DIY Detox Foot Soak and Healing Foot Oil
Living in paradise can be hard on your feet. Pamper yourself with this Detox Foot Soak and Healing Foot Oil.
Us natural babes love to walk around barefoot. Most of the year we’re either in sandals or nothing at all. Because the weather is so damn good on the coast wearing shoes can almost feel claustrophobic. So our poor dainty feet take a beating.
Many of us are also babes on a budget. Although we love getting pedicures, it may not be in our budget to get them done every week. Also, since we’re all about being as natural as can be, we are super skeptical of the chemicals used in pedicures. What exactly are they scrubbing and soaking my feet with? Um, are those trimmer things really clean?!
Yes, we’d rather walk around in the gravel, dirt and sand than worry about whether we’re going to get some sort of fungal infection from getting a pedicure. Call us strange…
Babes, because I’ve been walking around barefoot for many, many years, a while ago I came up with a Tea Tree and Mint Foot Scrub recipe that went viral on Pinterest. What I learned. Babes love some luxurious pampering for their feet! That scrub is the perfect addition to this Detox Foot Soak and Healing Foot Oil I’m about to share. And this routine is perfect for those who don’t want to spend money on pedicures, but want to keep your feet clean and looking pretty.
I’ll be honest, as far painting your toes at home, that’s one ritual I haven’t mastered yet. But check out this article, How to Paint Your Nails: The Infographic from Refinery 29 and these non-toxic nail polish recommendations from Wellness Mama if you want to treat yourself with a soak, scrub, self massage and nail painting.
Why You Need to Pamper Your Feet
Here’s the thing, walking barefoot is great for your body overall. Far and wide, nature gurus talk about "earthing" and "grounding", which is basically just walking around barefoot in nature. Letting your toes sink into the grass and sand. Actually, there’s something to it, it gives you energy. It feels really good. Want to take a load off babe? Just go prance around barefoot in your backyard.
But sometimes things happen. Our feet are susceptible to so much gnarly stuff out there. Whether you go barefoot, get pedicures, take showers in your gym locker room or don’t clean your feet properly, you can get a number of infections. But even though, yes, they can be gross, they’re super common. No shame here, babes.
But that’s also why it’s important to keep your feet clean at the end of the day to prevent things like infections from cuts and scratches, athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus.
The Benefits of a Detox Foot Soak
Our simple DIY detox foot soak recipe contains two ingredients that are known to prevent and cure fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide kills bacteria and fungus. What do most of us do when we get a cut? We dab it with hydrogen peroxide to kill any bacteria. Turns out this colorless liquid is also great at killing fungal infections.
All around magical apple cider vinegar is a known natural remedy for killing the fungal infection, athlete’s foot. In fact it’s rated the number one remedy on Earth Clinic. Why is apple cider vinegar so great at killing nasty fungus? It has awesome anti-fungal properties that can cure fungal infections and prevent them from returning. Plus it relieves inflammation and redness.
In addition, I like to throw sea salt in this detox soak to relieve tired and sore foot muscles. When you’re used to walking barefoot, especially in the summer, by the end of the day my feet are sore and can use a good salt soak to relax them into oblivion.
How to Make a Detox Foot Soak
- 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of sea salt
- Fill a small tub that you can fit both feet into with warm to hot water just above your ankles.
- Add the hydrogen peroxide, apple cider vinegar and sea salt to the water and mix.
- Let your feet soak for about 20 minutes.
- Dry thoroughly with a clean towel and apply Tea Tree and Mint Foot Scrub or Detox Foot Oil (recipe below).
For prevention of infections and maintenance of your feet, use this soak once or twice a week. If you are fighting a fungal infection (such as athletes foot) use daily until infection has been gone for at least two weeks, then use once or twice a week for prevention.
This foot soak is best done in the evening before going to bed in conjunction with the detox oil we’ll go over below.
Using Antifungal and Antibacterial Essential Oils to Detox Your Feet
In addition to soaking your feet with hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar to keep infections at bay and skin squeaky clean, you can use certain oils to help prevent and fight athlete’s foot and even toenail fungus.
We’ll be using four essential oils in our in our Detox Foot Oil recipe.
Tea tree oil is one of the only essential oils that is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It speeds up the body's immune functions. It's a great oil to have on hand at all times because it has so many uses. We use it for some skincare recipes here at Salt & Ritual, plus it’s great for your feet. Just like it’s great for reducing acne and to fight viral infections, it’s also hands down one of the top recommended essential oils to combat fungal infections that easily plague feet.
