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How to Create a Spa Quality Detox Bath at Home with Epsom Salt and Baking Soda

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Detox Bath

A much needed relaxing bath

A much needed relaxing bath

Stress management suggestions


  • 1-2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 1-2 cups Baking Soda
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • 1/2 sea salt (optional for energy cleansing)

*If you really want to tingle from this bath, put 3-4 drops of pure peppermint or spearmint oil into the tub water. As you soak, your skin will feel pleasantly and surprisingly cool, tingly, yet also warm! It's fabulous to confuse and entice the mind and body with it!

Relax and Soak

Relaxation is an important part of life, much like working hard, it's important to do things that rejuvenate your body and mind.

Our bodies are bombarded daily with chemicals, pollutants, and other toxic waste. This detox bath is very mild, and although it will not rid you of every unwanted toxin, it will help stimulate circulation and promote a general feeling of well being.

Simply add equal parts baking soda and Epsom salts to the hottest bathwater you can tolerate. I like to use 1-2 cups of each and a dab of essential oils for scent, and 1/2 a cup sea salt to remove negative energy. Ideally you will want to submerge as much of your body as possible while you soak. It is recommended to soak for a minimum of 20 minutes, 40 minutes is even better. You will begin to perspire, this is normal, if you find it intolerable do not worry about completing the full soak, you can always build up your tolerance as you do this more often.

Also see how to make home-made bath bombs

What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt, is not actually salt at all but rather a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits and household uses.

Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium does many things for the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease headache pain.

Epsom salt

Baking Soda

What are the benefits of Epsom salt?

Eliminate toxins

Epsom salt helps flush toxins and heavy metals from cells, eases pain and helps the body eliminate harmful waste. Your skin is the largest organ you have and is a highly porous membrane, adding the right minerals to your bath water starts a process called reverse osmosis, which pulls salt out of your body, and unwanted toxins with it.

Relieve aches and cramps

An Epsom salt bath relieves inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of achy muscles, asthma and headaches. It also promotes the healing of cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth.

Relieve your constipation

Epsom salt can be used to treat constipation. However, Epsom salts should not be used to relieve constipation without the consultation of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

Eases stress and relaxes

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes magnesium in your body. The magnesium produces serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), energy in the cells. Many believe bathing in Epsom salt at least three times a week helps produce a younger appearance, and creates more cellular energy. Magnesium ions can additionally relax and reduce irritability by lowering adrenaline. They lower blood pressure, create calmness, help sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function better.

Helps muscles and nerves to function properly

Epsom salts also help regulate electrolytes, encouraging proper function the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

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What is baking soda?

Baking soda is a chemical compound in the form of a very fine powder. It releases carbon dioxide when combined with an acid and a liquid.

What are the benefits of baking soda?

Makes skin healthier

Baking soda when used as a soaking agent will soften skin, relieve minor skin irritations (such as insect bites, sunburn or rashes), and naturally deodorizes. It also makes a great face and body scrub. It's also fantastic for acne.

Dead Sea Salt

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Onu Daniel Onyebuchi from Nigeria on June 05, 2019:

nice article

Rebecca (author) from USA on August 06, 2018:

Thank you Debra :)

Debra kenney from Houston tx on July 20, 2018:

Nice article

Anika Diaries on January 27, 2015:

Had no that idea Epsom Salt was so useful. If this relieves cramps, I am the next trying it out. Thanks for sharing. Voted up

Elizabeth Harp from Arkansas, USA on December 26, 2014:

I had no idea that a simple bath could be so beneficial! I'm definitely going to try this out. Thanks!

Rebecca (author) from USA on November 24, 2013:

Yes, that is what I meant, and you're right, they are very different. Sometimes I get them confused. I corrected it. Thanks for pointing it out.

Nella on November 24, 2013:

Don't you mean Baking "Soda" as opposed to Baking "Powder" ? They are 2 very different ingredients.

Rebecca (author) from USA on March 11, 2013:

Kristen...thank you for your comment! I did not know that about the essential oils. I'm about to go try that now! Not even kidding. It's been a very long day. I appreciate your input. Thanks again.

kristenaugusta on March 11, 2013:

This is a very well coomposed Hub! I have always enjoyed long soaks in the tub and naturally used the epsom salt/baking soda combo but really had no idea how benefical it really was. Just a quick note: An essential oil can add more than scent to this bath. Using lavender or chamomile essential oils will actually enhance the stress reducing, relaxing effects of the bath. As a stress reducer, lavender and chamomile help the individual to unwind, they act as antidepressants and sedatives. They are also excellent for the healing of minor scrapes, burns, and insect bites. Anyway, thank you for the reminder and I am off to take a bath!

Rebecca (author) from USA on March 09, 2013:

Thank you! I hope you enjoy it yourself :)

Shadaan Alam from India on March 08, 2013:

useful article, im sharing it

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