Whether you have been working out, traveling a bit too much, or carrying kids all around town, sometimes muscles get really sore. Detoxifying baths can be a quick and easy way to pamper yourself and restore your body. In this post, we’ll talk through the benefits of a detox bath, and I’ll share a recipe on how to make one using activated charcoal, Himalayan pink salt, lavender flowers and essential oils.

Let’s Talk About the Ingredients

Himalayan pink salt contains very high levels of minerals. Minerals are absorbed across the surface of skin. Many people choose to use Epsom salts in baths because magnesium chloride is well-absorbed. Pink salt is a great choice because it not only contains magnesium, but also calcium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Through a process called reverse osmosis, Himalayan pink salt removes toxins from the body. It is also deep cleaning, muscle soothing and relaxing.

Activated charcoal is also powerfully detoxifying. In addition, it deodorizes, purifies and is anti-bacterial.  The lavender and frankincense essential oils are amazing for the skin. And don’t worry. Activated charcoal is water soluble and easily rinses away.

Lavender increases a sense of well-being and reduces the emotions of frustration and anger. Frankincense has a relaxing aroma, and the resinous aroma pairs well with the floral aroma of lavender. You can also rub lavender buds on the skin to gently exfoliate.

Here’s a hack! If your bathtub is built this way, use a piece a cheese cloth to catch all the lavender flowers so they don’t go down the drain!

Happy Detox Bath


1/2 cup Himalayan pink salt

1/2 cup activated charcoal

1 tablespoon lavender buds

6 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil


Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Store at room temperature. When ready to use, add from 3 tablespoons up to a quarter of a cup to a bath. Relax in the bath for 20-30 minutes.

What is your favorite recipe for a detox bath? Comment below and let us know what you like to use in your bath routine.

Love making bath DIYs? Come check out this post on another detoxifying DIY, the green clay face mask.

Want to learn more about common questions about essential oils? Come check out my book, Essentials: 75 Answers to Common Questions About Essential Oils and Supplements!