Our feet can take us to different places, near or far, so that we can explore new things. They work hard for us every single day. That’s why it is only fitting that we take good care of them. A foot bath is an effective and inexpensive way to tend to our feet. Of course, the experience isn’t complete without foot spa oils.
Foot spa oils are simply essential oils for the feet, or more popularly known as foot soak. Foot soaks are a blend of salts, essential oils, and methylsulfonylmethane. The result is a solid compound that looks like table salt.
Foot soaks are known to have therapeutic and medicinal effects. When used on your feet, they can help fight Athlete’s foot, bad odor, itchiness, fungal infections, soreness, and dryness of the soles. These foot spa oils are very comforting, and are ideally used after a hard day’s work.
Foot Spa Oils - DIY Style
Not into pre-made ones and want to do it yourself instead? Below are some of the best ways to use DIY foot soaks. They are rather simple and do not take a lot of time to prepare:
Make Your Own Foot Bath
- Prepare a container that’s large enough for both your feet.
- Fill container with lukewarm water.
- Add some Epsom salt and about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Soak your feet in the mixture for about 30 minutes.
Make Your Own Foot Scrub
A foot scrub is a fantastic way to relieve the feet from soreness. It also improves blood flow, as well as gets rid of dead skin cells and calluses.
- Prepare a mixture of ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup olive oil, and about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Exfoliate for around 10 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Make Your Own Foot Moisturizer
This method moisturizes your feet and fights off leftover bacteria. It’s also an effective way to soften and heal the feet after a long day’s work.
- Combine 1 tbsp. olive oil with roughly 10 drops of your preferred essential.
- Wipe on the toes and the soles of your feet.
- Gently massage.
Make Your Own Foot Powder
Keep your feet cool and fresh by creating your own foot powder from foot spa oils.
- Prepare 3 tsp. baking soda, 1 tbsp. olive oil, about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and mix them thoroughly.
- Apply on feet.
CAUTION: Do not use if you have foot ulcer.
Essential Oil Choices
Choosing the right essential oil can be a daunting task if you haven’t used any of them before. There are just so many to choose from. To narrow down your choices, simply look for one of the popular fragrances mentioned below:
- Lavender – highly effective in alleviating soreness and muscle pain
- Rosemary – contains antiseptic properties; often used in treating foot pain.
- Eucalyptus – has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities; has a cooling effect; stress reliever
- Tea Tree – used in treating skin inflammation; highly effective against athlete’s foot and insect bites
- Peppermint – has anti-inflammatory properties; has a cooling effect; natural pain reliever