DIY foot soak

Epsom Salt Foot Soak

I can’t tell how excited I am that it is almost sandal season!  I hate the feeling of having my feet contained in shoes and socks all winter long.  I don’t ever remember feeling this way growing up in Minnesota, but I guess after years of living in Florida and California, I got used to sandals every day!

Now is the perfect time to pamper your feet, if you aren’t doing that already.  As the days get longer, it sometimes feels like we get busier and busier.  This soak is perfect for nightly TLC.  It is also great to do before giving yourself a pedicure.  If you do paint your nails, I encourage you to use a non-toxic nail polish.  Conventional nail polishes are one of the most toxic beauty products.  For more information on the dangers of conventional nail polish please read this article by the Wellness Mama and then check out EWG’s Skin Deep database to find the best non-toxic brands!

The best part of this foot soak is that it is so easy to set up with ingredients that will do wonders to help you recharge and relax.

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, helps to reduce inflammation, softens your skin, and pulls out toxins.  Since most Americans are deficient in magnesium, this is one of the best ways to absorb it into your body.

Baking Soda is important to help balance skin pH and helps to eliminate odor.  It also helps to neutralize chemicals in your water, if using tap water.

Essential Oils:  I chose eucalyptus and peppermint oil for this soak because I am battling seasonal allergies.  Eucalyptus oil is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and decongestant.  Peppermint oil reduces fungal nail infection, clears respiratory tract, and provides relief from pain.  Other essential oil that could be used instead include lavender and lemon, tea tree, citrus, or a stress blend.

baking soda, jar, epsom salt, essential oils
© Eclectically K & L 2018
DIY foot soak
© Eclectically K & L 2018

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine epsom salt and baking soda in a glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils and mix well with a non-reactive spoon.
  3. Store in a jar with a tight lid.

How to use:

Find a container large enough to fit your feet.  Add warm water and 1/4 cup of foot soak.   Soak feet for 20-30 minutes.  Use a nature pumice stone to smooth any additional rough spots on your feet.  Rinse your feet with clean water, pat dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer.

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