The skin is the largest organ of the
body, and it offers an immense surface area to facilitate efficient removal of
toxins from the body. (It also offers an immense surface area through which to
introduce toxins to the body as well! If you’re putting things on your skin
that you wouldn’t ever put in your mouth, you might want to rethink that
practice. Substances placed on the skin can show up much more quickly in the
blood stream than when those same substances are ingested.)
Detox baths give the skin an opportunity to release toxins into a water, which
the skin can use much more readily than air to effectively transfer toxins out.
Furthermore, detox baths incorporate substances which will readily absorb
toxins, or which provide the body with additional nutrients needed to release
Detoxification is the process of
flushing toxins from the body's organs, including the gallbladder, spleen,
kidneys, intestines and skin. Many alternative and natural health practitioners
believe that the build-up of toxins in these organs can lead to serious diseases
and illnesses, There are many methods that are used to detoxify the body, such
as fasting, enemas, herbs and over-the-counter cleansing kits. Another quick and
easy way to cleanse the body of toxins is a detoxifying bath. Consult with your
physician before using detoxifying bath method for body cleansing
Use plain table salt, mixed into a bath, to remove toxins from the body.
According to Dr. Buchman, 1 cup of coarse table salt, added to bathwater, has a
strong detoxifying effect on the body. Use the salt bath method, in conjunction
with a fast, or as a quick way to cleanse the body after being exposed to
pollution or cigarette smoke. Salt is reputed for its ability to stimulate the
circulation, thus promoting faster removal of waste and toxins that have built
up in the body. Dr. Buchman suggests rubbing salt over the skin to further boost
Use fennel tea to create a detoxifying bath. Dr. Dian Dincin Buchman, author of
"Herbal Medicine," recommends boiling 3 to 4 tbsp. of crushed fennel, bringing
the mixture to a steep and adding the strained liquid to a bath to remove toxins
from the body. According to Michael Castleman, author of "The Healing Herbs,"
the use of fennel can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. In the cleansing and
detoxification process, fennel is reputed for its ability to flush the colon,
promote healing and boost the kidney, spleen and liver function.