Detox Bath: Helpful and Natural Remedy for Sickness
Hey everyone! With all the sickness going around right now and since we’re about to be in the dead of winter, I want to share a natural and powerful way to help babies (and parents!) get rid of sickness.
Last week I noticed my one year old had a rash on her skin. I didn’t know what it was from, but a few days after the rash appeared she felt REALLY warm. So I took her temperature and it was 100.5. I checked it again about two hours later and it had jumped to 102.1!
I knew I needed to do something to help her get rid of her fever, but I didn’t want to give her any medicine. In our culture the first thing we do when our babies have a fever is give them a fever-reducer like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. There is a problem with doing this though: the fever is our bodies way of fighting off infection, so a fever is actually a sign that our bodies are doing what they’re supposed to! I would probably only give her a fever-reducer if her temperature was extremely high. For a fever of 102, giving medicine was not my first response. So what did I do instead?
I gave her a detox bath!
The purpose of a detox bath is to rid the body of toxins, so it can work wonders when you’re sick! I gave my daughter a detox bath before I put her to bed. She nursed all through the night (which is what she normally does when she’s sick... it’s liquid gold, y’all!) and I was continually feeling her skin. She felt pretty warm almost all night but sometime before morning, her fever broke! I credit the detox bath + the constant nursing for getting rid of her fever.
Detox Bath Recipe:
• 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt (unscented!) • 1/4 cup baking soda
• 3-4 drops of Essential Oils (we used Thieves; use this or others at your own discretion)
• Keep them in at least 20 minutes
• Only use soap if it’s completely natural/toxin-free as their pores are wide open! (We use Dr. Bronners)
• When doing any type of detox make sure your babies drink plenty of water (and breast milk if you‘re nursing)
• This recipe is for your littles as well as for you!
Even though my daughter was sick, she loved playing in the bath water so it was no problem keeping her in there for awhile! We actually only stayed in for 10 minutes instead of 20 because I had her in the sink, so the amount of water was smaller than would be in a bathtub. I didn’t want to overdo it with her little body; it worked nonetheless!
The next time your baby is sick, I hope you try this helpful trick out and that it works for your family as well as it did for mine! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message!