Cold and Flu Detox Bath
When my 2 year old gets sick I have a little regimen I do and I am sharing it because it works.
-I give him my Chicken Broth Soup. It’s nutrient packed to help his little immune system fight the flu or cold virus. Surprisingly, my picky little toddler loves it!
-I do a little baby organic emergen-c trick on him with him four servings a day of Organic Vitamin Packed Cough Syrup (LOVE, LOVE. LOVE this stuff! Just check out those ingredients!!!)
-I give him a detox bath. I swear to you, my kid is never sick more than a day. Two MAX. And I mean no more cough, no more runny nose, nothing after the second day.
This bath will not only help relax them and get rid of their virus, but it will ease their aches so they can sleep better.
“As soon as you know you’re coming down with an illness and can soak in Epsom salt, the better it will work. Soaking in Epsom salt helps spur a process called vasodilation, which increases white blood cell production and helps the body fight illnesses quicker. Magnesium is a fantastic way to help relax the muscles and flush the lactic acid out of them. It has an alkalizing effect, which gives your immune system a boost.” (1)
So here’s how you do a detox bath, and remember, you can (and should) do this for yourself as well even if you’re not sick. This will help attack anything before it even starts. Just double the ingredients.
What to use:
1/2 cup Epsom Salts (if child is older I would double this)
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Bentonite Clay*
a few drops of lavender essential oils
How to do it:
Fill the tub up to around their belly button but let them get in before it is filled. While filling the tub with water, add in the epsom salts, baking soda, clay and essential oils. Once they are in the tub, try to make the water a littler hotter. It has to be warm/hot for it to work, but obviously don’t scorch them! Keep them in the tub for at least 20 minutes.
- Do not wash their hair. You don’t want to risk getting anything in their eyes.
- For an added bonus, you can also steam the room by running hot shower for a minute and drop tea tree, lemon or peppermint essential oils to fill the room and open their air pathways and ease their coughing/congestion. It will also help with the initial shock of cold to hot.
- Try to read to them or play music. Add toys they wouldn’t normally bring into the bath (think barbies or action figures) or even get a new activity for them to do so they’re excited. You’ll want to keep them in there for 20 minutes.
- The magnesium and lavender have a calming effect and they will be really tired after this. Do it before bedtime or nap time. Enjoy the snuggles that come after!!!
- The bath will make them thirsty, so be sure to give them a lot of water during or after. If you do milk just dilute with water. No juice!
- Their pores will be open from the hot water so DO NOT put any harsh soaps or washes on them. I also would be very careful of the lotion you put on them afterwards because it will absorb right into their little bodies. Coconut oil is a GREAT choice! I love this coconut oil moisturizer because it already comes blended with lavender essential oils so it is perfect for that calming nighttime effect without all of the chemicals like the leading purple bottle.
*You can do a detox bath without the clay, it is just more effective, but it will still work great!