detox baths

Boost Your Immune System with Detox Baths

Detox baths are a great way to cleanse the body, eliminate toxins and boost the immune system.

This time of the year, so many people are getting sick and feeling run down.  Yes, the dreary and cold days can contribute to our mood and health, but so do the toxins that we’re holding onto and the ones that we are constantly exposed to.

Our lives are crazy busy, and most of us rush through the day without a thought to alleviating all the damage that is being done to our bodies: By what we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress inflicted upon us.

A detox bath can sweat out those toxins and alleviate their harmful impact. They will boost your immune system too!


The process for a detox bath is really quite simple. Detoxers immerse themselves in a tub filled with very hot water and essential ingredients, some active and some soothing. As you soak, the toxins are pulled to the surface of the skin and then washed away.

The key to a successful detox bath is preparation.  It is very important to properly hydrate before
you begin. The day before you plan to detox, increase your fluid intake (water) and avoid dehydrating ingredients, such as caffeine and alcohol. This will ensure that no damage occurs to your body as the impurities are drained from your body.

Detox baths require very hot water. As hot as your body can tolerate, but please don’t burn yourself.  Warm water or reasonably hot water will just not work. It is essential that the body sweats during the detox process, and that won’t happen if the water is too cool.

To actively draw out toxins, detox baths should to contain at least one strong, active ingredient and several soothing ones. For example, harsh ingredients such as apple cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide might be offset by essential oils. The ingredients you choose will determine the benefits to your body. Many recipes are available on the Internet. One of my favorites is listed below.

Most recipes call for a soaking of more than 20 minutes. You need to give those impurities time to float to the surface!  I recommend a bath time of 40-60 minutes.  The first 20 minutes gives your body time to remove toxins.  The remaining 20 to 40 minutes allows time for your body to absorb the minerals in the water.

When you have completed the recommended stay in the water, gently wipe off your skin and drink water. Give your body time to recover from the strain of detoxification. That will enhance the benefits and enhance your well-being.  Completing a detox bath will help you feel rejuvenated and healthy.



1 Cup Epsom Salt
1 Cup Baking Soda
10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
 *Note:  I also like to use Bentonite Clay (in place of the baking soda).
  1.  Pour your ingredients into hot bath water.
  2. Soak your body for at least 20 minutes (as much as you can, up to your neck).
  3. Once you are done with your bath and have dried off, avoid eating for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Drinks lots of water.

Note:  Skin brushing before taking a bath or shower is very beneficial.  Especially before a detox bath.  If you’re pregnant or have any health concerns, please consult your doctor before performing a detox bath.


If you have any questions about detoxing or a detox bath,  please comment below.  You’re welcome to message me as well.  I enjoy detox baths all year, but they are especially beneficial during the harder, winter months.

Wishing you much health and happiness!



2 thoughts on “Boost Your Immune System with Detox Baths

  1. Kelly Heck says:

    Hey Kim! I want to try your detox recipe but have a couple questions for you.

    About the baking soda you use – do you use organic baking soda, or what we all see at the grocery store, A&H?

    Should we also drink water WHILE bathing, or just leading up to the bath starting at a minimum the day before?

    I’m scrubbing my tub tonight, so great timing!! Thank you so much for your great advice!!

    • Kim Wilson says:

      Kelly, thank you so much for your comment! 🙂 I recommend taking a glass of water into the bathroom. Not only will it keep you hydrated but it will also help to excrete toxins. I don’t recommend any meals (especially heavy ones) right before and after your bath. Also, regular baking soda is totally fine. 🙂

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