A soak, is a soak, is a soak right? Wrong! There’s something very relaxing about a great foot soak that contains some essential oils.
What are foot soaks good for?
- They help soothe aching muscles
- They hydrate the skin
- They relive pain from standing for prolonged periods of time
- They help to get rid of swelling
- They help prevent the growth of bacteria under the toenails and in cracks that appear in dry feet
- They help get rid of calluses
It’s easy to see why most pedicures start with one thing in common…a nice long soak for your feet. Your feet work hard, and you use them every single day, so they deserve some special treatment.
This is a great article about the benefits of essential oil foot soaks
How do Essential Oils enhance foot soaks?
Used individually or combined together, 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 great benefits essential oils bring to the table:
Cedar Wood Essential Oil
This oil has great antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It’s a great oil to use for the treatment of Athlete’s Foot
Cypress Essential Oil
Both a natural deodorant and an antiseptic, Cypress Oil can really help get rid of blisters on the feet and also tackles the problem with smelly feet
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
We love Juniper Berry Oil because it helps to relieve muscle aches, especially the kind caused by arthritis
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
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
Wintergreen Essential Oil
This is a natural aspirin of sorts and helps to relive pain and swelling. Wintergreen essential oil also has a cooling sensation, which works wonders on tired feet
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 great antiseptic properties.
This is just one of many essential oils we use in our Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil helps to purify the skin, increases circulation and promotes new cell growth. The cooling effect also helps to keep your feet feeling and smelling fresh all day
Although this isn’t and essential oil per say, 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.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile has great anti-inflammatory properties and it’s also an analgesic. It works great for inflammation, burns and rashes.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is a strong bactericidal and also has antiviral properties. It helps relieve aches and pains, but should rather be avoided if you have high blood pressure, suffer from epilepsy or if you’re pregnant.
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
That being said, here are our favorite foot soaks and foot treatments containing Essential Oils
1. The Cleansing Foot Soak
This foot soak is great for cleansing the feet and helping to prevent foot ulcers, infections and inflammations
- 1 cup of Dead Sea Salts of 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 stock 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 the let them soak for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
2. The Anti-Microbial 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 lie 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 some of the mixture into your feet before putting on socks.
4. Our Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak
If you're short on time or you're not into DIY type recipes, we'll offer up a fourth solution and that'd Rocky Mountain Essentials Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak.
Wrapping it up
That’s about it for the great benefits that essential oils have when used in a foot soak. There are however cases where just a good soak won’t be enough. These cases include:
- Severe foot pain
- Bleeding, bruising and severe tenderness
- Redness and swelling of the feet
- Diabetes patients that suddenly develop foot pain
- Pain that lasts longer than a week
In these instances, your best bet is to pay a visit to the podiatrist who might be able to pinpoint the problem and get to the root of the cause
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 you happily striding along again in no time
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