We've all heard about the benefits of adults doing a cleanse for detoxification purposes but did you know that you can help your children feel well and draw toxins from their bodies by simply doing a simple detox bath for kids?
No matter how “green” we make our homes, kids are still exposed to many toxins, chemicals and germs on a daily basis. These chemical toxins come in through our foods, water, air and personal care products despite our best efforts.
We are inundated with chemicals from all sides!
2,100 toxins, including pesticides, herbicides, PCBs, and medications have been found in our water supply
80,000 metric tons of carcinogens are released into the air annually in North America
Over 80% of foods have genetically modified ingredients
The EPA estimates the average US citizen has residues from over 400 toxic compounds in their body
82,000 chemicals are in use today in the US, but only a fourth have ever been tested for toxicity
According to a Study Reported by the Environmental Working Group,
The Average Newborn is Born with Over 200 Chemical Toxins in Their Umbilical Cord!
Everyday chemicals are detrimental to your child's health, DNA and endocrine system and get stored in the body. There are so many great reasons to give regular detox baths! You can read further about “toxic loads” and “chemical body burdens” that we carry in our bodies here.
We know kids are little germ magnets.
Weekly detox baths for kids can support a child's immune system and reduce their “toxic load” thus becoming a really powerful tool in your “Doctor Mom” arsenal of tricks.
A detox bath typically has Epsom salts as a main ingredient which pulls out toxins and has amazing health benefits of its own.
Baking Soda neutralizes chemicals and chlorine in the water as well as provides another avenue for detoxification of their little body.
Virgin Coconut Oil provides extra moisture and nourishment to the skin as well as helping the essential oils cling to the skin.
Really high quality essential oils provide added therapeutic benefits. Unfortunately, many essential oils on the market are adulterated with additives, fillers and synthetics which would cause more harm than good. As with everything, buyer beware!
(Lavender is a great overall choice but you may want to use other essential oils depending on your child's health need. I'll offer you some suggestions at the end of this post).
Here's what a weekly detox bath for kids can do!
Ease stress, promote relaxation and supports great sleep
Support proper nerve, muscle and enzyme functions
Reduce inflammation to relieve cramps and growing pains
Improve oxygen use and supports better focus and concentration
Improve absorption of nutrients which form joint proteins and brain tissue
Help flush out accumulated toxins in the body thus reducing their toxic load
Help support a strong immune system
How to Give Your Child a Detox Bath
1/4-1/2 cup Baking Soda, depending on child's size
1/2-1 cup Epsom Salts or Magnesium Flakes, depending on child's size (where to purchase)
3-6 drops High Quality Essential Oils, depending on child's size (where to purchase)
1 TBSP Virgin Coconut Oil (where to purchase)
Step 1 Draw a very warm bath, as deep as your child's armpits, and stir in Baking Soda for a minute or two. Be mindful to make the bath as warm as they can stand it but not so hot as to burn their skin. Part of the detox process is to sweat! (Important Note: Very warm detox baths are NOT recommended for newborns)
Step 2 Mix the Epsom Salts, Coconut Oil and Essential Oils together and stir them into the bath.
Step 3 Check the temperature and just add child!! Seriously, stay close since the water is kind of deep. You'll want your kiddo to stay in the water for at least 20 minutes so they sweat then slowly cool as the water cools. Skip the soap and don't wash her hair on detox bath night. Coconut oil will make her hair oily and it's difficult to remove.
The detox bath for kids will clean 'em up and have 'em smelling yummy sweet! After her detox bath, snuggle her up with a warm towel. Give lots of water to drink and high fiber foods to eat over the next 24 hours so the toxins leave her body.
Essential Oils for Specific Needs
Use one or any combination of the listed oils for that health need. When using high quality, pure and potent essential oils, just a few drops go a LONG way.
**After much research on the safety and effectiveness of essential oils, I only recommend the top quality essential oils on the market. I don't advise purchasing any other brand (I have tried most of them). Click Here to inquire about which essential oils I personally use and the only ones I recommend. Just let me know and I'll send you a quick email with lots of info and no pressure.
I'd love to connect with you and invite you to a community of essential oil users on my Essential Wellspring Facebook page so your learning continues. With the RIGHT essential oils, you can take care of your family's health needs in ways you never thought possible!
Calming Lavender, Calming Blend, Roman Chamomile, Grounding Blend or Frankincense
Tummy Support Digestive Blend, Lemon or Peppermint
Easy Breathing Respiratory Blend, Eucalyptus or Peppermint
Too Much Sun Lavender, Peppermint or Frankincense
Immune Support Protective Blend, Wild Orange, Lemon or Frankincense
Feel really empowered, mama, that you can help your little ones when they need it the most!