December 19 2018 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
As women, it is notoriously well-known that we stay on our feet. From full-time mothers and high-achieving professionals, we spend a lot of time each day on our feet. Over time we accumulate blisters, sores, cuts and swollen feet and by the end of the day many of us will know the familiar feeling of aching feet that signify a day well spent.
And with all of that said, a lot of women fall flat on self-pampering in the process of having to multi-task between commitments from career, home and family. In many instances going for regular pedicures is hardly a consideration. Plus, pedicures can be rather time consuming and costly, which is why natural DIY foot soaks are not only cost effective, but simply amazing because you are in the comfort of your own home.
Benefits of Making Your Own Recipe?
The art and benefits of foot-soaking has been around for centuries. Long before we could buy electric foot spas and fancy bubble bath, people have been soaking their feet. Simply soaking your feet in shallow warm water helps improve blood flow and circulation and promotes deep relaxation. If you have just 10 minutes to spare each day, soaking your feet is one of the most beneficial things you can do to encourage good health and well-being.
To soak your feet, you don’t need any special ingredients or tools; a simple shallow bucket or bowl and some warm water is all that is required. Your bowl will need to be deep enough to fully submerge both feet and the water should be warm but not scalding. The length of time you remain with your feet submerged in water does not matter, but when the water begins to cool either top it up or replace it entirely with more warm water.
How to Make Your Own Natural Recipes
- Listerine + Vinegar
This is an interesting twist on simple Listerine foot bath, which is supposed to not only soften your skin but help eliminate dead skin without using any sharp tools. The dead skin should practically wipe off. Combine 1 part of gold or amber Listerine with 1 part of vinegar and 2 parts of water and soak for at least 10 minutes. Vinegar helps exfoliate skin easily.
- Tea tree + Mint
This is a simple yet refreshing foot exfoliator. Grab a handful of sea salt and put it into a bow. Add about two tablespoons of olive oil and few drops of tea tree and peppermint oil each into your bowl. Mix these ingredients well and scrub it on your feet. In the case of a cracked heel, a slight sting might be noticed upon scrubbing, don’t worry and get nervous about that. It’s the work of the salt and tea tree oil, which are responsible for killing any bacteria found on skin
- Lemon juice + Powdered tea
This is an antioxidant citrus foot soak combo that nourishes the skin and promotes good blood circulation beneath your toe nails. All that you must do is prepare a basin of warm water and squeeze out the juice of half a lemon. Then add half a cup of powdered tea and soak your feet in this solution for 20-25 minutes. You can also place some slices of lemon or orange in the soak.
Homemade Foot Detox
There are several recipes to help detoxify your body using foot bath. Most popular ingredients for detox soak are
- Epsom salts,
- freshly grated ginger,
- baking soda,
For Epsom salts: add one cup of Epsom salts to your hot foot bath and proceed as usual.
For ginger: slice two small ginger roots and pour four cups of hot boiling water over them. Let sit for about 15 minutes then add this ginger water in your foot bath. It is possible to replace freshly grated ginger with ginger powder although fresh ginger is more potent.
For baking soda: dissolve 3 Tbsp of baking soda in your basin and soak for as long as you like.