metals and wastes from the body. It will make the water look a bit muddy, but don’t worry about that, mix it in. Here’s a good one at Amazon.
Essential Oils – besides filling your bath with a wonderful aroma, the careful choice and addition of essential oils to your bath can help you with a variety of ailments, from stress and exhaustion to acne to a migraine headache. The use of essential oils takes the bath from being merely therapeutic to being targeted for your particular problems. For detoxification purposes, helichrysum, geranium, cardamom, ruta, vetiver and cumin seed oil may possibly be heavy metal chelators, although there is a general lack of research proving that to be fact. I include them here because traditional use of these particular oils indicates their usefulness for detoxing and possibly chelating.
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I love this idea! Im also cirious about using my ionic detox machine…. but back to this bath! Do you think the vitamin shoppe or Gnc has this? I hate waiting on shipments! This sounds amazing! Also Is this clay good to leave on skin? Considering making a foundation out of it!!! Thanks
Most of the ingredients should be available at your local health food shop, or at Amazon. No, you would not leave the clay on your skin. It looks like a mud mask and would be most unattractive! Thanks for your interest and let me know if I can assist you further.
Marnie, it’s amazing how much knowledge you have regarding breast CANCER, a blessing that you share, and wonderful information to read and learn about. Simply….thank you.
Thanks for your message, I appreciate that so much. I’m glad to know that I have helped you in some small way. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
I have raised nails due to the taxol and have lost 2 toe nails so far, I’ve heard that hot water is bad for them, if I keep my toes and fingernails out of the water would that be ok? I miss baths so much and have to take quick showers 😢 though I did take one monday!
Ouch! That sounds really uncomfortable. Darn that Taxol! I’ve never heard that hot water is bad for raised nails, it seems to me you’d want to keep the area nice and clean and that hot water would be soothing. I’m sure you do miss baths – by all means, go have a hot bath. you’ll feel better, I’m sure. If your nails are going to come off, they’re going to come off.
Marnie, thank you soo much for all that you do for all of us struggling to not only survive but LIVE.
Could you tell me which brand of Bentonite Clay to use and where to get it? There does not seem to be a link to click on after it says, “Here is a good supplier”.
I have updated the link for the bentonite clay now – hopefully it will work for you. If not, try to view the link on a desktop or tablet style computer.
I have completed my last chemotherapy infusion 6 weeks ago. I feel I need to do some detoxing. I did epsom salt baths with coconut oil during treatments to help with my skin condition. I need more advise like this, so I thank you Marnie!
How often should I detox?
How often a person should detox depends a lot on your perceived level of toxicity, whether you have been through chemotherapy or radiation, or both – these are all factors to be taken into consideration. If you’d like to email me and tell me a little more about yourself I’d be happy to make a recommendation for you.
How long should one soak in the tub for the detox to be effective?
I just discovered your site today, and love it! Thank you for all the riveting information you provide the public. It’s insightful and helpful!
You don’t need to do the detox bath for very long for it to be effective. A 15 minute soak is just fine. Thanks for your kind words about my website. I’m glad you are finding it useful.
I just finished my last radiation treatment a few days ago. What a journey this has been. I would like to know if the baths would help with nerve pain in my arms down to my hands. I also have muscle stiffness. Thank you for sharing your information it has been quite informative, simple to follow and of a positive nature. I did notice that my body was caving all the foods that would help my body detox throughout my 16 chemo treatments and 30 radiation treatments. Do these detoxify methods also work for drpeyoxing radiation ? Thank you
The nerve pain is more than likely due to damage to your nerves caused by chemotherapy. Termed CIPN, or chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, there are things you can do to ease that, and I have more information on this page: https://marnieclark.com/help-for-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-cipn/ To answer your other question about detoxing after radiation, yes the tips on this page are helpful for that as well: https://marnieclark.com/how-to-detox-in-your-bathtub/ Sorry for the delay in responding!