We love our clay baths! The kids called them “muddy puddle baths” after the Peppa Pig show.
by Amanda Black | staff writer and editor for The Snap Mom
We are exposed to foreign particles through food, air, detergents, clothing, dust, cleaning products, paint in our homes, electronics, beauty products, and even tap water. These particles are often considered toxins because they are not naturally found in our bodies, and our bodies work to get them out.
We have built-in systems to remove these things: the liver, endocrine system, and the lymphatic system. The liver works to excrete toxins through our urine or bowels. Our endocrine system purges undesirable substances through our sweat. Additionally, the lymphatic system is a vital part of our circulatory system and immune function that clears the blood of any pathogens and toxins.
Many minerals and herbs aid these natural processes, including Magnesium, Silica, Iron, Selenium and Zinc. Many of these are easily absorbed through the skin, so a bath is the perfect delivery.
Homemade Detox Bath Clay
What will I need?
· Mason jar or any glass container (glass is better for essential oils)
· 1/2 cup Epsom Salt: http://amzn.to/1OGaWO1
· 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay: http://amzn.to/1OGbkMw
· 1/2 cup Diatomaceous Earth (DE) http://amzn.to/1OGbvHJ
· 10-15 drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Give the jar a good shake to mix it together. The amounts are not an exact science. Feel free to put approximately equal parts to fill your jar.
Epsom salt is a great source of magnesium. It also reduces inflammation, and this encourages proper functioning in your body. It has been shown to improve circulatory health, which helps your body continue removing unwanted toxins.
Bentonite Clay is naturally ionic and attracts and binds toxins to itself. This allows them to pass through your system without being absorbed. Bentonite Clay also provides high percentages of calcium, magnesium, silica, iron, and potassium. Silica has been noted for its ability to remove metals from the body.
Diatomaceous Earth is actually a dried fungus with a hard exterior that has been ground up. DE is high in the above-mentioned minerals, especially silica. It’s a great exfoliate.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil aids liver and gall bladder functions.
Other great detoxing ingredients you can add or substitute: sea salt, baking soda, French green clay, lavender EO, tea tree EO, lavender or chamomile flowers/tea
You can do the following things to support the same bodily systems…
· Hydrate! Drink a full glass of water before and after (add a squeeze of lemon for more detoxing)
· Lymphatic Massage
· Make the bath as warm as you can
· Use 1 cup in each bath. If you want a “high-powered” detox, use up to 2 cups. Stir into water.
· Soak for minimum 20 minutes but for as long as 40 minutes.
· Rinse off (if desired). Get out slowly
You can also mix with a bit of water or oil (coconut, magnesium, olive) and make an exfoliating scrub before.
Who can use this?
If you’re pregnant, the recommendations are to keep your body temperature from being elevated. So, keep the water at a reasonable temperature. Some sources discourage detoxing while pregnant and breastfeeding, but I believe this is mild and supports things already occurring in your body. Keep it moderate in amount and frequency. Note any feeling of discomfort and discontinue. I use this with my kids too. I use ¼ – ½ cup in a child’s bath. This would be great for post-vaccine care as well. If you feel run down, sick, or sluggish, use these tips to ensure your body is getting what it needs. Our bodies are truly amazing creations and perform well when supported.
About the author
Amanda is a SAHM and teacher who loves The Snap Mom mission, National Parks, and outdoor living.