Lately, my children and I have become quite addicted to our regular detox baths. There’s nothing like taking a hot bath, lighting a few candles, reading a good book and allowing the troubles of the day to melt away. This is one of the my best way to unwind. Kids also benefit from the nightly ritual. When you throw in some epsom salt, some coconut oil, and calming essential oils, you have a recipe for a bath that promotes amazing health. 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 periodically flush toxins that build up in our body.
- To support our immune system.
- To support restful sleep and relaxation.
- Help muscles and nerves function properly. Great for growing kids.
- Helps support proper cognitive function and 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
DANG! ISN’T THAT ENOUGH TO WANT TO PUT YOUR KIDS IN A DETOX BATH?
How to Give Kids a Detox Bath:
- Epsom Salt or Magnesium Flakes (I like to buy on Amazon.com)
- Hot tub of water
- Baking soda if water is unfiltered
- High Quality Essential Oils
- Coconut Oil or Olive Oil (I get large organic bottles from Costco)
- Ornery, cranky, emotional, lovable, adorable kids!
STEP ONE: Mix Epsom Salt, Baking Soda (optional), Coconut Oil and Essential Oils Together (see dosages of each below)
STEP TWO: Add Mixture to Hot Bath Water
(dosages are for a standard bath tub)
Epsom salt dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more
Baking Soda Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/4th cup
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1/2 cup
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 1 cup
Adding baking soda to a detox bath helps neutralize chemicals in the water, like chlorine. I have a whole-house filtration system, so I don’t need to do this. But, if you’re unsure about your water, or if you know that it is not filtered, then add in some baking soda.
Coconut Oil or Olive Oil Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1 tablespoon
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 2 tablespoons
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 3 tablespoons
I like adding coconut oil or olive oil to our detox baths because it:
- Helps the essential oils to bind to the coconut oil and stick to my kids skin which helps moisturize their skin
- Keeps the essential oils from sticking to the side of the tub
- Helps the oils clings to their skin even after they get out of the tub
Essential Oil Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 4 drops
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 6 drops
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 10 drops
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 and feel free to join my essential oil Facebook page to learn more about using essential oils or sign-up to receive my Essential Oils Quick Start Guide. The great thing about essential oils is that they can be used for a variety of different reasons.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use essential oils in a detox bath for my kids.
Essential Oil Suggestions:
*A Few Tips:
- Calming and Relaxing: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, or Calming Blend
- Bonding: if you would like to jump in with your baby or child, I recommend frankincense to help promote bonding.
- Immune Support: Protective Blend or Wild Orange
- Respiratory Support: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Respiratory Blend
- Occasional Stomach Discomfort: Peppermint or Digestive Blend
- Occasional skin discomfort following sun exposure : Lavender and/or Melaleuca (aka “tea tree”)
- Grounding: Grounding Blend
- Sooth occasional stomach discomfort: Ginger, Peppermint or Digestive Blend
- Soothes the irritation of distressed skin: Sandalwood, Myrrh, Lavender, or Melaleuca
- 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.
- Don’t wash your children’s hair on detox bath night! The coconut/olive oil makes it very greasy and hard to get out.
- Try to keep in the bath for 20 minutes to get all the benefits of the bath.
- Put on a natural moisturizer like coconut oil and add in a few drops of lavender and give them a light massage as you’re putting on their clothes.
- Have them drink plenty of water afterwards. Detox baths can make you thirsty.
- Magnesium promotes sleep so they should sleep very good for you!