Similar to Tibetan Foot Soaks, but you can make these relaxing foot soaks at home
Relaxing foot soaks have long been the practice in parts of Asia like Tibet, China, and Japan to name a few. These techniques are recognised as a source of natural healing for various health conditions. Being so natural means that it doesn’t pose the risks that conventional medicine does. Conventional medicine is often associated with side effects because it includes taking medication and invasive procedures.
In the Western world, we frequently see foot soaks as part of a luxurious pamper treatment, that both soothes and invigorates. While it may seem a delightful treat to spoil yourself with, there are so many health benefits to gain from this ancient practice.
What are the benefits of relaxing foot soaks?
Foot soaks doesn’t only help to wind you down and to get you feeling invigorated, it also has these advantages:
When paired with certain ingredients, foot soaks may help to reduce inflammation in the body.
Foot soaks can adapt to an exfoliation treatment to get rid of all the dead skin cells and help the feet look healthy and fresh.
Prevents bacteria from setting in
Wearing the wrong shoes can result in little injuries and abrasions on the skin of the feet. With perspiration, bacteria can set in and cause infections and other complications.
Antioxidants for the body
The skin is one of the largest organs of the body. Doing regular foot soaks paired with essential oils can help the body to detox.
Helps you to relax
Just like a massage, having a foot soak can also help the body to relax and feel refreshed and invigorated.
Foot soaks are great all-round, but you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy it for yourself. Yes, health spas will charge because you’re paying for their time and their ingredients to name a few. But, you can save and do these DIY foot soaks in the luxurious comfort of your home.
10 relaxing foot soaks to try at home
What you’ll need for most of these recipes include:
- A foot bath
- Choice of ingredients (salt, essential oil, lavender etc)
- A tablespoon to measure (if needed, sometimes you can just eyeball it)
- Warm water
- A towel
- Some peace and quiet to enjoy your foot soak
#1 Salt and water
If you’re in a pinch and don’t have the extra fancy ingredients then regular saltwater will be just fine. It is more potent than most people think. When it comes to salt for your skin, it has many perks.
Using Dead Sea salt, Himalayan, or Epsom salt helps to exfoliate your feet, it sets in to help absorb minerals like magnesium through the skin of the feet, it cleanses, detoxifies, and is safe to use.
Fortunately for you, you can have these amazing benefits in your home and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen pantry.
Foot soak recipe and method
- Fill the foot bath with warm water
- Add your salt of choice
- Give it a little stir
- Soak your feet
You can soak for about 10-20 minutes but the longer you soak the cooler the water will become. Because foot soaks are best in warm water, some portable foot spas have a heating feature that helps to keep the water warm.
#2 Essential oils
Essential oils have long been revered for their amazing healing advantages. From invigorating a low mood, to helping you relax and sleep better. Since this is so, you should try essential oils in your DIY natural foot soaks.
Some of our favourite picks include peppermint (invigorates and reduces fatigue), rosemary (may improve blood circulation), cypress (eases aches), lavender (soothing effects), cinnamon bark (anti-inflammatory) and cedarwood (prevents foot odour and kills bacteria).
Foot soak recipe and method:
- Warm water in a foot spa
- A few drops of cedarwood, cinnamon bark, and rosemary
- Stir and soak your feet
You can combine other essential oils if you want a different effect such as to reduce the feeling of tired feet, to ease foot pain, or to simply unwind.
For a great go-to resource for all things essential oils, follow us on Pinterest. We have a specific board all about essential oils and aromatherapy!
#3 Baking soda+rice water foot soak
Just like the salt family, baking soda also has a wide range of properties good for detoxing, preventing fungal infections, and deeply cleansing your feet. You can use it along with rice water to give the recipe an extra boost. Rice water is excellent for blood circulation.
For this recipe, you have to boil the rice first to use the remaining water in the foot soak. It is important to use plenty of water to have lots left after the rice has completely boiled.
Foot soak recipe and method:
- Run warm water into a foot bath
- Add baking soda
- Add the rice water
- Essential oil (optional)
- Enjoy a foot soak
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is extremely good for its sedative properties. It helps us to relax and feel less anxious. This is a good ingredient to add to your natural foot soaks. It is also excellent at helping to reduce swelling and soothing pain.
When it comes to adding the chamomile, you can either opt to add the dry herbs directly into the foot bathwater. You can also add chamomile teabags straight into the water of the bath. Some people prefer letting it steep a bit before adding it.
Chamomile foot soak recipe and method:
- Put warm water into a foot bath
- Empty chamomile tea bags or herbs into the water
- Raw honey
- Some essential oil
#5 Moisturising natural foot soak
We all know how easy it is for feet to become dry and neglected. It is one of the most important parts of the body but so often overlooked. To treat your feet to some moisture and an invigorating boost, then this moisturising foot soak can do the trick. All you need is raw honey, coconut oil (or carrier oil of choice), and some cinnamon spice.