Why put eucalyptus oil on your feet at the end of the day? It’s highly antibacterial and anti microbial so it’s great for disinfecting tiny cuts and scratches on bare summer feet. Eucalyptus is amazing as a decongestant and expectorant. It’s also a known essential oil for fighting fungal infections. This is another oil I highly recommend having on hand because it has so many benefits including fighting colds and the flu, plus it’s one of the most relaxing scents ever.
Not only is lavender an amazing oil for skincare, but it’s one of the most versatile oils out there. It fights viral infections, helps you sleep, is great for anti aging, and killing bacteria and fungus. Plus you can’t beat its dreamy scent.
Lastly geranium is a super underrated oil. It smells amazing, but that’s not all babe. It’s antibacterial and antifungal, making it ideal for both fighting bacteria from small cuts and scratches as well as curing and preventing fungal infections like athlete’s foot. It’s overall an amazing essential oil that I would recommend to have on hand.
The Benefits of a Detoxifying Foot Oil
At the end of a long day of prancing around the beach barefoot, there’s nothing better than a foot soak, foot scrub and lastly to top it off, a detoxifying foot oil. The essential oils we went over above go to work on keeping your feet clean, pampered and soft while you get your beauty sleep.
If your feet are already in pretty shape, use this foot oil in conjunction with the Detox Foot Soak once or twice a week. If your feet need some extra help from years of being an outdoor babe, use this daily for two weeks after any infection is gone.
Most of these oils help with cuts and scraps, fungal infections and toenail infections. Some people swear by applying tea tree oil right onto infected areas, but we’re going to steer clear of placing tea tree oil directly on skin, especially for daily use. In the case that your feet need some extra love and care, we’ll be using a total of 2% dilution within a Hazelnut carrier oil for this Detox Foot Oil Recipe.
Hazelnut carrier oil is an extremely light oil that easily soaks into your skin and lets the essential oils take center stage to kill bacteria and fungus.
How to Make the Healing Foot Oil
- 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 drops of geranium essential oil
- 1 oz of hazelnut carrier oil
Fill a 1oz glass dropper bottle with hazelnut oil, add essential oils, secure top and roll between hands to mix.
Use a light coat of oil on your feet after foot soak either once or twice a week for prevention or daily until infection has been healed for two weeks. Cover feet in clean socks and let it soak in overnight.
Note: I always sterilize my DIY beauty containers first by placing them in boiling water for about five minutes and then letting them air dry and cool down before using them.
Adding the Tea Tree and Mint Foot Scrub to Your Foot Detox Routine
As if a foot soak and detox oil wasn’t enough pampering for our natural babes, our foot scrub is ideal for giving your feet some luxurious indulgence.
I like to use this foot scrub after between the Detox Foot Soak and Detox Foot Oil.
Here are some additional things you’ll need on hand:
- Clean towel to dry your feet
- Squeeze bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap (any scent is fine)
- Pitcher of water
- Tea Tree and Mint Foot Scrub
Simply soak your feet like how described above in the earlier sections of this blog article. Dry them off with a clean towel. With clean, dry hands scoop out some of the scrub and rub all over your cleanly soaked feet. It will feel pretty amazing thanks to the tea tree oil, peppermint and activated charcoal black lava salt.
Once you’ve had a good scrubbing, hold one foot at a time over the tub and rinse with water. Then wash feet with soap and rinse. Dry thoroughly with clean towel. Apply Detox Foot Oil to foot and cover with a clean, dry soak. Do the same with your other foot.
Recap on the Benefits of Having a Detox Foot Routine
Living by the beach especially during the summer, can be super hard on your feet. I know my feet are sometimes a wreck after a long day of walking around barefoot.
I personally like using the Detox Soak and Oil just to keep my feet clean and soft. I’m definitely a barefoot kind of girl and most of the time when I am I wearing something to protect my feet, it’s just sandals or flip flops. So this is one ritual I try to keep up with.
Bottom line, if you’re not the type of babe to get a pedicure every week, add this detox routine to your daily or weekly rituals. It’s super relaxing and makes your feet feel pretty.
My next goal is to try to do a self-pedi with a non toxic nail polish, although it might not be a pretty sight. This babe has usually got the bare look going on and I am not a pro at painting my own nails. Searching for hacks at the moment, so stay tuned.
Kate – Founder of Salt & Ritual
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