A foot soak is a perfect way to relax after a long, stressful day at work. Even after a vigorous workout, a soothing soak is a great way to rejuvenate. This recipe is a simple, yet effective way to get back on your feet. Just warm water, Epsom salt and Geranium, Lavender, Melaleuca, and Oregano essential oils.
Many times, at the end of the day or after a workout, it’s your feet that take a beating. This DIY recipe of Epsom salt and essential oils is a great way to renew. In ten minutes you’ll be ready to get back in your shoes and on your feet after this relaxing and rejuvenating soak.
Foot Soak Ingredients
First, a look at the reasons behind the ingredients:
- Epsom salt is different from regular salt. Epson salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate (magnesium sulfate) naturally occurring ingredients which can help improve health in numerous ways. Studies show many Americans are magnesium deficient, mostly from the prevalence of processed foods in our diets. A survey found 68 percent of U.S. adults consume less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium. Doctors and researchers say an Epsom salt bath is an excellent way for magnesium to be absorbed through the skin.
- Geranium is calming and grounding and will beautify the skin.
- Lavender is also known for its calming and relaxing qualities. It helps soothe skin irritation while reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.
- Melaleuca is cleansing and rejuvenating for the skin. It protects against environmental threats and reduces skin irritations.
- Oregano is full of powerful antioxidants that help support a healthy immune system. It also acts as a cleansing and purifying agent.
Foot Soak Recipe
- 12 x 12 shallow bucket (see note)
- Warm water (enough to cover feet up to ankles, amount will depend on container)
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- 2 drops Geranium
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Melaleuca
- 2 drops Oregano
NOTE: There are many footbath products on the market. These can sell for as much as a few hundred dollars and include features that heat and agitate the water and have mechanical devices to massage the feet. These are nice, but it is not necessary. Any bucket or tub that will comfortably accommodate both of your feet and allow water to cover your ankles is sufficient.
- Add warm water to bucket
- Stir in Epsom salt to dissolve
- Stir in essential oils
- Soak feet in solution for ten minutes
Treat your feet to this Happy Feet Foot Soak recipe after an intense workout or a stressful day at work. It is a quick and easy way to recharge when you have to keep going, or just to relax at the end of the day.