The Ultimate Detox Bath

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If you are in need of a good detoxification then you absolutely have to try this method. When I feel toxic, this is my go-to detox bath. It works because it causes you to sweat…and I mean SWEAT!

Sweating is good for you for the following reasons: 

  • It helps your body eliminate salt (which causes excess bloating), alcohol and heavy metals
  • It unclogs your pores and improves your skin tone
  • It burns calories (woo-hoo!)
  • It strengthens your immune system because when your body heats up it generates more white blood cells
  • It relaxes your body and relieves stress by heating up the muscles

Okay, ready for the protocol?

What you need: 

  • 2-3 Tbsp powdered ginger (the amount depends on how much heat you can handle) — where to find
  • 1 coffee mug full of boiling water, allow it to cool just to the point of drinkability
  • 1 bathtub full of hot water
  • 3 cups epsom salts — where to find


  • Run a tub full of hot water, enough to completely submerge yourself in up to your neck
  • Add epsom salts to water
  • While standing outside the tub, mix the ginger into the hot water and stir until well dissolved
  • Now drink it as fast as you can and climb into the tub
  • Lie very still and notice how the heat from the ginger warms you internally just as the hot bath water warms you up externally. Within a few minutes you will be sweating like crazy! The epsom salts help pull out the toxins as they are released.
  • If you really want to crank it up a notch, try drinking this ginger drink before going into a sauna! Yowza, I love it!!!!

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    • Jessica says

      Agreed Georgia. I definitely want to try this but I’ll probably have the hubster kick it with me so we can keep an eye on each other just in case :)

  1. says

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve always run a hot bath with Epsom salts while drinking ginger tea but this sounds like an even better detox!

    • says

      I have soaked for up to an hour. Me time! You could definitely mix some Stevia in the ginger water, I chug it fast so I don’t need to flavor it much. Do as often as you feel necessary. Let your body be your guide, if you start to feel crummy you might be detoxing to fast and need to back off a bit. I do a few a week right now.

    • says

      Detoxing while breastfeeding is generally not recommended because your milk is essentially your blood. That being said, you could always pump and dump after the bath. I did. :)

    • Nicola says

      I was going to ask the same thing. I don’t plan on pumping, at least not for a while, so no detox baths for me.

  2. guyhomme says

    Its a good recipe, Kate: here is how to make it even better:
    — In bathtub full of hot water, put equal parts Sea Salt (not Epsom salts), and Baking Soda. So, 1 pound of each, or 2 pounds of each, or 3 pounds of each. Stir up the water. Sit in the hot bath, long as you can…the longer the better. The salt and baking soda combination is a de-tox, not only for the usual toxins, but for Radiation poisoning coming from too much exposure to Wi-Fi, Cell towers, etc etc etc. We are all exposed to this!

  3. says

    Adding a little Bentonite Clay helps with all toxins, but especially heavy metals! You can also add a little raw honey to the ginger drink to make it more palatable. Thanks for the reminder to detox, Kate. It’s been too long!

    • says

      Well it shouldn’t because the heat causes vasodilation, which in effect decreases blood pressure. But if you have uncontrolled blood pressure, you might want to consult with your primary care provider before considering any detoxification methods.

  4. says

    I’m interested in finding out why ginger instead of some other food or drink. I’m a garlic and Jalapeño lover and have been known to eat both raw. I don’t care for ginger too much so I’m wondering if I could just crush some garlic and Jalapeños and eat them before the bath instead of using the ginger.

  5. says

    Kate, I have been doing the bath salt detox for several years…it’s awesome! For maximum results I buy Dead Sea Salt from San Francisco Bath Salt online! It is very effective for fibromyalgia type pain. I tried your ginger drink and it has helped me beyond belief. I added raw organic honey which made it very tasty. The ginger gets absorbed in the top of your throat & mouth which goes directly to your sinuses. What a fabulous feeling to be able to breathe! It is also a great cure for constipation! So thank you for reminding me how great detox is and keep up the good work on your page! Thank you! Linda Landis

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