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What Is a Detox Bath?

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Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist. She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.
What Is a Detox Bath?
Detox baths are said to help remove toxins and other impurities from the body. Photo Credit Matthew Wakem/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Detoxification of the body through numerous methods has become a popular trend. You can purportedly detox your body through the use of foot pads, cleansing drinks and a variety of detox diets. Author Susana L. Belen -- in her book, "Detox and Revitalize: The Holistic Guide for Renewing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit" -- claims detox baths using specific detoxifying ingredients can help to rid your body of toxins and pollutants.


The history of the bath as a form of detoxification goes back thousands of years. According to author and naturopath Linda Page in her book, "Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone," the ancient Romans had elaborate complexes for healing and detoxification baths. The ancient Greeks are said to have used seawater and seaweed to take detoxification baths. Mud baths, clay baths and baths using aromatherapy oils and herbs have been used throughout history to assist the body's natural detoxification abilities.


Detoxifying your body may help to remove toxins, chemicals and other pollutants from your body, according to Belen. Taking a hot bath opens your pores and causes your body to sweat out toxins. According to Page, taking a detox bath with various detoxifying herbs or minerals is like soaking in an herbal tea -- your body absorbs the nutrients through your skin instead of through your digestive system.


There are many types of ingredients you can use in a detox bath. According to Belen, you can add natural mineral salts or sodium bicarbonate -- otherwise known as baking soda -- to your bath to help draw out toxins and impurities. According to Page, you can also add seaweed, herbs such as lavender or chamomile, lemon or geranium essential oil or hydrogen peroxide to a bath for detox purposes.


Detox baths may leave you feeling increased levels of energy, better able to sleep at night, improve the texture of your skin and reduce stress and tension levels, according to Page. She says taking a hot bath alone may help to detox the body through the process of sweating out impurities; however, you should use caution when taking very hot baths, especially if you have a medical condition.


Many claims of detoxification products are not backed up by scientific research. Many companies claim that detox baths can help with weight loss, but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Always inform your doctor before using specific herbs and alternative healing methods, especially if you are taking medication, have a medical condition or are pregnant or nursing.

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