Natural Treats for Fab Feet

Our feet have a lot to put up with - they carry our body weight, get squashed into shoes, and are often neglected until they start giving us problems.  Why not treat your feet to a little pampering at home?  There's no need to spend a fortune or use unnecessary chemicals when you can use fresh or dried herbs, pure aromatherapy oils and a few basic products from your food cupboard.

 

 

 

Footbaths

A soothing footbath is a traditional method for easing tired feet.  Keep a bowl especially for your footbath, and soak for around 10-15 minutes.

Herbal Footbath

Make an infusion of peppermint leaves, marigold, rose or lavender flowers to revive tired feet.  Take a teapot with a close fitting lid and add your chosen herbs, using around 25g of dried herbs or 50g of fresh herbs to each 500ml of water.  Pour on boiling water and leave to infuse for at least ten minutes.  Strain the infusion through a fine sieve, add to a bowl filled with warm water, pop your feet in and relax.

Aromatherapy Footbath

Add 3-4 drops of essential oil to a bowl of hand-hot water and mix well.  Use Lavender to relax and soothe, Peppermint to cool and revive, or Tea Tree to help heal minor cuts, blisters or infections.

De-Tox Footbath

A footbath containing half a cup of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) can be used to help remove toxins from the body.  It's important to rest and drink plenty of water after using Epsom Salts, and check first with your GP if you have cardiovascular disease or are pregnant.

Cider Vinegar Footbath

To soften hard skin on your feet, try adding half a cup of cider vinegar to your footbath.

You can add a few smooth pebbles or marbles to any footbath to massage and exercise your feet.  Roll them under your feet, paying attention to any areas of stiffness and try picking them up with your toes!

Removing Hard Skin

Areas of hard skin can be uncomfortable to walk on and the skin could even crack and become infected.  Exfoliation not only removes dead skin and smoothes the skin's surface.  It also increases the circulation and stimulates lymph flow.  Hard skin is easier to remove after soaking your feet in warm water.  Use a pumice stone or foot file or make your own skin scrub using salt or sugar mixed with Olive Oil, Rapeseed Oil - or any other plant-based oil you have in your kitchen cupboard.  The oil will also moisturise your feet and keep the skin supple and healthy.  Apply the scrub using small, circular movements and rinse thoroughly.

Massage

When your feet are fresh, exfoliated and dried, give them an extra moisturising treatment by applying a massage oil or rich moisture cream, put on cotton socks and allow the oil or cream to soak into the skin.  You can make your own massage oil by adding essential oils to 10ml of Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed or Olive Oil.  For tired or aching feet use 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil, or to relax you at the end of the day and help you to sleep, use 2-3 drops of Lavender oil.

 

For more information on the safe use of essential oils at home, please see my Basic Aromatherapy page.