Simple Detox: Himalayan Bath Salts

Simple Detox: Himalayan Bath Salts

Pink Himalayan Bath Salts are not the most easy-to-find detox medium, but this multi-purpose salt is well worth the special order. Aside from a luxurious and toxin-sucking soak, these salts make an ideal table salt substitute and can even be made into a salt-saturated internal tonic. Not to mention their deep pink hues make them one of the prettiest raw materials I’ve ever seen.

If you’re looking for a little more info on exactly how detox salt baths generally work, check out last week’s blog about Epsom salt baths. A Himalayan Salt bath is a bit different from Epsom Salts and require a few specific changes to the general regimen.

Simple Detox: Himalayan Bath Salts

I made this special Toning Detox Bath formula with essential oils of Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lavender and Sage. This blend increases circulation and dissolves hardened fat cells.

Why Himalayan Salt?

Himalayan salts are said to contain 84 essential minerals that not only make skin baby-soft, but also efficiently detox the entire body. A strong Himalayan Salt bath (1-2 full pounds of salt per bath) is claimed to be the equivalent of a 3-day fats in terms of detoxification. Of course this can’t be confirmed, but I’ve done several of these baths and definitely believe it. As good as this salt makes you feel, it can be very draining compared to other detox baths. I’d like to think this is due to its mega-detox powers. Himalayan Salt and can be ordered in a variety of “grinds.” I recommend a fine grind because it dissolves faster and doubles as table salt.

There are also many reported benefits of a Himalayan Salt Sole, which is essentially water saturated with salt. You’re supposed to take 1 tsp of the sole in a glass of water every morning upon rising. I love Himalayan Salt and I tried this method, but I could not get over the slightly salty blood-reminiscent taste of the sole, even diluted in a full glass of water. I’m sure some of you are more brave than I, but I’ll stick with getting my internal fix by sprinkling it on my eggs.

Simple Detox: Himalayan Bath Salts

Himalayan Salt Detox Bath


Himalayan Salt baths are intended to be taken at or just above body temperature, but can still pose a risk. If at any time you feel light headed or dizzy, add cool water to the tub or put a cold wash cloth on your head. Drink LOTS of water. Get out of the tub very slowly. If you have any medical conditions, check with your doctor before performing any kind of detox. Hot baths are not recommended for people with high blood pressure.

This salt is by far my most favorite detox medium and is definitely worth the special order, if only to look at those pretty pink crystals up close.

Simple Detox: Himalayan Bath Salts
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  • 1 Cup Himalayan Salt (normal bath) -or- 1-2 lbs (about 2-4 cups) Himalayan Salt (STRONG bath)
  • 1 Gallon of cool water with ice and lemon (lemon aids detoxification)
  • Bowl of ice water and wash cloth (optional, for hot baths)
  • 3-4 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil or oil of choice (optional)


  1. Shower and wash thoroughly before taking a detox bath.
  2. Fill your tub with water that is about 98-100 degrees, just at or slightly above body temperature. This allows for maximum absorption and will also make you sweat. If you prefer hot baths, then enjoy it hot. You'll still experience an effective detox.
  3. Dissolve Himalayan salts in the tub as it's filling. If your salts are chunky, you may need to let them sit overnight in a large pot of water to fully dissolve. If using essential oils, add them to the running water as your tub fills.
  4. Soak in the tub for as long as feels comfortable, 40 minutes is generally recommended.
  5. Remember to stay hydrated! You probably wont drink the entire gallon of water, but it’s good to have around just in case.
  6. When you’re finished, drain the tub and get out slowly. Some weakness is to be expected.
  7. Some people recommend showering again after the detox bath, others say that it’s best to air dry, letting the mineral-rich water soak into your skin.

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  1. Aubrey says

    Do you guys have stores like TJ Maxx out there? I found pink salt as well as some I’ve never heard of before, like black salt and smoked salt.

  2. Kai-Ya says

    Hi, thanks for making this nice website and making information available to everyone. I have a question about these baths. I live in a country where epson salts are very hard to come by, but Himalayan salts are common. Can you tell us anything about the differences between the two salts? Are they completely interchangeable? Epson salts also are useful for liver cleanses and have gardening applications, for example, and I’m not sure if I can use himalayan crystals in these ways. Thanks!

  3. says

    Hi all, I just saw your posts and I can clear some stuff up for you . The most important Info on Himalayan Salt is where it is mined. I do sell Himalayan Salt Products for quite a few years and have been researching the products for 6 years.
    The deeper under the Earth the salt comes from , the higher the quality of the salt. Epsom salts have approx. 13 trace minerals and Himalayan Salt mined 5,000 ft under the Earth has over 90 trace minerals (we still say 84 trace minerals). So For a Detox Bath, Himalayan Salt is far better using 2 pounds. For Sole, do not use Epsom Salt. I hope this helps !

  4. Jutta P. says

    I had seriously never head of these before! I have used Epsom, but never heard of Himalayan. I will definitely look into though as it looks heavenly. I wonder if it’s safe to use while pregnant?!

  5. marie_s says

    love your blog

    i tried it with one lb of himalayan salt (hs) and will try two later

    how do you know which has better quality of hs though?

  6. Simon. E says

    I tried your recommendation on how to make up the simple detox himlayan bath and lasted the full 40 mins. I used about 3 cups so prob about 1 and a half pounds. The only thing I noticed is that even after 40mins it didn’t all dissolve and seems a bind to let it drain away and i was I believe fine grind. What do you recommend to use post detox bath…and ideally how often would you advise to use the detox bath

  7. Susan says

    Hi I love these salts, I buy in bulk and mix with fragrance oil , I find the courser ones make prettier gifts but have to come with directions. I place salts in bathtub full with hot water just covering salts and let sit for 10(min) usually enough time to have a cup of tea, then fill tub up the rest of way,with I prefer hot bath water ,the salts need to be hand swooshed around as tub is filling or after be filled. I find all dissolve well u do have to rinse tub after as they can stain tub. (Easily removed w/bleach or cleaning agent) also I advise a light rinsing after because salt does dry skin if left to air dry – !

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