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Pamper Your Feet with Essential Oils

Pamper Your Feet with Essential Oils

Scrubbing feetFeet are one of the best places to treat yourself with essential oils. The skin of your feet absorb essential oils particularly well and, because of the reflex points, you will also be affecting every organ in your body. By massaging your feet, you balance your energy flow and give yourself a sense of harmony throughout your body.

And besides, it just feels really, really good!

For more recipes, you can also refer to the articles on pampering your hands and pampering your nails with essential oils. There are many recipes between these articles that are interchangeable so have some fun!

Best oils

Sandalwood, Fennel Seed, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, Geranium, Red Mandarin, Rosewood, Rosemary, Carrot Seed, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Juniper Berries, Melaleuca, Balsam of Peru, Myrtle, Petitgrain bigarade, Cedarwood

FootPoints of interest

  • For soft, smooth feet, rub them with a wet pumice stone every time you shower. Will help remove callouses as well.
  • Give yourself a weekly pedicure to keep your feet healthy, even in the winter months when your feet are covered by boots and shoes and you think no one sees them!
  • After working out or playing sports, let your feet breathe and wear all natural, cotton socks.
  • Trim your toenails after soaking. It makes for a cleaner cut. Cut the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • If you can, walk bare foot through the sand every day. The sand will exfoliate your feet beautifully.
  • Apply pure coconut oil or shea butter and 2 – 3 drops Sandalwood oil to your feet on a daily basis. Helps protect skin from damaging dryness and roughness, fissures, and general discomfort.
  • For smooth feet, massage a rich natural oil such as coconut oil or dark sesame oil into them every night, then put on a pair of cotton socks and leave the oil on overnight.
  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet with plenty of calcium, omega-3′s, vitamin E, and good quality protein.
  • Drink plenty of water every day. It keeps your skin hydrated, which makes it easier to keep it soft and moisturized.

Recipes

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your feet. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Rejuvenating Foot Bath

  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Black Pepper
  • 3 drops Spruce
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops White Grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame oil

Fill a basin with warm/hot water, then add formula. Swirl the water to disperse blended oils and relax for at least 15 minutes. (10)

Mustard Bath

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 2 tablespoons Powdered Mustard
  • 2 drops Rosemary oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus oil

Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean, dry container. Add 1 tablespoon to a basin of hot water, then soak your feet for 15 minutes. Use to relieve stress, muscle soreness, and sleeplessness. (4)

foot-bath-with-flowersRosey Posey Foot Soak

  • 1 gallon Hot Water
  • 5 Chamomile tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose Chamomile
  • 4-6 drops Lavender oil
  • Flower petals (optional)

Pour hot water into a small tub, sink, or basin. A size not much larger than your feet is ideal. Add the chamomile and allow to steep for about 10 minutes. Add the Lavender oil and flower petals, then test temperature to make sure the water isn’t too hot. Soak your feet and enjoy!  (16)

Put Your Best Foot Forward Scrub

  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup Coarse Salt
  • 1/2 cup light Olive oil
  • 3 – 5 drops essential oil of choice

Stir ingredients together until you have a thick, grainy mixture. Spoon the scrub into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid and store in a cool, dry, dark spot. Massage about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each foot. Leave it on for about 5 – 10 minutes then rinse well with warm water. Discard after 4 weeks. (16)

FeetSummer Sandal Scrub

  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
  • 3 drops Orange oil
  • 2 drops Lavender oil

Stir all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Massage 1 – 2 tablespoons of the scrub into each foot, focusing on rough areas, such as your heels. Store leftover  scrub in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid in a cool, dry, dark spot. Discard after 4 weeks. (16)

Pedicure Mask

  • 2 tablespoons Green Clay
  • 1-2 tablespoons Water
  • 4 – 5 drops Peppermint oil

Mix together and spread mask onto your feet to soften and clean them. Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water and feet dry. (16)

Soft to the Touch Overnight Mask

  • 2 tablespoons Plain Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Castor oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 3 – 5 drops Sandalwood oil

Stir all ingredients together until you have a creamy lotion. Massage entire mixture into your feet, then cover with cotton socks and leave on overnight. In morning, wash your feet, then use a rich cream or natural oil to lock in moisture. You can also use this on your hands.  (16)

Foot massageDouble Mint Foot Lotion

  • 2 teaspoons Cocoa Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon Wheat Germ oil
  • 2 tablespoons Mint Infusion*
  • 2 teaspoons Emulsifying Wax
  • 20 drops Peppermint oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree oil

Heat the cocoa butter, beeswax, and almond and wheat germ oils in a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Remove from heat. Place the mint infusion in a small bowl over the pan of boiling water, add the emulsifying wax. Heat until wax has dissolved. Remove from heat. Dip your fingertip into both the oil and the infusion mixture to check that they are similar temperature (if the oils have cooled down, heat them up a little). Slowly add the infusion mixture to the oils, whisking vigorously. Add the essential oils.

Use when your feet are hot and tired. Store in a 4 ounce, dark glass jar in the fridge. Discard after 3 months.

*Mint Infusion: Pour 1 cup boiling water into a bowl containing 1 tablespoon fresh Mint Leaves. Leave it to steep for half an hour.

Zanzibar Foot Oil

  • 1/2 cup Sesame oil or Macadamia Nut oil
  • 4 drops Clove Bud oil

Store in a clean container. Massage a small amount into tired feet and legs. (4)

“OOH! AH!” Foot Powder

  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch, Arrowroot, or White Clay
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 1 drops Cinnamon Bark or Clove Bud
  • 3 drops Rosemary

Put all ingredients through a sieve and mix well. Put in the container of your choice and allow it to sit for at least 24 hours before use. When using, avoid creating a cloud of dust that can be inhaled. (12)

A last thought

Now is the time to take the time for your feet. Have some fun and please let us know which ones you like best in the comment section down below.

Aromatherapy-for-Feet

References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  9. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  10. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  11. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  12. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  13. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  14. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  15. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  16. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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