I chose to miss a playdate today we'd really been looking forward to, due to the boys' runny noses. Even though the snot was clear, I didn't really want to be responsible for my kids passing a cold to some of the young babies in the group. After all, sick baby means no sleep, which means MOM DOESN'T SLEEP and NO ONE takes care of mom. LOL. We used the time we would have been at a playdate to venture into our first detox bath. Get rid of this cold once and for all. For one, so I can test and try out incorporating EOs into this way of natural wellness, and secondly, it gave my kids something to do since we no longer were going to a playdate.
Unlike most kids, I had to pull my kids by the ears to get them in the bath. They hate the bath. So after bribing them with the option of a slice of cheesecake, they ended up sitting in the bath and playing for twenty minutes. I mixed a couple of recipes from different websites off of google to fit the needs of my boys:
-cough because of congestion
-and chronic eczema (because our gut health sucks right now).
So why a detox bath? Dr. Axe has cited sources that state: (See Graphic). Although the graphic states it helps with hair. I don't encourage you to wash your kiddos hair in this bath, because coconut oil can be hard to get out!
Here's what I did:
First, I chose the oils that I thought would help the both of them. It's important that you choose oils from a trusted company, so you aren't getting fragrance and other chemicals in your bath. Naturally (pun intended), I chose YL oils for reasons listed here. So, today- we used:
~R.C. to open up their respiratory system
~Lavender for their eczema, and soothing since they hate baths
~Cedarwood for calming as naps were up next on our list
~Frankincense because it always brings something magical to the table. Liquid mofo'ing gold, you guys~
For under 100lbs, I used a half cup Epsom Salt Magnesium Sulfate USP. We have a big bag from Amazon that I use for make and takes, foot soaks, etc.. I chose this because "Magnesium regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, including muscle control, energy production, electrical impulses and the elimination of harmful toxins. Magnesium deficiencies contribute to today’s high rates of heart disease, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders as well as mental illness. By boosting your internal magnesium levels through external use of Epsom salt, you can help improve or ward off many avoidable health ailments" Dr. Axe.
I put a couple drops of each oil into the half cup of epsom salt and mixed it all with a spoon. I drew the bath, and poured the epsom salt in. Next I put in about 1 tbsp of Coconut oil. I did coconut oil so it could bind to the essential oils, and sort bind onto and seal in moisture for their skin since their eczema is bad, and baths usually bring on flare-ups. I had to break the coconut oil up in my hand when I dropped it in, or I thought my 15 month old would pick it up and eat it. Last, I put in about two and a half tbsp of baking soda, to neutralize chemicals in the water. I left the kiddos to play, cry, and play again for twenty minutes while I took pictures, haha. I suggest giving them some Ningxia or water afterwards because the bath can make them thirsty.
Because they ended up getting their hair wet, with the coconut oil water- we switched to a shower afterwards and properly washed their hair. It's suggested to do detox baths twice a week while sick. This is a first for us. I think I'll wait and see if I notice a difference before we do another one, but I can say, my house now smells heavenly and their skin is butter soft. I sprayed Thieves Household cleaner on the bath like an after shower spray, and rinsed- clean as new.
-Essential Oils from Trusted source
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
-Organic, cold pressed, Coconut Oil
-2-2.5 tbsp of baking soda
Mix EOs and salt. Pour in warm bath. Add coconut oil and baking soda, and let the kids soak for 20 minutes! Easy peezy! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Beautiful photo up top, from my crossline, Julie! @RPCDESIGNANDLIVING