From before the time of Queen Esther, people have been enjoying cleansing and detox baths for vitality, purification, and healing. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans enjoyed lavish baths in community pools, springs, and rivers. Cleansing pools were often filled with herbs and healing aromatic oils. Both cold and hot baths were used depending on the need. Salts, seawater, and various clays have also been used for thousands of years to aid the body in the cleansing and purification process.
An interesting piece of literature is a commentary written over 200 years ago by Adam Clarke on the purification process mentioned in the book of Esther 2:12.
As history tells it, Esther enjoyed six months of oil of myrrh and the six months of sweet odors of other medicinal plants.
“The reason of this purification seems not to be apprehended by any writer I have seen. The most beautiful of all the young virgins of all the provinces of Babylon were to be selected; and these were taken out of all classes of the people, indiscriminately; consequently, there must have been many who were brought up in low life. Now we know that those who feed on coarse strong food, which is not easily digested, have generally a copious perspiration, which is strongly odorous; and in many, though in every respect amiable, and even beautiful, this odor is far from being pleasant. Pure, wholesome, easily digested, and nourishing aliment, with the frequent use of the hot bath, continued for twelve months, the body frequently rubbed with olive oil, will in almost every case remove all that is disagreeable of this kind. This treatment will give a healthy action to all the subcutaneous vessels, and in every respect promote health and comfort.” Adam Clarke
Today we have many options available. Below are just a few baths I have enjoyed over the years. Please note that this is not a scientific write-up, instead, it is a listing of baths I have created and or enjoyed over the years with positive benefits. As always please discuss any changes to your health and treatment plans with a qualified practitioner. What works for me may not work for you although in our case these baths have worked for many of our family and friends.
Below is an explanation of how I prepare my baths and what I use. To read another article on herbal baths that I posted a few years back please click here.
Dandelion & Burdock Root Bath: ½ cup burdock root & ½ cup dandelion root/leaves. Simmered for 30 minutes then strained into a bathtub with warm water.
I have used this bath over the years to stimulate digestion and as an overall detox bath. Both these herbs help clean the blood, purify the liver, and increase the output of urine by the kidneys. After bathing in these herbs, it is normal to urinate frequently for a few hours following the bath.
Apple Cider Vinegar Lemon Bath: 2 cups apple cider vinegar & the juice of one small lemon mixed into a bathtub with hot water. A fantastic bath to eliminate body odor in teens, lol. Also has proven great for muscle aches, sprains, and skin blemishes in our family.
Epsom Salts Bath: 1–3 cups Epsom salts poured into the bathtub with very warm/hot water. One of my favorite baths to help with pain, inflammation, swelling, and environmental triggers. The Epsom salts are high in magnesium sulfate which is absorbed by the skin and has helped me with circulation and blood pressure. Rinse well after bath to remove toxins excreted.
A fun fact is that these salts were originally produced by boiling down mineral waters at Epsom, England, hence the name.
Baking Soda Bath: 1-3 cups of baking soda dissolved in the bathtub with hot water. (Note-I sometimes add in 3 cups of Epsom salt to this mix for pain and inflammation)
I often don’t wear my natural deodorant because taking these baths a few times a week helps me eliminate the funk. For our family, it works wonders at eliminating body order during hot summer months. I have also used this bath to rid my body of junk or a reaction after being exposed to anesthesia, environmental toxins, MRI’s, and X-rays.
Bentonite Clay Bath: 1 cup liquid bentonite clay dissolved into bath water or 2 cups powdered bentonite clay mixed in a bowl with warm water and applied under the arms. Bentonite is amazing at drawing out toxins from the body especially heavy metals and radiation, this is due to its negatively charged molecules. When I could not drink it for its healing benefits I used it in bathwater.
When using I place the clay on all glands and sit in the bath for 30 minutes to an hour then shower off. Just be sure to scrape all the clay out of the tub so it does not go down your drain as it can clog pipes when it drys. (Note-Bentonite reacts with metal so do not use metal utensils when scooping or pouring clay mixture, using plastic or wood is preferred.)
Other favorites for me are organic thyme and rose petal baths and magnesium crystal baths.
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