Can You Detox Simply By Running a Bath?

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of detoxing your body for your health.

And while your liver and kidneys are essential in ridding your body of toxins, your skin also plays a major role in a detox. After all, it is your largest organ. 

There are many ways to detox your skin and I recommend a few types of detox baths. Depending on your end goal, each of these detox baths can guide those toxins our of your body and have you feeling refreshed and renewed. 

doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil | GroovyBeets.comDetox Bath for Stress/Sleep 

A bath in general is great for stress relief, but when you add certain ingredients, it can do wonders for your mind and body. Lavender essential oil is a great addition to a relaxing bath to help you sleep (I recommend taking a bath right before bedtime). Adding lavender to your bath can also help relieve stress and anxiety and treat skin conditions, like eczema. 

Detox Bath for Muscle Aches

Epsom salts are an amazing personal care product that you can buy at any drug store. When added to your bath, they have multiple benefits:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relieves stiffness
  • Induces sweating
  • Increases magnesium in the body (which is great for cancer patients and people fighting depression)
  • Provides itch relief
  • Helps fight off cold or flu

I especially recommend Epsom salts for relieving muscle aches because they will reduce inflammation while relieving the soreness. 

Detox Bath for Sunburn Relief

No one enjoys being sunburn; it’s the worst when your skin feels like it’s on fire. For more information on naturally relieving a sunburn, check out my post on the topic. My other advice is to drink lots of water and take a nice healing bath with some apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar will help restore your skin’s pH levels, leaving your skin feeling cool. But keep in mind that if your sunburn is really bad, you want to take a warm bath, not a hot one.

Detox Bath for Alkalinity

Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is a great addition to your detox bath because it is a naturally alkaline substance. During a detox, it’s important to pay attention to the pH balance in your body. By alkalizing the body, those harmful toxins will be removed.  

Bonus: balancing your pH levels is also a good aid in weight loss.

Why is a Detox Bath Important?

I firmly believe a good detox bath is a quick, easy way to get those toxins out. Gather the essentials and do-it-yourself in one evening. Easy-peasy.

I recommend taking a detox bath in hot water for at least 40 minutes. Hot water because it will cause you to sweat more (great for detoxing!) Your body will absorb the nutrients in the first 20 minutes and then release the toxins in the last 20. 

Detox Bath Recipes 

Lavender Detox Bath

From Dr. Axe. This recipe is for 3-4 baths. 


  • 2½ cups Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup bentonite clay
  • 8-10 drops lavender
  • 8-10 drops frankincense
  • 8-10 drops myrrh
  • 8-10 drops bergamot
  • 8-10 drops chamomile


Bath Salts for Pain

This recipe comes from OmNomAlly.


  • 2 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup bi-carb soda
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender flowers
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary sprigs

 Sunburn Healing Bath

From Hello Glow


  • Witch hazel
  • Cucumber juice
  • Dairy (milk, yogurt or buttermilk)
  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar: Dilute 1/4 cup ACV in 2 cups of water then add to bath.
  • Oatmeal
  • Tea (chamomile, mint or green tea)

Salt Detox Bath

From Wellness Mama


  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Favorite essential oils if desired (I use 10 drops of peppermint or lavender)



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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight.”

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get my free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”

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