Epsom Salts and Baking Soda Bath Recipe

Even without an underlying condition to treat, a baking soda bath may be a helpful way to promote detoxification.

People may also wish to add medicinal herbs or essential oils, such as eucalyptus, to help the body sweat and detox.

To make a baking soda bath, add between ¼ to 2 cups of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups Epsom Salts to warm bath water and stir it around to let it dissolve.

Once the baking soda and Epsom Salts have completely dissolved, soak in the tub for up to 40 minutes. After the bath, pat the skin dry with a towel and use a natural oil or lotion to moisturize the skin.

Other tips for before and after the bath includes:

  • creating a relaxing environment by using candlelight or soft music
  • using a dry scrub, loofah, or body brush before the bath to help shed dead skin cells
  • using lukewarm to warm water if  hot water dries out the skin
  • using mild soap and warm water to rinse away any toxins left on the skin
  • putting on clean clothes after a bath to avoid additional environmental toxins

Things to consider:

Baking soda baths are typically safe. However, dissolved baking soda can be absorbed into the skin, and some groups of people should avoid baking soda baths, such as those who:

  • have high blood pressure
  • have serious infections or open wounds
  • are prone to fainting
  • have diabetes
  • are pregnant or nursing
  • are allergic to baking soda
  • are currently using drugs or alcohol