Relax Your Feet: 11 Best Homemade Foot Soaks August 19, 2015 – Posted in: Home Left – Tags: , , , , ,

The best thing after a long hard day is a soothing foot soak. Spa days can get expensive though. Here at Doxen & Hue we’ve found a few soaks that will give you the relaxation you need without burning a hole in your pocket.

THE KITCHEN SINK FOOT SOAK

This is the ultimate foot soak that will end all foot soaks. We are listing it first because its a commitment. This is you saying, “I need some serious foot therapy.”

INGREDIENTS

Water
Two drops of lavender essential oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp chopped thyme
1/2 cup crushed mint leaves
1/4 milk
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt

Instructions: Boil the water and let it cool to a skin safe temperature. Add lavender oil and salt. Put your feet in, sit back, and relax.

LAVENDER FOOT SOAK

One of the most popular smells in the world, Lavender will work wonders for all types of skin. This relaxing soak will calm nerves while soothing irritated skin.

INGREDIENTS

Water
Two drops of lavender essential oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp chopped thyme
¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt

Instructions: Boil the water and let it cool to a skin safe temperature. Add lavender oil and salt. Put your feet in, sit back, and relax.

SALTY FOOT SOAK

Salt works as a solution hypertonic, which means that through osmosis it actually forces the excess water out of your feet. This works great for soothing swollen feet and is sensitive enough to use often. Easy to make – ingredients can already be found right in your kitchen.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup sea salt/Epsom salt
Water

Instructions: Dissolve salt into boiling water and let cool to a warm temperature. Pour into large bowl or container and soak feet for 10-15 minutes. Pat dry.

ANTI-BACTERIAL FOOT SOAK

Probably already in your kitchen, baking soda can be used for many things. Great for reducing excessive perspiration, this soak actually helps eliminate bacteria which can cause feet to smell. The rice is to make rice water, which is great to help improve blood circulation. To top it off, it’s oh so relaxing.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup rice
Water
3 tbsp of baking soda

Instructions: Boil rice in enough water to have 2-3 cups of water when complete.  Add baking soda to the rice water and let it cool to a skin safe temperature.  Soak feet for 10-15 minutes or until water is no longer warm. Pat dry.

*Tip: Add Tea Tree oil to help combat any fungal infections or just because it has a nice smell!

INVIGORATING FOOT SOAK

Think Mojito but as a foot soak. This foot soak is the surest way to put the pep back in your step after a long day. It’s invigorating smell and properties will wake those feet right up again.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup crushed mint leaves
A single drop of eucalyptus essential oil
2 tsp lemon juice
Water

Instructions: Boil the water and allow it to cool down a bit. Add essential oils and ingredients. Soak feet 10-15 minutes or until the water is no longer warm. Pat dry.

WOODY FOOT SOAK

Great after a day of hiking or outdoor activity, sandalwood has healing properties and can sooth dry skin as well as oily skin. Its relaxing smell can also soothe your mind.

*Tip: Use some of that sandalwood essential oil on your face to help combat wrinkles!

INGREDIENTS

Water
Two drops of sandalwood essential oil
¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt

Instructions: Boil the water and let it cool down to a skin safe temperature. Add two drops of sandalwood essential oil and sea salt. Soak feet 10-15 minutes or until water is no longer warm. Pat dry.

RELAXING FOOT SOAK

Ylang Ylang is extracted from a tall tropical tree found in Madasgascar, this flower has a scent that is deeply relaxing. It also helps rejuvenate skin and increase circulation.

INGREDIENTS

Water
Two drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt

Instructions:  Boil the water and let it cool down a bit. Now add two drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil and Epsom salt to this water. Soak feet 10-15 minutes or until water is no longer warm. Pat dry.

SOOTHING MILK FOOT SOAK

Milk work great at healing irritated skin, smoothing skin, and soothing weary feet. Both contain tons of vitamins and anti-oxidants which increase blood circulation and reduce swelling. This spa-like treatments is one of our favorites!

INGREDIENTS

Two drops of lavender essential oil
¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt
¼ cup of milk
¼ cup of water
Water for Soaking

Instructions: Blend all ingredients and gently rub on feet.  Place feet in warm water and soak. Pat dry and enjoy your smooth feet!

*Tip: You can take the advantage of softened nails to perform pedicure and cuticle care.

GREEN TEA FOOT SOAK

Not just for drinking, green tea is also great for your skin. A powerful healing, anti-oxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory plant, it lightens your complexion and gives a healthy glow. It can also be used to soothe sunburn and skin irritation. Acting as a natural moisturizer it can also reduce swelling. It does it all!

INGREDIENTS

Water
4 bags green tea
1/2 cup crushed mint leaves
1tsp thyme
4 drops essential oil of choice

Instructions: Steep tea bags in boiling water for one hour first. Combine parsley and essential oil of choice for a personalized smell. Soak feet 10-15 minutes or until water is no longer warm.

ITALIAN FOOT SOAK

Olive oil has a lot of great qualities. This cure is guaranteed to sooth itchy skin, strengthen your nails, as well as nourish your skin. The fatty acids in it actually help wash away dead skin cells letting the new softer skin cells shine through.

INGREDIENTS

Water
1 cup Lemon Juice
3 tbs Olive Oil
¼ cup Milk

Instructions: Boil enough water to cover feet.  Pour in ingredients. Let water cool to a skin safe temperature. Soak feet 10-15 minutes or until water is no longer warm. Pat dry.

THE BASIC FOOT SOAK

Not sure which one to pick? Try our basic soak. With all products currently in your kitchen, this one is a cinch!

INGREDIENTS

1 ¼ cups of Epsom Salt
1 ¼ cups of Kosher Salt
¼ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup Cornstarch
Water

Instructions: Boil enough water to cover feet. Pour in ingredients. Let water cool to a skin safe temperature. Soak feet 10-15 minutes or until water is no longer warm. Pat dry.