Cold and flu season is in full force and it’s hitting our kids hard this year. My kids have been struggling with fevers off and on for the last month now. It seems like a virus is playing ping pong between the two of them. I know my kids aren’t the only ones because there is a nationwide medicine shortage for children. So what do you do when your child needs relief but you can’t find Tylenol or Motrin? Try a Detox Bath.
Please note! This is not medical advice. You should always consult your doctor if you have questions, concerns, or need medical help.
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What is a Detox Bath?
A detox bath helps your body remove toxins and heavy metals and replenishes minerals your body needs to heal. It is a great way to eliminate those sick germs and support your immune system. But what makes up a detox bath?
Epsom salt and baking soda are the main ingredients in a detox bath. The baking soda helps to draw out the heavy metals and toxins, while the epsom salt provides magnesium your body needs. Other ingredients commonly found in detox baths are bentonite clay and essential oils. These two aren’t necessary, but a great way to get the most out of your detox bath.
Detox baths are great for the whole family. The recipe I’m sharing below is what I use for my four and six year old. For babies 6-18 months, I would cut the recipe in half. For your older kids, double the recipe.
How to do a Detox Bath
Start by filling your bathtub up with warm water. While it’s filling, pour in the epsom salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay. Make sure it’s fully dissolved before your child gets in. When the bathtub is filled to your desire, add in the essential oils of our choice. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
I like to give my kids a cup of water or an electrolyte drink while they are soaking. This helps to flush out even more of the toxins. I also add their favorite bath toys to keep them entertained so they don’t complain before the 20 minutes is up.
Detox Bath Recipe
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt (unscented is best)
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 TBSP Bentonite Clay
5 Drops Essential Oils
My favorite essential oils to add are tea tree, thieves, and purification. All three are known for their antibacterial properties and help to kill germs. To promote sleep, I like to use lavender and chamomile. Add whatever you want for your desired effect.
Personally, I try to avoid over the counter medications as much as possible. When my kids get a fever, a detox bath is my first line of defense. I give them 1-2 baths a day for the duration of the fever. They typically only last a day or two. You can do them at the start of a cold or even when you’ve been around sick people as a preventative measure.
Remember, I’m not a doctor. Contact your pediatrician before trying something new, especially with your babies!
It’s the worst thing in the world when your kids are sick and in pain. Hopefully this will give your child some relief this cold season.
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