Lexi had a cold last week. She was feeling miserable and listless. The first thing she asked for was an Epsom salts detox bath.
She already knows from previous experience that a detox bath aids in her recovery and helps her feel better faster. Lexi loves detox baths so much that we have made them a regular part of our routine.
Our children come in contact with an endless amount of impurities, toxins, poisons, pollutants, and other agents. These chemicals land on our skin, absorb into the fabrics we wear, and are breathed into our lungs.
These are inevitable however, there are a few ways that we can reduce our exposure to these environmental impurities, and one of the best ways, is through taking a detox bath.
How To Get Started With Epsom Salts Detox Baths
The most important part of doing an Epsom salts detox bath is that your child is hydrated (they should be anyway!). This is what makes it possible for them to reap all of the benefits of the bath.
Sweating is the body’s natural way of detoxifying. Soaking in hot water can assist in pulling harmful toxins from the skin.
Next, select your water additives. We add a cup of Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, and occasionally essential oils* (always in a carrier oil) especially if Lexi’s nose is blocked.
They Relieve Stress
For thousands of years, mankind has known that one of the most relaxing and soothing experiences that can be had is that of taking a warm, or hot bath. Children these days are stressed too!
Heat loosens muscle tissues that have been clenched by stress, even children subconsciously carry stress in their shoulders, backs, legs, and neck muscles.
Epsom Salts Detox Baths Help Stimulate the Evacuation of Toxins
In daily modern life, the most common position for people is sitting. Even our children are spending more time sitting than ever.
This means that toxins and other wastes can easily build up in the body causing blockages and other unpleasant ailments.
In order to have a healthy body, it is important to work on clearing out the lymph system. One way this can be accomplished is through heating the body, making it easier for the lymph system to flow more freely.
Due to the acidic content of modern foods, inflammation in our bodies has reached epidemic levels. This affects children too.
A long soak in warm or hot water Epsom salts detox bath can provide some relief by greatly reducing inflammation in the body.
A gentle, but firm rub while submerged can go a long way to improving circulation and arterial health. While this is fine for a normal detox bath, it is not recommended when your child is sick.
During an infection, the body works hard to fight the infection and recover. A massage can be stimulating to the body at a time when rest is important.
How to Safely Use Essential Oils in the Bath
Be cautious about using oils that are known to irritate the skin and mucous membranes. Avoid cinnamon, clove, oregano, savory, spearmint, thyme (except linalool type), and wintergreen in the bath.
Always combine essential oils with a carrier oil first. You don’t want essential oils just to sit on top of the water, you want them dispersed throughout. The best way to do that is to combine essential oils in a carrier oil first, like coconut, olive, sunflower, or jojoba.
While it may be tempting to trickle essential oils into the bath when running the water, wait. The hot running water will cause the essential oils to escape the bath and scent the bathroom instead.
To get the most from an aromatherapy bath, fill the tub and turn off the water first before adding essential oils for a full aromatic effect. Stir the bath before climbing in to help circulate oils.
Full Moon Bath Ritual
Children are susceptible to negative energy. Particularly from their parents.
As parents, our anxiety, anger, and stress affects our children. They can’t help experiencing the negative energy that we are experiencing.
However, depending on your child’s age and developmental level, they may internalize the negative emotions. This can affect their cognitive development!
Aside from being mindful of our own behavior and reactions, we can help our children with energy cleansing full moon baths. This can help them to let go of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of trauma, hurtful words, and spiteful actions.
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Full Moon Bath Ritual
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 2 tbsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tumbled amethyst crystal
- 1 tumbled rose quartz crystal
- 10 drops lavender oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- Fill the bath with salt, hot water, and crystals. Wait 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the crystals and add the lemon juice and essential oils.
- Light a few candles, choose some soothing music, and let your child immerse themself in the water. Then move it slowly with your hands.
- Using a soft, soothing voice repeat positive affirmations to your child.
- Try to keep your child in the bath as long as possible (20 minutes is optimal).
- When you are done, rinse your child well to remove the salt (and the last of the low energy) from their body.
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Happy bath time!
Updated on 26 April 2021