This herbal foot soak recipe is simple, inexpensive, and fantastic. Use it and these other home foot care tips to treat and pamper your abused summer feet.
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! Today I share three home foot care strategies I use to pamper my feet.
Home Foot Care for Worn Out Feet
For me, the end of the Summer means it’s time to hide my feet! The long flip flop season leaves them dry and tired, with cracks everywhere; and that makes me insecure. But I also love to wear my flip flops until the snow flies. Time to implement the late-summer foot treatment!
Whether your feet pound the pavement running 5K’s, chase kids around outdoors, dry out in the hot beach sand or hike up mountains (like Matt), this foot soak recipe will rejuvenate your summer feet.
Herbal Foot Soak Recipe
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 recipe:
- 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 the 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. You can also use an old nylon as a sachet, just tie the top into a knot.
3. Place sachet into a foot bath or bucket filled with warm water.
4. Put your feet into the foot soak recipe and relax!
Note: Essential oils can be substituted for dried herbs. Drip about 15-20 drops of oil into 1 gallon of water for a foot bath. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.)
Are your feet feeling better? We’re not done yet!
Exfoliate After the Foot Soak
Immediately after soaking in the foot soak recipe, dry your feet and prepare 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 soaking your feet in the foot soak recipe, and smoothing them 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.
You should also check out our other homemade foot soak.
If you have a great foot soak recipe share your ideas with the community below!