Lately, my kids and I have become quite addicted to our nightly detox baths. There's nothing like taking a hot bath, lighting a few candles, and allowing the troubles of the day to simmer away. This is my ultimate way to unwind. Kids benefit from the nightly ritual, as well. And when you throw in some epsom salt or magnesium flakes, some coconut oil, and a little bit of some essential oils, you have a recipe for a deeply healing bath that promotes healing and relaxation. Before I explain how to give your kids a detox bath, let me dive into why you should be giving them detox baths.
Why Give Your Kids a Detox Bath?
- To flush out toxins that have built up in our body. THIS is a great article on how and why we should take detox baths.
- To strengthen our immune system.
- To promote sleep and relaxation.
- Help muscles and nerves function properly. Great for growing kids.
- Helps promote concentration.
“While increasing your magnesium levels, Epsom Salt also delivers sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food but which readily absorb through the skin. Sulfates serve a wide variety of functions in the body, playing a vital role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are believed to help detoxify the body's residue of medicines and environmental contaminants.” (source)
How to Give Kids a Detox Bath:
- Epsom Salt (where to buy) or Magnesium Flakes (where to buy)
- Hot tub of water
- Baking soda if water is unfiltered
- High Quality Essential Oils (where to buy)
- Coconut Oil or Olive Oil (where to buy)
- cranky, wired, sick and adorable kids!
STEP ONE: Add the Epsom Salt to a tub of hot water
Epsom salt dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath. (source)
STEP TWO: Add the baking soda (optional)
Adding baking soda to a detox bath helps to neutralize the chemicals in the water, especially chlorine. I have well water, so I don't need to do this. But, if you unsure about your water, or if you know that it is not filtered, then add in some baking soda.
Baking Soda Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/4th cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
STEP THREE: Add the coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
I like adding coconut oil or olive oil to our detox baths for a few reasons. One, it helps the essential oils to bind to the coconut oil and stick to my kids skin which helps moisturize their skin. Two, it keeps the essential oils from sticking to the side of the tub. And lastly, it clings to skin even after you get out of the tub.
Coconut Oil or Olive Oil Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1 tablespoon to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 2 tablespoons to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 3 tablespoons to a standard bath.
STEP FOUR: Add the Essential Oils
Whenever I mention essential oils, I am referring to only the top quality, therapeutic grade oils. I don't recommend purchasing any other kind. Click here to see which oils I recommend. The great thing about essential oils is that they can be used for a variety of different reasons.
Essential Oil Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs and over 2 years old, add 4 drops to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 6 drops to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 10 drops to a standard bath.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to use essential oils in a detox bath for my kids.
Essential Oil Suggestions:
- Calming and Relaxing: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, or Cedarwood
- Bonding: if you would like to jump in with your baby or child, I recommend frankincense to help promote bonding.
- Immune Boosting: Protective blend or Wild Orange
- Respiratory Support: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or a respiratory blend
- Digestive Support: Peppermint, Cardamom, Lemon or Peppermint.
*A Few Tips:
- Don't wash your children's hair on detox bath night! The coconut/olive oil makes it very greasy and hard to get out.
- Don't wash their body with any soaps or harsh cleansers with chemicals. Their pores are open and you want them to absorb the magnesium and oils. I recommend using something like Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap or a bar of castile soap if you must wash them. Otherwise skip the soap.
- Try to keep them in the bath for 20 minutes to get all the benefits of the bath.
- Lather them up, if you wish, with a natural moisturizer like coconut oil. I add in a few drops of lavender and give them a light massage as I'm putting on their clothes.
- Give them some water or leave some beside their bed. Detox baths can make you thirsty.
- Cuddle on the couch and read a good book before kissing them goodnight! Magnesium promotes sleep so they should sleep very good for you!
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