Be honest — how often do you think about giving your feet some TLC? If you’re like most of us, you trudge along day after day, forcing your feet to (literally!) carry all the weight. And if that wasn’t bad enough, you cram your poor feet into tight socks, gym shoes, and pinching high heels. Unfortunately, you probably don’t give your feet a second thought until they start to hurt.
But it’s time for a change! The right essential oils make it quick and easy to treat your feet to some serious pampering so that they can keep up with every step of your busy life.
Did you know that your feet have 72,000 nerve endings in them? That’s why a foot massage feels so incredible! But at the same time, it’s why your feet can get so achy and uncomfortable if you don’t take good care of them. They need TLC if they’re going to do everything you need them to do.
I’ve come up with a variety essential oil blends that you can use to create your very own foot routine. The best way to take full advantage of them is to start with a footbath. In fact, herbalists and healers have been harnessing the power of footbaths for hundreds of years! Whether you don’t have the time or the mobility for a full-body soak, a footbath is an easy way to give your feet some serious relief. Even just a few minutes will make your tired feet feel rejuvenated, and that unpleasant foot odor will be gone.
There are a few different footbath recipes you can use. For all of them, you’ll need to heat up 2 1/2 pints of water, pour it into a foot bowl, and add the essential oils listed below. You’ll also need to add 1/4 cup of regular salt or Epsom salt.
– Footbath recipe for sweaty feet4 drops Cypress essential oil
3 drops Bergamot essential oil
– Footbath recipe for tired, aching feet3 drops Pine essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
– Footbath for athlete’s foot5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
2 drops of Geranium essential oil
No matter which recipe you choose, let your feet soak for about 15 minutes — and be sure to inhale the aroma for an even bigger essential oil boost! If the soles of your feet are really rough, rub them with a pumice stone once your bath is done. In addition to sloughing off dead skin cells, this will improve the circulation in your feet. Then, dab your feet dry.
For a real feet treat, follow up your footbath with one of these special foot massage oils. Again, you can pick the recipe that’s best suited for your specific foot issues. In each of them, you’ll need to combine the essential oils listed with 1 ounce of carrier oil.
– Foot oil for walkers, joggers and runners
– Foot oil for swollen feet
5 drops Ginger essential oil
5 drops Cypress essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
– Foot oil to combat fungusFoot fungus is a common problem that leads to uncomfortable symptoms like itching, burning, and pain. Luckily, the right essential oil blend can ward off this unfriendly fungus. By using antifungal essential oils you can finally get some relief. Just apply this aromatherapy blend to your feet on a daily basis and you’ll be able to bid bon voyage to all of that yucky fungus!
5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
4 drops Geranium essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
It’s easy to stop abusing your poor feet when you turn to the essential oils and expert advice at Aromandina!
© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.