Essential Oils, Healthy Living

Homemade {Stress Relieving} Foot Soak

March 9, 2015
DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

Ummm …. want to know a secret?  I have THE ugliest feet … ever.  Seriously … they’re NOT attractive in the least.  I would show you some pictures, but unlike last week’s Facial Mask post … I’m simply WAY too embarrassed.  I took some before pictures … but they are AWFUL.  Awful.  

I tend to live in denial of my feet during most of the winter.  I wake up … put socks on immediately … take a shower … put socks on immediately … climb in bed and then finally remove my socks from under the covers.  My feet barely see daylight.  Except for in yoga.  And then I’m super embarrassed and just hope everyone is focused on themselves (and not my dry, cracked, and weird looking feet).

We were recently in Florida, and although it was just my hubby and kids that got to see my lovely neglected feet … I decided that I should maybe … just maybe, get a pedicure.  Well … that didn’t happen, BUT I found something that is quite possibly even better!

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

Seriously.  

It softens, removes toxins, AND adds a much needed mineral to your body (magnesium) … all at the same time.  PLUS … it’s super relaxing (and sleep inducing, so do it just before bed).

It’s just like being at the spa.  Minus the price tag.  And plus the convenience of being able to roll into bed one minute later.

You can even do this while you have your Restoring Face Mask on (just put on some relaxing music, close your eyes, and pretend you’re at an expensive spa.  Oh … and your husband and kids just might think you’re crazy, but it’s all in the name of beauty … and health.  They’ll get over it)!

First, let me tell you HOW to mix this up (and, by the way … it’s super easy), then I’ll tell you WHY it works.

INGREDIENTS

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

You’ll need (for quite a bit batch):

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MIX IT UP

And here’s how quick it is to mix up:

Combine sea salt, epsom salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.  Mix well.

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

Add 12-15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil or combination of oils.  I love using Stress Away … for obvious reasons (as it’s name implies).

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The FridgeFor foot soaks or baths, I love these oils …

  • Peppermint … for a refreshing, cooling, and soothing soak.  Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lavender  ..  for a relaxing soak.
  • Lime … also refreshing and invigorating
  • Pan Away … this blend of wintergreen and other oils will cools sore, tired feet.

Or some combination of any of these.  Stress Away (my favorite choice) is a blend of Lavender, Lime, Cedarwood and several other oils that really do … melt away stress!

The drops of oil will look like this before mixing:

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

Using a spoon, mix the ingredients again to distribute the oil(s) throughout the mixture.

Once combined, store in a sealable container.  When ready to use … pour about 1/4 cup of the salt/oil mixture into a bowl, add hot water (as hot as you can stand), and add feet!

Grab a good book or a fun magazine and soak for 15 minutes or up to 1 hour!

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

The only picture you’ll be seeing of my feet …

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

When finished … dry off feet and apply a high quality moisturizer.

Now for the WHY.  Why is this foot soak so awesome (try it and you’ll know it feels amazing, but here’s some of the science behind it):

The epsom salt is the key ingredient in this soak.  It helps pull toxins out of your body while adding magnesium into your body.  It reduces overall inflammation, helps prevent or relieve migraines, eases stress, softens your skin, and much, much more (read about it all HERE and HERE).

Baking soda is good for exfoliating and eliminating odor.  It will also help neutralize the chemicals in your water (especially important if you’re not using filtered water for your soak).

The oils you choose to add will also enhance the experience.  Peppermint to cool, soothe, and invigorate.  Lavender to relax.  Tea Tree as a disinfectant, anti-fungal, and for other issues like athlete’s foot.  Eucalyptus as a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral soak.  Read more about Essential Oils HERE.

Even NOT knowing all the science, when you’re done with this soak, your feet (and entire body) will feel relaxed (and probably ready for a restful night’s sleep)!

GIFT IT!

Now … with Mother’s Day coming up and the end of the school year (think teacher appreciation gifts), wouldn’t this be an awesome HOMEMADE gift??

I guarantee your mom or that special teacher in your lives will absolutely LOVE this foot soak!

Put some of the mixture in a cute, sealable jar, add this FREE PRINTABLE label, tie on a scoop*, and give this adorable and MUCH appreciated gift!

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

Download the label template HERE (it prints four per 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper).  Print it onto adhesive backed paper and simply stick it onto the jar!

I purchased a 10 pack of wooden scoops HERE (for all the gift giving I intend to do).

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

Or … just keep the whole batch for yourself (that’s allowed, too!).

DIY Homemade Stress Relieving Foot Soak. Relaxing, Detoxifying, and only a couple ingredients! This would make a great gift! FREE PRINTABLE, too! Via View From The Fridge

So now … my ugly, weird looking feet are looking a bit more presentable these days.  They feel amazing, they’re so soft, and the dead skin is gone.  Now … if I could just get rid of the fact that they’re slightly webbed (yes, like a duck) and have multiple bone spurs (I told you they were bad!!)  #itwas10yearsoffigureskating

If you try this … I want to hear what you think!  I’m pretty sure you’ll be amazed!

If you’re looking to get started with Essential Oils, or are just curious where I get mine (at wholesale prices) … check out THIS PAGE for more information.  

We also have a great March ‘freebie’ package going on now:

Fabulous March Deal: Essential Oils Starter Kit Package

 

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35 Comments

  • Reply Katherines Corner March 10, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I could use this and I love the idea of giving it as a gift too. I am hopping over from project inspired. I invite you to share at my Thursday hop too ♥ xo
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    • Reply Katie March 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      I will be over to share!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Rebecca March 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I am right there with you sista! My husband says I have Fred Flintstone feet! This foot soak looks awesome! I am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness March 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    This sounds AMAZING! I’m sooo not proud of my feet either, especially in the winter. They get SO dry! I’m totally trying this (and then making my hubby rub my feet after! Ha!) :)
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  • Reply Laurie March 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Ooohhh! This looks wonderful and I agree, a great idea for Mother’s Day! Thank you so much for sharing with us on VMG’s Brag About It! I’m pinning!

  • Reply Tenns @ Bliss & Faith March 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I love a good foot scrub, and this one being a DIY…better! I’ve been thinking about getting into essential oils and this scrub is just the thing to get me motivated to try them out. Thanks so much for sharing! Stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday.
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    • Reply Katie March 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Tenns! It really is awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply April G March 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I love using Epsom salt in my foot soaks. I haven’t yet used my essential oils, but I also have another foot soak that I still have. I’ll have to keep in mind. Thanks for linking up with Turn it Up Tuesday.
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  • Reply Dee March 15, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Love it, Katie — pinning to try! :)
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    Stress Away is my absolute favorite oil hands down! I love the limey, woody, vanilla scent. Can’t wait to give this foot soak recipe a try. Sandal weather is coming up after all! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be including this post in My Favorite Things weekend roundup tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

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  • Reply Bridget Sherwood May 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Could you add food coloring to this???

    • Reply Katie May 10, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Yes! You could totally add some green or even blue/red to make purple coloring to give it a more appealing look! Thanks for the question! Hope you had a good weekend!

  • Reply Suzanne May 12, 2015 at 11:17 am

    What a great recipe! Love a good DIY version of an expensive luxury item. And I found out a few days ago that a foot soak with Lavendar essential oil can help ward off an anxiety attack.

    • Reply Katie May 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Ohhh … good to know! I love the smell of Lavender, too!

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    Hey, I love your foat soak!! I was just wondering if you can use it as a bath soak as well.

    • Reply Katie June 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Larissa! Yes … you can totally use it as a full body soak!

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  • Reply Mary November 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Did you use fine or course grain salt? Thanks!

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