The Medicinal Bath

The use of water and bathing for health purposes plays a strong role in the history of human medicine. In fact, the many fathers of Naturopathic medicine each utilized water as the foundation of their healing practices. 

There are many ways to use water as medicinal therapy; hot, cold, soaking, spraying, packing, wrapping and of course, bathing. 

Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, bathing is very effective in assisting the body with detoxification and remineralization. Bathing in pregnancy can help to increase immune system health and reduce and limit the impact of; pain, stress, mood swings, blood pressure. Depending on what is added to the bath, many other health concerns can be addressed on a case by case basis as well.

Preparing the bath

If you are not using well water, or your bath water is not filtered, you may want to consider properly preparing your bath. Added chemicals, especially chlorine, may be counterproductive to our purposes.  If you are using unfiltered city water, taking a bath with that water is much better than taking a shower with the same water. This is due to the off steaming of the chemicals. This is reduced with bathing. 


  • Keep your water heater set on high
  • Use a filter for your shower head and fill the tub with that or use a ball filter for your bath spigot.  If using the ball, move the ball through the water after the tub is full.
  • If running the shower be sure to have the fan on and the window open
  • Fill the bath using the hottest water possible. When the tub is full, let it stand until it reaches an appropriate bathing temperature. This will help to steam off most of the concerning chemicals. 
  • Add 4 tablespoons of vitamin C or ascorbic acid to the water. This will help to neutralize any remaining chemicals. 
  • Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to the water. This will help to adjust the pH of the water. 
  • Add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to the water. This also helps to adjust the pH of the water, is beneficial for the skin and aids in gentle detoxification.
  • Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the bath. If you are new to epsom salts, start with 1 cup and slowly work your way up. 2 cups is for a standard bath. You can use up to a pound when not pregnant and need to address a specific illness or injury. The modern diet is very deficient in magnesium. Soaking in epsom salts is a wonderful way to get the magnesium that your metabolic system and muscles need to do their jobs. Aids in pain reduction. Supports healthy blood pressure and a strong immune system. 

--40 drops of grapefruit seed extract--10 drops of geranium oil--10 drops of lavender oil can be added to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (or mixed into a tablespoon of sea salt) and put in the bath to discourage growth of Group-Beta-Strep. Be sure to also follow the GBS Prevention Guideline. 

Tip: I purchase 50 lb bags of epsom salt from Azure co-op. This is available through our online Family Group. I put about 40 pounds of the epsom salts about 1 pound of ascorbic acid and 1 pound of baking soda into a medium sized galvanized tub that I purchased at a local hardware store. This tub is kept next to my bath for easy access.