Detox Bath Recipe (with magnesium flakes)

Want to make your own bath mix that’s relaxing and good for you? Our detox bath recipe is an easy one to mix up and keep on hand.

Detox baths have been a bit of a trend the last several years. But the idea of eliminating toxins to rejuvenate health has been long practiced throughout the world.

There is a long history of detoxification in places like China, India, ancient Egypt, and early Native American culture, for example.

It was (and is) a common belief that certain things our bodies store from our food or our environment were not good for us, and needed to be “flushed” from time to time.

Of course, there are more invasive ways for this to happen- some of which are pretty wild (and dangerous) by modern standards.

But fortunately, there are safe and simple ways to enjoy the benefits of detoxification, such as by taking a bath!

Note: this post is informational only and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult a health professional about any topical ingredients you have questions about, including essential oils.

Uses for Detox Bath Recipe

So why would someone want to take a “detox bath”, anyhow? There are several good reasons, actually. Here are some common ones:

  • When fighting a virus (flushing toxins to help boost immune system)
  • To draw out environmental toxins for overall health
  • To mitigate negative effects of certain medical treatments or medicines
  • To reduce stress and tension
  • To relieve pain (including headaches)
  • To aid in better sleep

I don’t know about you, but I’m a firm believer in taking charge of your health and not relying on allopathic medicine for every ailment.

Before I head to the doctor, I try to think about what I already have around the house- or from my garden- that might help me to feel better. A detox bath can be an easy, noninvasive thing to do before other measures.

At the very least, when you’re sick or stressed, a warm bath with soothing herbs, minerals and essential oils can be a relaxation aid and provide comfort care.

Benefits of this particular Detox Bath recipe

This detox bath mix uses ginger powder, calendula powder, bentonite clay, magnesium flakes, baking soda, and essential oils. You can swap out many of the ingredients depending on your preferences, or your own knowledge of ingredients you find beneficial for a specific purpose.

Ginger powder– can help with nausea, bloating; helps manage free radicals (antioxidant); anti-inflammatory properties

Calendula powder– anti-inflammatory; used in healing wounds and on rashes

Bentonite clay– very popular for detox properties; antibacterial and anti-inflammatory; can improve skin tone and complexion

Ingredients for detox bath recipe in white ceramic containers on a white countertop.

Magnesium flakes – soothes aching muscles; similar to properties of Epsom salts (both contain magnesium) but magnesium flakes absorbs faster into skin and is more bioavailable. Most people are very magnesium deficient, and it’s a critical nutrient for over 300 processes that help the body function optimally.

Baking soda– another longstanding detoxification agent and has antibacterial properties; used in many homeopathic remedies.

Essential oils – these are optional, but use your favorite oils. Some suggestions for detox are: Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, and Grapefruit.

And keep in mind, it’s a great idea to mix up a batch of this detox bath recipe to have on hand, before you need it!

Detox Bath Recipe

Detox Bath Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A soothing bath mix that can bring relief and relaxation when you're stressed or under the weather.


  • 1/4 cup ginger powder
  • 1/4 cup calendula powder
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay
  • 1/4 cup magnesium flakes
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • essential oils (optional)
  • Small glass container (such as a pint jar)


  1. Mix together all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. If using essential oils, add last to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly with a spoon.
  3. Keep in an airtight (preferably glass) container until ready to use.
  4. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup in a warm bath; as warm as you can handle, and soak for at least 15-20 minutes. *See notes below


*Epsom salts can be used instead of magnesium flakes if needed. See this full post to read about the differences between the two.

*Some essential oils used for detox are Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, and Grapefruit.

*To make the detox bath more effective, pour some apple cider vinegar into the bath as well.

*Make sure to drink plenty of water after taking your bath to replenish your electrolytes you lose when you sweat and flush toxins from your system. 

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