Do your feet need some special treatment? They are one of the most worn parts of our bodies, yet many neglect them paying the little to no attention.
What’s up with that? Our feet deserve better!
For me, the end of the summer means dry, tired, cracked feet that I’m shy to feature opting instead to hide with socks. But I also love to wear my flip flops until the snow flies. Time to implement the late-summer foot treatment!
Whether your feet have been pounding the pavement running 5K’s, chasing kids around outdoors, being dried out by the hot sand on the beach, or hiking up mountains (like Matt), your feet are sure to benefit from special treatment.
Use these ideas to rejuvenate your summer feet.
Herbal Foot Soak
Let your feet drink up this hot tea for tootsies!
1. Choose one or a combination of the following dried herbs for your foot soak:
- or any other herb you think would be soothing or invigorating for tired feet! (Buy bulk organic herbs here.)
2. Place a few tablespoons of whole, dried herbs into the center of a few layers of cheesecloth. Gather corners and tie at the top with string or yarn to create a sachet. The toe of an old nylon can also be used for a sachet, and the top can easily be tied into a knot.
3. Place sachet into a foot bath or bucket filled with warm water.
4. Soak feet and relax!
Note: Essential oils can be substituted for dried herbs. Drip about 15-20 drops of oil into 1 gallon of water for foot bath. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.)
Are your feet feeling better? We’re not done yet!
Immediately after soaking and drying feet is the best time to slough away dead skin and soften any callouses or rough spots. Depending on the shape your feet are in, you may choose an exfoliating tool (pumice stone, foot file) or an exfoliating scrub (sugar/salt scrubs) to get the job done. My rough, neglected feet often require the work of a foot file (different from those scary metal callous shavers), which are usually two-sided with a coarse and fine sandpaper-like material so you can really smooth out problem areas quickly.
After your feet are smoothed out, doesn’t an invigorating foot massage sound good? My feet are too ticklish to allow anyone else to rub, but if you can handle it, go ahead and recruit someone who has some spare time and a gentle touch! Have your favorite moisturizing foot lotion on hand, or try the following foot massage oil recipe!
Fabulous Foot Massage Oil
- 3 tablespoons oil - use one or a combination of grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba, or sunflower oil
- 10-12 drops eucalyptus and/or peppermint essential oil (my favorite blend is 5 drops eucalyptus, 7 drops peppermint)
Add all ingredients to a small squirt bottle and shake well to blend before using. Squirt 3-4 drops into palm and rub palms together to warm oil before massaging feet. Continue massaging until oil is absorbed and feet are refreshed. Cover feet with a pair of cotton socks for a few hours to achieve maximum softness! Label your bottle well and store massage oil in a cool dark place.
Warning: Essential oils are pure plant extracts, and are very powerful. As always, use caution when handling, and perform a patch test before using an essential oil that is new for you. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your trusted health care provider before using essential oils.
Wake Up Tired Feet
So don’t put away those sandals and flip flops yet, just because your feet might look sad and tired. Take some time to thank your feet for the miles they’ve taken you this summer and try a DIY foot treatment.
If you have a great at-home foot treatment, share your ideas with the community below!