An at-home foot spa is a great way to enhance relaxation, soothe aching muscles, and give you that spa-like, pampered feeling (without breaking the bank!)
Home foot spas are also a fantastic choice if you’re looking to exfoliate and moisturize your tootsies. And this is why at-home foot spas are such a summer must!
Foot spas have been around for thousands of years, with the earliest documented spa baths occurring in Ancient Greece. Specialized foot soaks are known to aid healing and relieve fatigue. Ultimately offering a therapeutic way to ease a host of ailments. In China, foot spas are often combined with reflexology, which works with various pressure points in the feet to heal the body.
So, if you’re ready to enjoy ultimate relation, not to mention the exfoliating and moisturizing properties of a foot spa at home, take a look at some delicious and super easy-to-make DIY foot soaks.
What You’ll Need
Before creating the perfect spa bath recipe for your feet, you’ll need some basic supplies:
- A big basin or tub that’s filled with warm water (92-100 degrees Fahrenheit is best)
- A small towel or bathmat under the basin to avoid any spills
- Some extra hot water if you need to top up the basin
- Some cooler water for a replenishing post-soak cool down rinse
- Some downtime to properly relax
Now you’re probably wondering what to put in foot spa water. We’ve created four unique recipes for achy feet, moisturization, exfoliation, and relaxation. Once you’ve added these ingredients to the warm water, immerse your feet for as long as you like.
Top tip: Boil an extra kettle of water in case you want to top up the foot spa and relax for longer.
Foot Soak for Achy Feet
If you are on your feet all day or an avid running or sports enthusiast, you might have experienced achy feet or some minor swelling. Luckily, a soothing foot spa can ease any aches and pains.
Epsom salts make the base of this soak since it breaks down into magnesium once submerged in water. As your body absorbs the minerals, muscles or swelling are relaxed, and pain is alleviated or reduced.
- ½ – 1 cup Epsom salts
- 10 – 20 drops of an essential of your choosing. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Yarrow, Peppermint, and Lavender are great choices.
- Six teaspoons of a carrier oil of your choice to dilute the essential oil (Sweet Almond, Jojoba, or Olive oil work well).
- Add the Epsom salts to the warm water and allow them to dissolve
- Mix your essential oils and carrier oil in a bowl and add to the water
- Submerge your feet and enjoy the comfort of warm water and essential oils as they soothe your achy feet.
Foot Soak for Moisturizing
Winter can wreak havoc on our skin, and a moisturizing foot soak can replenish lost moisture and boost hydration. This can be especially noticeable on our heels, and in certain instances, the skin can crack. If you are ready to get rid of dry feet and let moisture in, try this moisturizing foot soak.
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda (to help dry skin and also alleviate any foot odor)
- A soothing essential oil like camomile, lavender, peppermint, or lemon.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Six teaspoons of carrier oil like Sweet Almond or Olive oil
- Add the Epsom salts and baking soda to the water basin.
- Mix the essential oils and carrier oil together and add to the mix with the coconut milk.
- Soak your feet and enjoy ultimate relation.
- Once you’ve finished the soak, moisturize your feet with a hydrating oil like coconut oil, argan oil, or a heel balm that targets dry feet. Pop some clean cotton socks and allow the oil to seep into your feet. For extra moisturizing results, sleep with the socks on.
Foot Soak for Exfoliation
Dry feet can also lead to flaky skin, and an exfoliating foot bath is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells. Add in your favorite essential oils and make it a truly relaxing occasion. When you add lemon and vinegar, these soaks can also target fungal infections.
- 3 cups of Epsom salts (which act as a brilliant exfoliator)
- Two fresh lemons
- 2 cups of vinegar (apple cider or white vinegar is best)
- Add the 2 cups of vinegar and the juice of 2 lemons to your tub of warm water.
- Save the lemon peels and use the inside to clean your feet.
- Lift your feet (one at a time) and pop the Epsom salts on them, and rub in circular motions to promote exfoliation and lymphatic drainage.
- Submerge your feet in the water and enjoy the relaxing sensations.
- For added exfoliation. Use a pumice stone to get rid of any dry skin, paying particular attention to your heels.
Top tip: If you’re struggling with an athlete’s foot or a challenging fungal infection, you can add some Listerine to the foot spa. Research has shown that Listerine can combat fungal infections. Nonetheless, if the condition persists, always consult a medical professional.
Foot Soak for Relaxation & Aromatherapy
A foot spa can also be used for relaxation and aromatherapy, whereby various essential oils are used to improve physical and psychological wellbeing. These foot spas feel particularly luxurious and are great when you need a pick me up.
- Ten drops of calming essential oils like Rose, Ylang-Ylang, chamomile, Bergamot Orange, or Lavender
- Six tablespoons of carrier oil of your choice
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- ½ a cup of dried petals or flowers (such as Lavender, Rose, or Chamomile)
- Dissolve the Epsom salts into the warm water
- Mix the carrier oil with your essential oils and add the dried petals
- Slowly add the mixture to your tub, stirring occasionally
- Submerge your feet and enjoy the relaxing and healing properties of your aromatherapy foot soak
Foot soaks have a plethora of benefits, including relieving aches and pains, promoting relaxation, moisturizing and exfoliating feet, and even getting rid of fungal infections. An at-home foot spa is a fantastic way to pamper yourself (without a hefty price tag) and can be done while you enjoy a TV show, check your work emails, or enjoy a good book.
What is your best foot soak recipe? We would love to know!