Thanks to the busy schedule and hectic lifestyle of today’s society, we spend a lot of time on our feet every day. Furthermore, we often wear improper footwear and don’t pay much attention to the health of our feet, which can leave them in a ruined state. Over time, this can lead to foot pain, which can seriously impair your movement if left untreated.
Learning how to care for your feet will prevent the pain and keep them soft and nurtured. Continue reading the article below to learn tips on how to soak your feet in natural mixtures in order to keep them healthy and looking great.
Why soak your feet?
Foot soaking has been used as a natural method of boosting feet health for centuries. Before bubble baths were even invented, people soaked their feet in warm water in order to relax them and improve the circulation within. Soaking won’t take more than 10 minutes of your time, and is one of the best and simplest things you can do for your health.
How to make your own foot soak?
There’s no special equipment needed – you only need a tub or bowl and some hot water. The tub should be deep enough for your feet to be submerged, and the water should be hot, but not scalding. It doesn’t matter how much time you take – once the water turns cold, either end the treatment or pour some more hot water in.
Natural homemade foot soaks
Below you can see a few natural homemade foot soaks that will relax your feet and keep them in optimal shape.
1. Vinegar and Listerine
This unusual combination will soften your skin and relax your feet while also exfoliating them without using sharp tools. Mix a part of amber Listerine with a part of vinegar and 2 parts of hot water, then soak your feet in the mixture for 10-15 minutes. For best results, use a foot scraper in the end in order to remove dead skin cells. Of course, you need to rinse your feet with warm water in the end.
Any type of vinegar is a great option for a foot soak, but apple cider vinegar is the best. Add a cup of it in the tub of water and soak your feet in for 10-15 minutes a couple times a week to keep them soft and in perfect shape.
3. Homemade foot detox baths
There are many ingredients you can add to the baths which will keep your feet healthy, including baking soda, ginger, Epsom salt or clay. If you decide to use baking soda, add 3 tablespoons in the bath and mix well until it dissolves. For ginger, you should brew a cup of ginger tea and add it to your bath. If you decide to use Epsom salt, add a cup of them in your bath. Finally, if you choose clay, you should use ½ a cup in the tub.
4. Athlete’s foot bath
If you’re suffering from this nasty infection, you should soak your feet in an ACV bag. If the infection’s severe, you should add 20-25 drops of tea tree oil as well as 6-8 bags of Pau d’Arco tea. The baths should be used several times a day in this case.
5. DIY fungal toenail infection remedy
A foot soak with Listerine and ACV is a great effective treatment for nail fungal infections. Soak your feet daily in this bath and the infection should go away soon.
6. Sore feet bath
Use an Epsom salt bath to relieve sore feet after a hard day at work.
Salt baths are great for eliminating infections and keeping your skin soft and healthy. Oats are great for your feet as well – just throw a handful in the bath and soak your feet in it to make your feet soft. Adding different essential oils in the bath will eliminate various infections on your feet and provide extra benefits to the soak.
Before going to bed, a lavender and oat soak will do wonders for your feet. Bergamot or basil oil will reinvigorate your feet and keep them soft and healthy. Natural bath salts will also relax your feet and keep the skin soft.
If you have open wounds on your feet, be careful what you add to the soak. Always use natural ingredients and avoid adding commercial products even if they are labeled as natural. Read the labels of everything you add to the soak to keep your feet healthy.
Beautiful feet are so much more than just baby-soft skin. They also need to be relaxed and kept clear of any imperfection or disorder that might affect them. Start using these foot soaks today, and we’re sure your feet will thank you.