Find a Natural Skin Care Recipe for Your Feet
If you love to pamper your feet, the following article provides some fabulous ways to do so. Read below for a natural foot bath recipe — perfect for a relaxing soak, or a foot scrub recipe along with a soothing lotion for your feet.
By Toria Betson
If I could get away with it, I would never imprison my feet in shoes.
Feeling the earth beneath my feet makes me feel grounded. The feet are surprisingly sensitive; given the workout and pounding they get each day. As anyone who’s been on theirs too long can attest, when your feet feel bad, your whole body feels bad!
The feet have reflex points that affect every area of the body. Major energy meridians, as described in oriental medicine, end in the feet. Fortunately the feet are easy to reach, so we can massage them ourselves. With the help of a book, or reflexology chart, we can even self-stimulate acupressure points that can help various organs. Sensitive points on our feet can give us clues as to what areas of our bodies may need attention.
Feet are very absorbent, making herbal and essential oil soaks and massage oils especially effective.
Just finish a walk-a-thon? Try this easy to make foot soak. Peppermint is found in many herbal foot products because it increases dermal blood flow, and can temporarily numb pain. Eucalyptus is a rubefacient, which means it has warming qualities. The following natural skin care recipe uses easily found Epsom salts, to help ease sore muscles and aches.
Invigorating Foot Bath Recipe
- 1/2 – 1 cup Epsom salts
- 10 drops peppermint essential Oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential Oil
If your feet are cracked or damaged, add 1-teaspoon wheat germ oil as an additional ingredient to the foot soak recipe.
Using a basin large enough to fit both feet, add the ingredients to warm water, and stir. Enjoy this natural foot soak recipe for approximately 15 minutes.
Natural Foot Scrub – Refreshing Loofah Soap Recipe
This is a fun to make soap, that contains a callous removing scrubber right inside! Lemon helps get rid of built up of dead skin cells, is an anti-bacterial, and may be an anti-fungal. The rosemary in this natural foot scrub recipe helps increase blood flow.
- 1-pound glycerin soap base
- 1 dried loofah
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- Round soap molds (Or substitute muffin or tart tins.)
First, chop the loofah into pieces so that the slices will easily fit into the molds. Also ensure the loofah’s depth is the same or slightly under the the depth of your soap thickness. Chop the glycerin into small pieces and place into a microwave safe container. Stirring every 10 seconds, heat until the soap begins to melt. (Alternatively, you may melt the soap in a double boiler, on the stove. Put water in the lower part, and the glycerin above. Stir until the soap begins to melt.) Add the essential oils and stir. Dip each loofah in the soap mixture, before putting it in the mold. This should help keep them from floating. Spoon the soap into the molds, until the loofah is covered. If the loofah still wants to float, push it back down as the soap starts to thicken. The soap will take approximately four hours to cool, before being ready to remove from the molds. To help make removing the soap easier, try putting the molds in your freezer for about 30 minutes. Allow the soap to dry overnight before using.
An additional foot care tip: Stubborn calluses might need special treatment. Put olive oil on your feet, cover them with clean socks, and sleep with them on over night. Be careful when you take them off. Oily feet can be slippery!
Herbal Skin Care Foot Lotion Recipe
Here is a lovely lotion. The aloe gel feels cool and soothing. Aloe heals wounds, and along with the wheat germ oil, is beneficial for cracked and dry skin. Tea tree oil may help prevent and heal athletes’ foot outbreaks. Virginia cedarwood is an anti-bacterial, and an anti-inflammatory.
- 1 T. almond oil
- 1 T. wheat germ oil
- 1 T. aloe vera gel
- 1-drop tea tree oil
- 3 drops Virginia cedarwood essential oil
Mix together well, and massage the feet gently.
Go ahead and pamper your feet with these three natural foot care recipes! After all, our feet are the very foundation upon which we stand.
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