Epsom Salt Detox Bath How-To


Detox Bath: Using Epsom Salt

Epsom salt baths are a great way for me to detox my body and boost my immune system. I feel energized and rejuvenated from them because they rid the body of toxins that cause us to be tired and stressed. Taking a bath in Epsom salts allows our bodies to release any harmful substances we’ve come into contact with via food, our environment, etc. Our skin is our largest organ and our primary detox organ, which is why a detox bath is so beneficial. You can use Epsom salt baths to cleanse your body if you are looking for an easy way to support your liver and help with die-off symptoms with; it’s a wonderful detox for your body.

What Are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salts are made from magnesium and sulfate, which are easily absorbed through our skin, which aids in detoxification.

How Epsom Salt Baths Work

An Epsom salt detox bath stimulates your lymph system and encourages increased oxygen and blood flow to our body. The sulfates  in Epsom salts are essential for the formation of proteins lining the digestive tract; they also stimulate the pancreas to form digestive enzymes, which are necessary to detoxify our bodies. Soaking in Epsom salts boosts the body’s magnesium levels because it is easily absorbed-this helps our muscles relax and is why these baths are perfect right before bed. My Epsom salt detox bath recipe below helps neutralize toxins and aids in protecting the body from heavy metals.

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Recipe

2 cups of Epsom Salt
6 drops of Organic Essential Oil (Such as Aura Cacia brand)
2 Tbsp. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Such as Bragg’s)
2 Tbsp. Detox Clay
Filtered Warm Water
Optional: Himalayan Pink Sea Salts

I made sure to use warm water and not hot water because hot water can dry out skin and strip away protective oils. I found it most beneficial to soak in the bath for 40 minutes; this will allow for enough time for your body to remove the toxins and absorb minerals in the bath. I often use lavender, tea tree oil and rose essential oils in my Epsom salt baths.

How Often Do I Take An Epsom Salt Detox Bath?

I started the baths 2-3 times a week for a month and felt instant relief after my first bath. As I started to have more die-off symptoms and pain, I increased this to 5 times a week until my pains subsided.

Body Brushing After The Epsom Salt Bath

To help with your detoxification, when I dried my body from the bath, I used a body brush to stimulate my lymphatic system and release toxins.

Additional Add-in’s For Your Epsom Salt Bath

Baking Soda, Bentonite Clay, Celtic Sea Salt, Organic Herbs, Sea Salt, Organic Ginger Powder and Seaweed Bath.

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Emily July 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

This is great! I take an Epsom salts bath every night with essential oils, but I would love to add your edit other ingredients. What are your favorite essential oils? Right now I have German chamomile and lavender from Aura Cacia. :) What really resonates with me about your blog is the focus on self care and giving your body everything that it needs to heal. I just spent the day talking a lot about how much it takes just to care for myself. It can be very frustrating to spend so many hours a day resting, sleeping, preparing food, etc. I also empathize with the struggles to date and do everyday normal things without having your body get in the way.


Amie July 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I agree completely, Emily. It’s amazing how others can just wake up, run out the door, eat breakfast at the airport or at a fast food restaurant and be fine all day long. Sometimes I feel so ‘UN-normal’ but I look at it as a gift that we need to take care of ourselves. It’s tough living in NYC where everything is a mile a minute but my quiet neighborhood and lifestyle makes me happy and yours should too! Thanks again; enjoy your night!


Veronica August 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

Can you speak more about why you add the vinegar? And I know nothing about clay! I actually just took an epsom salt bath last night (I train hard, and then ache hard if I’m not careful!) so I’d love to learn more about the benefits of other additives.


Amie August 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Veronica, the clay and vinegar are both for detox to draw the toxins out. Make sure if you are training hard that you can do these baths. I’ve heard that training to hard and then sitting in Epsom salts can be hard on your body. I’d check with your doctor first. Thanks!


Nicole M. August 7, 2013 at 9:34 am

I’m really interested in hearing about the clay and the vinegar aspects as well. Would that be more for the skin or the lymph system? Thanks!


Amie August 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Nicole; the clay is amazing. It’s detox clay and can be purchased online or at any health food store. It’s to remove the toxins from the body. Enjoy!


Krystle December 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

This was an amazing recipe. I have been ill for the weekend and really needed to rejuvenate. I used lavender/tea tree oil and added a bit of himalayan salts and baking soda. The fizzing was lovely, I am going to experiment with bath balls like this. I’m also going to look out for a body brush. Thanks for sharing this!


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Lorraine Wall December 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hi Amie, I just came across your website through pinterest & am very intrigued & interested by what I have read so far. I am the type of person who runs to the health food store if im coming down with something rather than going to the Doctors but about 5 weeks ago I came down with pneumonia& had to go on antibiotics, I ended up on 2 different ones for a total of 17 days. About 3 weeks ago I started with itching on different parts of my body & my Naturopathic Doctor said its more than likely the cause of the antibiotics killing all the good bacteria in my system on top of the stress from helping care for my elderly parents etc., the Naturopath has started me on allergy formula remedy as well as glutamine & I already take 100 billion (ultimate flora) probiotics & have been doing epsom salt baths with lavender essential oil, now I will add the apple cider vinegar & get the clay as well. Can u recommend anything else, it would be greatly appreciated.


Amie December 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Thanks Lorraine; I’d also use the Aura Cacia Essential Organic Oils in the bath. Have you tried those? The link to the products are above. Enjoy!!!


Courtney Tucker January 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I love to make my own beauty products and have all of these ingredients already on hand, this is on my list very soon, sounds amazing!


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