There's nothing like sinking down deeply into a warm bath.
For centuries, people have used baths to heal, restore and re-centre. In fact, the entire field of thermal medicine revolves around the therapeutic effects of bathing. Even ancient philosophers, including Hippocrates and Plato, heralded the many benefits of hydrotherapy.
Thankfully, modern plumbing allows us to enjoy a hot bath right in the comfort of our own homes.
One of the most luxurious and transformative ways to enjoy this experience? Incorporate a clay bath into your routine!
Do you already have sodium bentonite in your medicine cabinet? If so, it's likely the star ingredient in your favourite at-home facial.
Read on to learn how a few scoops of this do-all clay can transform your next bath into a luxurious detoxifying experience you'll want to enjoy time and again.
Why Soak in a Bentonite Clay Bath?
Sodium bentonite clay is volcanic ash that settled on the seabed and became compressed over time.
Featuring a high colloidal value, it's excellent at absorbing toxins from anything it touches. That's why it's such a powerful player in a variety of face masks, as it helps gently draw out bacteria, dead skin cells, and other complexion contaminants.
Want to experience these detoxifying benefits all over your body? A clay detox bath is an ideal way to go.
To some degree, your lymphatic system is designed to detoxify. Its purpose is to capture the toxins, heavy metals, free radicals, and poisons around you, and expel them to your colon. The only problem? If you're constipated in the slightest, these toxins are re-released back into your bloodstream.
This is where bentonite clay can make a world of difference.
While you soak in the warm water, the clay goes to work absorbing the toxins from your skin. Rather than forcing them out (like a sauna would do), the clay particles actually absorb the toxins into their own molecules. Without getting too scientific, this works because toxins carry positive electrons and clay particles carry negative ones. This allows the clay to draw the toxins outward.
Sourcing Your Bentonite Clay
In your research, you'll come across myriad different sources of bentonite clay. However, before bathing in any type of clay, make sure to source it from a clean, uncontaminated source.
While it might be readily available, not all kinds are created equal. It's important to use only the purest form, such as our 100% natural, food-grade Australian Sodium Bentonite from Queensland, Australia. As it's extremely effective in attracting heavy metals away from your body, compromised clay can have negative health effects. Thus, it's important to make sure the supplier you select is reputable and verified.
How to Draw a Relaxing, Detoxifying Clay Bath
Are you feeling a little worn-down? Even minor muscle aches can become a burden over time. If you have 20 minutes, a bentonite clay bath can work wonders.
This invigorating, restorative soak can stimulate your lymphatic system, helping you press the "reset" button and reclaim your general wellness. The best part? You don't need to have a ton of ingredients on hand.
Begin by running a bathtub full of very warm water. While the water is running, grab a non-metal bowl.
In the bowl, gradually mix three to four cups of sodium bentonite clay with warm water until the mixture becomes smooth. Then, slowly pour this mixture into the bath of warm water.
That's it! Try to soak for at least 20 minutes to allow the clay to do its job and provide a thorough detox. To ensure you stay hydrated, keep a glass of water close by and take frequent sips.
When you get out of the bath, you might want to rinse off quickly in the shower to remove any stuck-on particles still attached to your skin. Once you're clean, be sure to dry thoroughly and moisturize your skin.
Mix-Ins for Enhanced Detoxification
On its own, a warm clay bath is a great way to detox in under half an hour. It's a simple, easy at-home treatment that rivals some of the fanciest spa services around, for a fraction of the cost!
If you're feeling fancy, you can also add a few other ingredients to your bath to amplify its effects and add even more healing properties.
Let's take a look at a few of our favourite mix-ins!
Apple Cider Vinegar
The high acidity of apple cider vinegar is ideal for softening, exfoliating and soothing even the driest, itchiest skin. It can also help restore its natural pH balance. It's even naturally antibacterial and antifungal, making it powerful in the fight against acne.
You can learn more about the other skin benefits of apple cider vinegar here. Try adding one cup into your clay bath tonight!
We source our natural Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) directly from Germany. They're 100% natural with no additives, and the purest form available. Vital to nerve and muscle function, magnesium is one nutrient that most people are deficient in.
When you add Epsom salts to your clay bath, the magnesium is absorbed through your skin. This way, it can help internally treat sore muscles, skin conditions, and more. Add two cups of these salts to your clay bath, doubling the quantity for an oversized garden tub.
As long as you stick to 100% pure, natural versions, essential oils can also be great additions to your bath. Try incorporating a few drops of lavender oil to reduce inflammation and encourage hormonal balance. Other detoxifying oils include:
- Ylang ylang
Indulge in a Bentonite Clay Bath Tonight
Now that you know a few of the top benefits that a sodium bentonite clay bath can provide, are you ready to enjoy one for yourself?
You don't need much to get started. A few scoops of clay can make a powerful difference. Soon, you'll be adding it into your regular beauty regimen!
When you're ready to really amplify your bathtime routine, we'd love to help. Our online shop is full of food salts, salt blocks, bath salts and more, all derived from pure and natural sources you can feel good about.
Have any questions about our products? Want to discover new ways to use them? Reach out to us and let's connect