Before combining all the ingredients into your foot soak, first take some time to heat up the honey, carrier oil, and cinnamon spice on the stove in a pot.
Moisture foot soak recipe and method:
- After adding the warm water into a foot spa
- You can now add the previously heated honey, cinnamon, and carrier oil of choice
- Soak and enjoy
#6 Exfoliate with lemons+ vinegar and salt
The skin repairs and renews itself all the time. This is seen by the shedding of dead skin cells. But when it comes to the feet, the amount of “wear and tear” that occurs leads to calluses, bruises, and sometimes blisters if the shoes don’t fit well.
To help ease your “feet-woes,” an exfoliating foot soak will help. With the invigorating properties of fresh lemons, exfoliation of Epsom salts and the antibacterial powers of vinegar, you have a winning recipe.
These ingredients add more power with the lemon providing excellent vitamin E and additional antibacterial properties. The Epsom salts are gently exfoliating giving your feet a natural “shedding” of dead skin cells.
Exfoliating foot soak recipe and method:
- In a foot tub of warm water
- Squeeze fresh lemons and in addition, add some sliced lemons too
- After 10 minutes of soaking, exfoliate with a pumice stone
- Add moisturiser
You could also use bottled lemon juice but for that organic, no-preservatives bonus, opt for fresh lemon!
#7 Coconut milk natural foot soak
Coconut milk is known for its medicinal properties. It reduces inflammation, hydrates, and is packed with vitamins and minerals.
Coconut foot soak recipe and method:
- Add warm water to a foot tub
- Pour in the coconut milk
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil or a blend
- Relax and enjoy
#8 Aromatherapy-targeted, natural foot soak
It’s all in the name. Aromatherapy is the practice of breathing in the essential oil via an electric diffuser, diffusing it in warm water, or applied topically with a carrier oil (olive, coconut, jojoba.)
Using aromatherapy for your foot soaks will not only make your feet feel good but it will positively affect your whole body. If you also have fresh lavender, chamomile, and mint leaves, then you can add these in too.
When it comes to essential oils, certain blends work well in combination for an enhanced effect.
For example, citrus oils are known to energise and pick up a low mood. Menthol oils are excellent to soothe aches and energise. When it comes to relaxing, oils like lavender, chamomile, and Frankincense soothes anxiety and feelings of stress.
Excellent essential oil blends for your aromatherapy foot soak include:
- Peppermint, sweet orange, lemon, rosemary for energy
- Ylang-Ylang, Peppermint, and Frankincense for anxiety
- Lavender, cedarwood, frankincense and eucalyptus for a good night’s sleep
Aromatherapy-targeted foot soak recipe and method:
- Grab a foot spa with warm water in
- Add your pick of essential oil blends
- Soak your feet for 20 minutes
- Thoroughly dry and moisturise
#9 Listerine and vinegar
If you struggle with foot odour, this foot soak is for you!
Listerine and vinegar is another power duo recipe for a foot soak to combat foot fungus and bacteria. What’s more is, it will help to soften your skin so that it is easy to exfoliate and groom with a pumice stone afterwards.
Listerine and vinegar foot soak recipe and method:
- Warm water in a foot bath
- Add vinegar (apple cider or white vinegar)
- Add Listerine in equal parts to the vinegar
- Soak your feet and enjoy the benefits
#10 Bentonite natural foot soak
Bentonite clay is a natural substance found in the earth consisting of absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate clay and montmorillonite. Most of the bentonite comes from volcanic ash which again, is processed and used in beauty and skincare products.
The bentonite clay will help to detox tired feet, remove excess sebum (skin’s natural oil) to deeply cleanse and refresh. It also reduces inflammation and will leave your feet looking healthy and beautiful.
Bentonite clay foot soak recipe and method:
- Fill a foot bath of warm water enough to cover your ankles
- Add the bentonite clay
- Add some rosemary essential oil
- Soak your feet for 15 minutes
- Towel dry
- Moisturise with a foot balm
Good to remember!
*The water in the footbath should be warm. If you need to prepare the other ingredients on the stove before adding it to the foot bath water, then wait a bit before soaking your feet. You don’t want to risk a burn injury.
* The water and other added ingredients should be a comfortable warm temperature before soaking your feet.
* Fill the foot basin with warm water at least to reach your ankles to ensure that your feet are properly soaking.
*Finish up all foot soaks with a foot balm or lotion after thoroughly drying off each foot. Damp feet are breeding grounds for fungus.
Closing thoughts on why relaxing foot soaks are helpful
All the nerve endings are at the bottom of the feet which is why foot soaks not only directly benefit the feet, but also the entire body.
Foot soaks are inexpensive when done at home. Since we lead such frantically busy lives, stopping to “recharge” with a relaxing foot soak will do your body so much good!
You can keep these ingredients on hand and change up your foot soak recipes as you feel. Even when it feels as though you don’t have time, you can sit back, relax, and soak your feet for even 5 minutes of your busy day.