Sometimes, when we detoxify our bodies too quickly during a cleanse, we can experience severe detox or Herxheimer reaction symptoms like; headaches, nausea, breakouts, rashes, itchy, overly oily or overly dry skin, moodiness, etc. So, if you want to take it down a notch… try soaking in a nice, relaxing bath that’s FAB for alkalizing your body, reducing inflammation + helping you to let go of anything you’re holding onto emotionally… ahhh…
What You’ll Need
- Measuring Cups
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt
- 1/2 Cup Raw, Organic ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- A few Drops Peppermint Essential Oils (or anything you like)
- I used peppermint essential oil to help cover up the scent of the ACV, but you can use any scent you’d like… check out this Essential Oil Directory for help choosing scents. Some fun oils to experiment with: Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lemon, Lime Peel, Orange, Mandarin, Tangerine, Litsea Cubeba, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Spearmint, Peppermint, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, etc.
- Always use the highest quality of fresh, organic ingredients when possible.
- Most ingredients can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs or on Amazon.
- Fill the tub with warm, not hot water.
- Add ingredients to tub.
- Soak for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Rinse off.
Have you tried this? Do you have a detox bath recipe you’d like to share?
Recipe adapted from Kris Carr’s Super-Witch Detox Bath.
IslaOctober 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm
I was wondering if you could add in 1/2 cup clay for a “mud” bath. Also, last week I read an article on mommypotamus.com blog that talked about lead in the glaze that coats bathtubs and dishes, so I think I’m going to buy a kit and test my tub before I soak again.
DanielleOctober 31, 2013 at 9:09 am
I’m a huge advocate for clay! I think the only things you’re supposed to mix with clay is salt or oils, though – nothing else because it changes the charge of the clay. I make clay mud baths all the time + will be writing about them soon! As for the lead in the bathtub glaze, I’m not sure. I’m currently renting, so switching out my bathtub is not an option. In the meantime, I just try to do the best I can with what I have, otherwise I’ll make myself crazy, Lol. :)
Erin IhdeDecember 2, 2013 at 10:04 am
Yes, lead exposure from older bathtubs can be one of the primary routes of lead exposure in older homes. Please see this news link below:
Dallas News (10/19/13) – “Old Bathtubs Found to Pose Lead Exposure Risks for Children”
Alicia palacinApril 9, 2014 at 3:08 am
I just discovered your site and you are my inspiration. I also did not do the traditional chemo and tamoxifen because of the possibility of other cancers not to mention lung clots. It has not been easy saying no to these treatments as the traditional medical community does not have any tolerance for this so I was so impressed when I read your bio. Nice to know there is another soul who has the courage to say no and look for other solutions.. I love your website. Thank you for all the invaluable information…..Alicia
DanielleApril 10, 2014 at 12:47 am
Awww… Thank you Alicia + Congrats Girl! ;) Believe me, I know how tough it can be! The emotional part can sometimes be harder than the Cancer itself. Almost 4 1/2 years later I still often leave my Dr.’s office visits in tears because they totally disagree with my treatment choices. It’s beyond frustrating! If you email me, I can hook you up with some support groups on FB with others who have gone through + believe in the same things. Also, would you mind sharing your story + reposting this comment here? Thanks Alicia! XO <3
StephDecember 13, 2014 at 5:18 am
Hi Danielle , just discovered your website while looking to ramp up my twice weekly Epsom salt detox baths. Currently just using lavender and Epsom salts but finding my skin really dry.
I finished my 6th chemo cycle for breast cancer nearly three months ago and am still under the chemical cosh, facial and body hair only just starting to peak through and I now support a lovely fine fuzz on my head.
I’m now organic where I can be and into alkalising my life and have swapped caffeine for honey and organic apple cider vin.
I’m on monthly herceptin injections and will start tamoxifen after my second mastectomy and ovary clearance. The good news is the cancer has gone, the bad news is the treatment has left me with two life changing problems and any advice would be great on increasing the detox .
1. Hot head! Can I apply clay to my scalp?
2. Chemo brain, boy do I feel fuzzy all the time!
DanielleDecember 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm
Hi Steph! Congrats on being Cancer-Free, Girl! ;) While I’m totally all about Detoxing + Detox Baths, I would be a little cautious of Detoxing while undergoing ANY types of treatments… you want the treatments to work, + Detoxing can sometimes make them ineffective. I would check with a Naturopath or Integrative Doctor before continuing with them. I didn’t do any serious detoxing until after I was done with Treatment… I basically just focused on cleaning up my diet + beauty routines, while using products that helped build up my immune system while going through it. Hope this helps! XO <3