Our kids today are exposed to so. many. toxins.
In the air we breathe, to the food we eat, we are overloading our body’s natural detoxification system. Sometimes, our body just needs a little extra help ridding itself of these toxins and this can especially be true in children who get sick often, or suffer from skin conditions like eczema (find out more about naturally healing your child’s eczema here.)
A build-up of toxins in your child’s body can reveal itself in a magnitude of different ways, including insomnia (which could be a sign of liver overload), skin problems, flu-like symptoms, allergic reactions (hives) and even behavioral upset.
The detox bath aids your child’s liver by opening the pores and removing toxins through the skin. It’s soothing for the child, while also giving you both a time to bond and heal together. One major point to note: during and after the detox bath, your child’s pores are wide open. Harsh, scented soaps should not be used. If you just can’t stand that fresh apple cider vinegar smell, a soap like Dr. Bronner’s would be absolutely perfect.
For this detox bath, you will need:
Draw a tub, full enough to your comfort, with hot water. Obviously, you don’t want to scald your child, but you also want to keep in mind that hot water is what opens the pores. As the tub is filling, add the baking soda.
Chlorine can be found in so much of our water. While we have been lead to believe that its disinfectant abilities far outweigh any risk to humans, new information is surfacing saying that may not be so true. In fact, a recent study examined the higher-than-normal cases of asthma among swimmers, and found that it was due to their constant exposure to chlorine. In the 1990s, the EPA recognized that people absorb more chemicals, including chlorine, in their bath and shower water than they do when drinking water contaminated with the same substances.
Your skin is your largest organ.
Baking soda is an extremely alkaline substance. Adding about a cup of baking soda to a tub full of water 5-7 minutes before getting in will help alkanize the water and neutralize the chemicals, including chlorine.
After the water has had time to neutralize, you can begin adding your other ingredients.
I love DE. It is seriously such an amazing substance. I’ve touched on the topic a little bit when introducing my natural toothpaste, but my family is still only in the beginning stages of exploring the incredible benefits. When diatomaceous earth enters the body, it kills parasites and viruses that it may come into contact with. Even when suspended in liquid, DE still remains a stable particle allowing it to attach to harmful toxins. A majority of Diatomaceous Earth is made up of the component silica. Silica is an amazing detoxifying agent, and even The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has praised its ability to remove heavy metals from the human body.
DE is also an incredible water purifier. Tap water is far from perfect, just ask the people of Flint, Michigan. Numerous types of viruses and bacteria have been found in our tap water. Shocked at this information, researchers from the American Society of Microbiology examined the effects of DE filtration on water and found that it was able to absorb more than “…80% of enteroviruses (poliovirus 1, echovirus 5, and coxsackievirus B5) and coliphage MS2 present in tap water…”
It is very important that only FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth be used, industrial grade is toxic to humans.
Just 1/2 cup of DE added to bathwater can reap so many benefits for your little one.
We have long understood the benefits of clay, just look at the many options of clay masks for sale. There are many different types of clay, mined from different areas and substances of the earth, and they are classified by their mineral properties. Bentonite clay is mined from weathered deposits of volcanic ash. When mixed with water, bentonite clay becomes negatively charged. This electrical charge, like a magnet, attracts positively charged metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, bismuth, antimony, and barium. In fact, a majority of heavy metals are classified as cations, which means they carry a positive charge.
Bentonite clay’s properties also attract viruses and bacteria. One study found that an active ingredient in bentonite clay can have a bactericidal-type effect on the bacteria that cause staph. Adding bentonite clay to the bath of a child who suffers eczema can be life changing. By removing the toxins from the child’s skin, they can begin to see healing.
Bentonite clay is also extremely nutritional, containing components like magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and copper.
Add 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to the bathwater before you little one hops in, stirring to remove any clumps.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an absolutely magical liquid that, just recently, people have been delving into the benefits of.
Some foods (especially processed foods), when broken down, create excess amounts of uric acid in the body. While the filtering of this acid is typically left up to the kidneys, adding a little ACV into your child’s bathwater can give their kidneys a boost. Adding ACV into the bathwater of children with skin issues like eczema or yeast can help balance the pH of their body and promote healing.
Add about 1/2 cup ACV to your child’s bathwater before letting them get in.
Epsom salt has a long history of use in home remedies, as it has so many benefits. Epsom salt, which is very different from sea salt, was first found in a saline lake in England, and it contains high levels of magnesium. Considering the fact that most Americans are deficient in magnesium, this is already a beneficial ingredient to add into your child’s detox bath. Like bentonite clay, epsom salt are also extremely high in magnesium and other minerals. Simply soaking in epsom salt can increase magnesium levels enough to skip the need for a magnesium supplement. Science and studies have shown that magnesium deficiencies can be absolutely devastating to the human body.
Not only does epsom salt boost levels of magnesium in the body, it also heals the body. Because of its particular properties, epsom salt has been known to greatly reduce inflammation, aiding in healing those bumps and bruises our little ones seem to acquire on the daily.
In children under 60 lbs: add 1/2 cup Epsom Salt to bathwater
In children over 60 lbs: add 1 cup Epsom Salt to bathwater
Make sure your kiddo soaks for about 25-30 minutes to ensure that you really see the benefits from the bath. As with any detox, push fluids afterwards to make sure they stay hydrated.
Detox baths usually leave my little guy feeling relaxed and sleepy, so they are best when done before bed.
Until next time,
Author: Savannah Baker
Savannah is a full-time mom of one, and can often be found outside on one of her various adventures. She enjoys carving her own path through natural and holistic living, as well as discovering ways to use food as medicine.