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Detox Baths for Kids: How and Why!

By on January 8, 2015

As Life Juicers we know and understand the power of detoxing or cleansing through juicing. If resets our bodies, helps to eliminate sugar and food cravings and ultimately cleanses our cells and system, however detoxing our kids bodies can be different and even a little challenging, especially when they’re in their young infancy age. One of the best solutions for this problem is to do a detox bath. Detox baths are recommended regularly once or every other week. Other then that the best time to do a detox bath is when your child is just starting to get sick because you’ll be helping that little body fight what ever sickness they have coming. By giving kids this bath you’ll be strengthening their immune system and enabling them to absorb more nutrients and vitamins. For more information on detox baths see below or for the full article click here.


Why Detox Baths are Important for KIDS

No matter how “green” we try to make our home space, our kids are exposed to hundreds of contaminants in air, water, food and personal care products on a DAILY basis. The body can detoxify itself of these chemicals, however, because our exposure to toxins is ever increasing, it’s a good idea to help the body detoxify whenever possible. A detox bath is one of the best ways to help boost the body’s natural skin/sweat detoxification system. I like to give my kids a detox bath weekly for general health and wellness. I also find detox baths to be particularly helpful when one of my kids starts to show signs of illness. I put my “almost” sick kid in a bath to boost the immune system quickly. When my son was fighting his candida episode last year, detox baths were a regular part of his healing protocol. So, long story short…we are big fans of detox baths around here!

Detox baths not only help rid the body of chemicals and heavy metals, but they also provide rich minerals like magnesium and sulfates that help to:

Reduce inflammation
Regulate enzyme activity
Increase immune function
Improve absorption of nutrients
Relax the nervous system and muscle fibers
Promote a good night’s sleep

How to Give a Detox Bath

1.) First you want to draw a hot bath (not too hot, you don’t want to burn your precious children but hot enough to sweat). Make the bath as deep as possible (use common sense safety precautions with kids), you want as much of the body in the water as possible for maximum effectiveness.

2.) If your water isn’t filtered you need to neutralize the chemicals (like chlorine) in your water or the detox bath will not work and your children will absorb toxic chlorine instead of eliminating toxins! You can neutralize your water 3 ways: 1) Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinator (good for 200 baths!) OR 2) 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder. There are 2 different forms and either will work. You can use this one or this one. OR 3) ¼ cup baking soda.

3.) Add your de-chlorinator of choice to the bath water and let it sit for 2-5 minutes to neutralize the chlorine.

4.) Mix the epsom salts, coconut or olive oil and essential oils in a small bowl or cup. After the bath is neutralized, add the salts/oils to the bath.

5.) Add bentonite clay if using. Bentonite clay binds to chemicals, including heavy metals, and removes them. To add the clay to your bath, mix it together with water first in a cup to get the clumps out (however you are not supposed to let the clay touch metal so use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir) and then add to bath.

6.) Have your kids get in the bath and let them soak for 20 minutes.

7.) Do not use soaps or personal care products in a detox bath. During a detox bath your children’s pores are wide open and they will absorb all the chemicals from personal care products if you use them! Skip the soap during a detox bath and just soak and relax!

8.) Detox baths can be done once a week on a regular basis. During times of illness you might increase the frequency to stimulate immune function.

9.) Make sure your kids stay hydrated with filtered water before and after a detox bath.

Detox Bath Recipes

Everyday Detox Bath for Kids

1/4 cup of baking soda OR 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder

1/2 cup of epsom salt or magnesium flakes (flakes are more easily absorbed by the skin)

1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil

Everyday Detox Essential Oil Blend: 2 drops lavender

Immune Boosting Detox Bath for Kids (uses more salt for maximum effectiveness)

¼ cup baking soda OR 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder

1/2 cup of epsom salt or magnesium flakes (flakes are more easily absorbed by the skin)

2 tablespoons of bentonite clay

1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil

Immune boosting Essential Oil Blend: 2 drops of wild orange essential oil


Add neutralizer of choice to a very warm bath and let sit for 5 minutes. In a bowl mix the epsom salt/magnesium flakes, coconut oil/olive oil and essential oil blend of choice. Add salt mixture to the bath. Add bentonite clay if using. Have kids get in bath and soak for 20 minutes. Do not use soaps or products while in a detox bath. Enjoy!

Important notes: It is imperative to use therapeutic grade essential oils for health benefits. To learn more about why therapeutic grade oils are important go here.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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