i should be mopping the floor: Essential Oils Uses in a Detox Bath

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Essential Oils Uses in a Detox Bath

These Essential Oils Uses Post has not been evaluated by the FDA. I'm not a doctor and cannot diagnose, prescribe, or treat.

These Essential Oils Uses in a Detox Bath are great to wash away the cares of the day. From seasonal issues to stress, there's something for every bath. If you're new to essential oils uses, this is a fun way to dive in. Pun intended. To be up front, I still avidly use Young Living Essential Oils, however, I no longer promote them in a business manner. 
Essential OIls

Have you ever taken a detox bath? If you're looking for great essential oils uses, this is one of the best ways to put your little bottles of awesome to work for you. We've tried all of the beow detox bath combinations to help our family with various issues. 
Detox Bath for Kids
I'll be honest...I have never been a big bath person. I go by the whole "stewing in your own dirt" mentality. But, after going oily, it's quite hard to get me out of the tub. After learning all of the various combinations of essential oils uses to help draw impurities out of the body, I was sold. Just to be up front, all of these recipes are ones that work for our family...I'm not a doctor and can not diagnose, treat, or cure. I'm just sharing my own methods...and along those lines, my methods have not been evaluated by the FDA. 

One other reason I've never loved baths is that I'm a big UTI catcher. Ick. Honestly though, I use essential oils for those now, too (I haven't taken an antibiotic in over a year...and I always had a standing prescription for my UTI one). Baths were always an easy way for a UTI to creep up on me. If you are similar, please note, I'm just relaying what works for me. I counteract the bath with my Lemongrass and Purification essential oils to ward off the UTI yuckies. Again, this may or may not be something that works for you...but it is what I choose to do (I take the Lemongrass in a capsule and rub the Purification across my abdomen with carrier oil after a bath...always use a carrier oil after showering or bathing since the pores are so open. Essential oils tend to feel "hotter" in those situations.)

Essential Oils Uses in a Detox Bath


Grab your rubber ducky and towel...it's time for a detox bath, y'all.

Prepping the Tub for Essential Oils Uses:

Measure half a cup of baking soda to neutralize your water (unless you have a purification system on your tub's water, you'll want this to create a neutral palette for your essential oils). I place the baking soda at the bottom of the empty tub in a little pile. I add half a cup of epsom salt on top of the baking soda. Epsom salt has a variety of health benefits and is loaded with magnesium. It's wonderful for detox baths and the magnesium can help eliminate harmful toxins from the body. 

On top of my baking soda and epsom salt, I add a tablespoon of carrier oil (you can use any oil for this...olive oil or coconut oil are both popular ones). 

On top of the carrier oil, I add my essential oils (3-4 drops of each one). The pile starts to turn into a bit of a paste.
At this point, I turn on the water as hot as I can handle it (for my kiddos, it's not too hot...but as warm as they'll be able to handle it). Detox baths are seriously some of the best essential oils uses I can think of. We always start taking them before we travel, too...just to make certain we are in tip top shape. 


After your Essential Oils Detox Bath:


Be sure and drain your tub completely...detox baths aren't meant to be "shared". You want all of the toxins the bath just pulled out of you to go down the drain. Also, be sure to run more hot water down the drain to make sure all of the oil (especially the carrier oil) gets through your plumbing safely...using fractionated coconut oil is helpful in this area. We live in an older home with older plumbing, so I never skip that step...I've even boiled water in my kettle to pour down the drain after a particularly oily detox bath. I also like to spray down my tub with a good natural cleaner, too, following a detox bath. You don't want the next bather to still have some of your detoxed funk lingering in their bath, right?

AND, drink LOTS of water after your bath to rehydrate. This is especially important if you're using the detox bath to rid your body of illness (which is something detox baths may be able to help you with). I also add Lemon oil to my water (in a glass, not plastic). Honestly, I drink hot tea and water while I'm bathing, too. I just keep the liquids going to rid my body of all the yucks.


Essential Oil Combinations for Detox Baths

Young Living Essential Oils
Peppermint, Wintergreen, and Panaway Oils are a great combination for a post-workout bath. While this bath isn't technically a detoxification one, it's fabulous to soothe the body after strenuous activity.

Essential Oil Combinations
Ahh...Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint! Good ol' "LLP". These are the ones I use for seasonal relief when I'm ready to claw my eyeballs out or permanently strap a tissue under my nose. They smell absolutely FANTASTIC in the tub, too. If I'm really suffering, I add Copaiba Essential Oil to this bath, too. 


Thieves Oil
Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense, and Rosemary are some of my favorite oils. They may be helpful in combating the onslaught of yuckiness taking over the body. At the first twinge of anything, it's time for some essential oils uses...especially in the tub. These may help eliminate those yuckies from the body and get you on the road to feeling good again. This is the combination we each use before we travel, too. 


Young Living Thieves
The Thieves and Lemon essential oils combination is super similar to the above combo. However, I use these even when I feel fine. They're a great boost to the system that may fend off any yuckies headed my way. I place my kids in this combo for a detox bath at least once a week...ya never know what they'll "bring home" from school and I like to stay on top of it.


Lavender
Pretty much my favorite detox bath combo ever: Lavender & Stress Away.  They smell heavenly and just carry the day's troubles right down the drain. 



DiGize
I think I've mentioned it before, but Young Living DiGize Essential Oil is one of my faves...it's for tummy issues. I initially hated its scent, but now it's pleasant to me. Combined with Peppermint and Lemon, it makes a lovely bath when your gut isn't feeling so hot. 

More Essential Oils Uses:

Recipes for Detox Baths
What are your favorite essential oils uses?


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