Detox and Relax Bath Jar

Tara L. Callaghan
by Tara L. Callaghan
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As a holistic wellness coach, I encourage my clients to both try to reduce their stress and take action toward helping their bodies eliminate the toxins caused by stress. A relaxing detox bath is just the sort of self-care we often skip over, but it's not only incredibly beneficial, it's easy and cost effective to put together. Mixing a cup or two of this into a comfortably hot bath and soaking for at least twenty minutes a week will help create a ritual of self-care, detox the body, reduce stress, ease muscles aching from overwork, and replenish the body's stores of much needed magnesium. When you add your own essential oils, you can customize the scent to whatever you choose!
1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the jar.
2. Place 20 total drops of essential oil into the baking soda. Lavender is the preferred scent for relaxing; I wanted to add immunity-boosting oils to mine, so I added 14 drops of Bodyguard (lemon, rosemary, juniper berry) and 6 drops of Frankincense.
3. Mix the oil thoroughly into the baking soda.
4. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to the jar.
5. Seal the jar and shake the baking soda, essential oil and Epsom salt together until it blends.
6. Add 1 cup of magnesium flakes to the jar.
7. Seal the jar one last time and shake it until everything blends together. You may have to shake it again before adding it to your bath, as the baking soda and Epsom salt will settle at the bottom.
8. Decorate your jar to the style of your bathroom. I put a simple twin cord around mine, but you could dress it up beautifully, especially if you're giving it as a gift.
Suggested materials:
  • Baking soda
  • Epsom salt
  • Magnesium flakes   (Ancient Minerals)
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  • B. Enne B. Enne on Mar 17, 2017
    Sounds relaxing, thanks!
    I buy big containers of Epsom salts from Costco, and love soaking in baths. Can you please tell me why you use magnesium flakes and Epsom salts, since the salts are magnesium? Are there other minerals in the flakes as well?

    • Tara L. Callaghan Tara L. Callaghan on Mar 17, 2017
      They're different types of magnesium (sulfate and chloride), so they have different but related effects on the body. Epsom salt tends to work well for normal fatigue, aches, pains and strains while magnesium flakes are optimal for those deal with issues such as magnesium deficiency, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc. And no, the magnesium flakes are simply magnesium chloride.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Mar 17, 2017
    Hmmmmmmm, now I'm intrigued! Thanks for the clarification. I guess I'll need to keep an eye out for the flakes.