Why Should I Use Foot Soaks?
There is no question that foot soaks are an essential part of any treatment for the feet and toenails. There’s a reason why most pedicures start with a nice, long soak for your feet. Foot soaks help soothe aching muscles, hydrate the skin, relieve pain from standing, get rid of swelling and calluses, and help prevent the growth of bacteria under the toenails and in cracks that appear in dry feet.
Here is an in-depth look at the ingredients in these treatments, and how you can use them from the comfort of your own house.
How Do Essential Oils Enhance Foot Soaks?
Used individually or combined, essential oils all play important roles in repairing and restoring the skin’s natural pH levels, moisture levels, and overall feel and look of your feet. Here are some benefits of essential oils:
1. Cedar Wood Essential Oil
This essential oil foot soak has excellent antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s a great oil to use for the treatment of Athlete’s Foot.
2. Cypress Essential Oil
Both a natural deodorant and an antiseptic, Cypress Oil can help get rid of blisters on the feet and also tackles the problem with smelly feet.
3. Juniper Berry Essential Oil
We love Juniper Berry Oil because it helps to relieve muscle aches especially the kind caused by arthritis.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is a top choice for relaxation, but it’s also a natural pain reliever which is great for soothing aching muscles and joints.
5. Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil helps soothe tired muscles and also has antiseptic properties, so it’s a top choice for just about any foot soak.
6. Wintergreen Essential Oil
This is a natural aspirin of sorts and helps to relieve pain and swelling. Wintergreen essential oil also has a cooling sensation which works wonders on tired feet.
7. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree has natural deodorizing and anti-fungal properties which is why it’s a great choice to add to any foot soaks to help get rid of foul odor and also keep your feet clean and fresh. It disinfects and has excellent antiseptic properties. This is just one of the many essential oils we use in our Total Foot Care System.
8. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint foot soak benefits the skin, by increasing circulation and promoting new cell growth. The cooling effect also helps to keep your feet feeling and smelling fresh all day.
10. Olive Oil
Although this isn’t an essential oil per se, we still think it’s essential to use for foot TLC because it’s rich in minerals and vitamins and also has wound healing properties and is great at disinfecting.
11. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s also an analgesic. It works great for inflammation, burns, and rashes.
12. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is a strong bactericidal and also has antiviral properties. It helps relieve aches and pains but should be avoided if you have high blood pressure, suffer from epilepsy, or if you’re pregnant.
13. Top Tip for Soaks containing Essential Oils
You might want to consider adding one teaspoon of either milk or vegetable oil into the foot soak if you’re using essential oils to help better incorporate the oils into the water.
What are the Benefits of Using Epsom Salts?
Epsom salt is not actually salt at all, but rather a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium (the main component of Epsom salts) helps regulate the activity of over 325 different enzymes. It also helps reduce inflammation, helps muscle and nerve function and helps prevent the hardening of arteries. Sulfates improve the absorption of nutrients, help flush out toxins, and help soothe the pain.
Epsom salts reduce stress and relax the body by boosting serotonin production, upping the levels of feel-good hormones in the body. Because magnesium stimulates ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production, Epsom salts also help increase energy and stamina. Additionally, Epsom salts relieve inflammation and help heal cuts and wounds faster while softening the skin and neutralizing foot odor.
Using Essential Oils and Epsom Salt for Foot Soaks
Adding Epsom salts and essential oils to your daily routine greatly enhance your skincare regimen. If you have no clue where to start, here are some top tips for incorporating essential oils and Epsom salts into your day:
1. The Cleansing Foot Soak
This foot soak is excellent for cleansing the feet and helping to prevent foot ulcers, infections, and inflammations. You’ll need:
- 1 cup of Dead Sea Salts or plain Epsom salts
- 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 2 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
This mix makes enough for about 7 foot soaks, so it’s enough for one whole week of everyday use.
When you’re ready to use, pour hot water into a foot tub and then mix in one tablespoon of the oil mix into the water. Submerge your feet, and let them soak for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
2. The Antimicrobial Foot Powder
Foot powder is great because it keeps your feet cool and absorbs excessive sweat. While you can use any kind of absorbent powder for this mix such as white clay, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder, we like to use baking soda because it’s inexpensive and usually a pantry item.
For the powder, you’ll need:
- 3 Tablespoons of absorbent powder
- 3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Mix the oils into the powder and make sure it’s thoroughly mixed. Before you put on your shoes, dust your feet with the powder and also shake a little powder into your socks to keep your feet cool and dry all day long.
3. The Anti-Inflammatory Foot Oil
This oil blend gently soothes itchy, irritated, cracked and dry feet
For the mix, you’ll need:
- 6 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
- 6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mix all of the ingredients together and store the mixture in a glass bottle. Whenever your feet need a little TLC, gently rub the mixture onto your feet before putting on socks.
4. Tea Tree Oil and Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Much the same as the idea of soaking your entire body in a bathtub, the foot soak targets just your tootsies.
For soaking, add ½ a cup of Epsom salt to a foot tub of warm water, and then soak your feet in the solution for at least 20 minutes. Dry your feet properly and then gently massage them with 2 drops of peppermint essential oil mixed into your favorite foot balm to keep them cool and fresh all day. If you're short on time or you're not into DIY type recipes, there is a fourth solution, and that is Gold Mountain Beauty Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsom salts.
It’s easy to create your own D.I.Y foot spa using just a few household ingredients and some great essential oils. Go ahead and give your tootsies some much needed TLC to have your feet feel like they are walking on clouds.