Allow me start with some background. Each year as the weather warms and I trade in my tennis shoes for flip-flops, my feet become painfully dry and cracked. After discovering this correlation, I began searching for a safe and natural home remedy to moisturize my feet. My solution was an essential oil-infused foot bath. Once I determined the solution, I began narrowing down the hundreds of foot bath variations. I experimented with different foot bath bases and essential oil combinations. The end result was soft, moisturized feet that my wife felt comfortable touching. For optimal results during drier months, I perform a weekly foot bath followed by a moisturizer (I also apply the moisturizer as needed during the week).
Please keep in mind the following combinations worked for me and my test subjects. They are not intended to treat or cure disease. Simply put, they are solutions that have helped me in my quest for soft, healthy feet. It is appropriate, and suggested, to tweak formulas based on your personal needs. As always, we recommend individuals exercise care when dealing with pure essential oils and follow the individual oil label directions.
Pour Epsom salt into a glass bowl or container (I prefer a Mason jar). Add your desired essential oils to the container. Stir contents with a metal spoon until the oils are evenly dispersed throughout the Epsom salt. Pour the salt/oil mixture into a container large enough for feet. Slowly pour in warm water (enough to cover your feet). Using your feet, agitate the water and salt until the salt is dissolved. Add AlkaLime® and let your feet soak for 20–30 minutes. Following the soak, pat your feet dry with a towel. (At this point I sometimes exfoliate my feet using a pumice stone.) Once your feet are completely dry, put 1–2 tablespoons of Animal Scents® Ointment in the palm of your hand and add 1-2 drops of your preferred essential oil. Apply the mixture generously to your feet and let it sit for 15–20 minutes. Put on a pair of socks and go to bed.
Foot Bath Base
- 3–4 quarts warm water (enough to cover feet in container)
- 1/3 cup Epsom salt
- 1–2 teaspoons AlkaLime®
- Foot bath base
- 5 drops lavender
- 4 drops myrrh
- 2 drops melaleuca
- 1 drop Thieves®
- Follow with Animal Scents™ mixed with 1 drop of lavender
- Foot bath base
- 4 drops peppermint
- 2 drops Thieves®
- 1 drop melaleuca
- 1 drop frankincense
- 1 drop ylang ylang
- Follow with Animal Scents™ mixed with 1 drop of frankincense
Please take a moment to leave a comment with a recipe or blend that you have found beneficial in a foot bath. As an additional incentive, I will randomly choose one individual who leaves a comment by June 3 to receive some free oils that can be used in a future foot bath (a 5-ml lavender, frankincense, myrrh, melaleuca, and Thieves). Good Luck!
—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager