Choose a foot soak to either relax or give energy boost to your weary feet

A foot soak, also known as a foot bath is a wonderful way to repair and repay our feet.

Taking care of our feet is not only applying nail-polish, performing a foot scrub, or cutting our toenails.

They work hard for us, and although they are a strong and complex anatomical structure, they need that extra step in foot care to make them even more resilient.

Foot Soak

Your feet are especially vulnerable because they take constant abuse from friction and elements but they do not produce sebum, which is your body’s natural oil. These organic skin care recipes for feet are fabulous when used in conjunction with a good foot care schedule. With all of our recipes, we urge you to buy organic ingredients because your skin absorbs pesticides and commercial chemicals from non-organic products.

These recipes have different effects. A salt foot bath relaxes the feet and takes away the swelling. Essential oils are versatile: lavender essential oil foot bath has a very relaxing effect, unlike the peppermint recipe that rejuvenates the feet.

Let’s look at these different recipes:

Baking soda homemade cleanse


  • 1/2 cup of rice
  • water
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda


Baking SodaCook rice in enough water so you have rice water left, around 2-3 cups
Add baking soda into it, let it cool down a bit and dip your feet for as long as the water is warm
Dry them well
This simple recipe is very effective for smelly feet as baking soda acts as an antibacterial agent preventing excessive perspiration. It kills the existing bacteria and prevents any possible infections. The rice water is good for improving

The rice water is good for improving microcirculation.
To make it into a tea tree oil foot soak, try adding a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil into it. Tea tree oil is one of the best ingredients to use in order to fight fungal infections such as athlete’s foot home remedy.

Chopping some parsley into it also has an antibacterial effect and helps improve the circulation.

Salt foot bath


  • 1/2 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt
  • Water


SaltPrepare a large pan of water. Boil it and let it cool down to a temperature you feel comfortable with
Add salt into it, let it dissolve and soak your feet
Salt helps tired, swollen, and achy feet. A solution containing salt and water is hypertonic compared to your skin and skin cells. This means that it drains excess water out of your feet and soaks it up.

Lavender Herbal foot bath


  • 5 liters of water
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt


LavenderBoil water and let it cool down a bit
Add 10 drops lavender oil and salt
Immerse your feet

Lavender is not only used in relaxing bubble baths and foot massage, it is a wonderful ingredient for your feet. It smells good and provides relaxation your feet need.

You could also try sandalwood or Ylang Ylang oils, they also have a soothing effect.

Peppermint foot soak recipe


  • Water enough to cover your feet and reach your ankles
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 drop of lemon essential oil (these two are optional but aid the invigorating sensation of this recipe


peppermintBoil water and let it cool down a bit.
Add the oils and keep the feet in as long as you like. You will experience immediate relief while the preparation will freshen your feet.
After trying out any of these great recipes, it is time for some real pampering.

Milky softness


  • 1/4 fresh lemon juice
  • a bit of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 water


MilkMix all the ingredients and submerge your feet as long as you like
For best results, use it 2 times a week
After you are done, your skin will feel smooth and pedicure will be a breeze. Cuticle care is performed after this, as they are softened and can be pushed back painlessly.

Detox foot soak


  • Black tea (fair trade brands): 2 bags
  • Honey: 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon: 1 teaspoon
  • Hot/ warm water: 1 bucket


Mix all the ingredients in hot water. Let your feet soak in it for about ten minutes. Remove the dead skin by using a pumice stone. Then, make a foot scrub as given below.

Energizing Foot Soak #1

Add 4 cups warmed organic whole milk, 2 tablespoons Epsom Salt, 2 tablespoons organic almond oil and 3 drops organic peppermint essential oil to a warm water foot bath. Soak feet for 15 minutes.

Energizing Foot Soak #2

Add 2 drops of organic lemon essential oil, 2 drops or organic rosemary essential oil, and 4 tablespoons organic oat flour to a warm water foot bath. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Relaxing Foot Soak #1

Add 4 cups warmed organic whole milk, 2 tablespoons Epsom Salt, and 6 drops organic lavender essential oil to a warm water foot bath. Soak for 15 minutes.

Relaxing Foot Soak #2

Add 1/4 Epsom Salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 drops each of these organic essential oils: lemon, sandalwood, coriander to warm water foot bath. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Dry Foot Soak #1

Use warmed whole organic milk and 3 drops organic lavender essential oil. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes and follow with an exfoliating treatment. Rinse well. Massage with a liberally applied heavy organic cream moisturizer and cover with cotton socks for the night.

Dry Foot Soak #2

Add 3 cups organic pineapple juice and 1/2 cup organic coconut milk to a warm water foot bath. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes and follow with an exfoliating treatment. Rinse well. Massage with liberally applied heavy organic cream moisturizer and cover with cotton socks for the night.

Honey Cleanser

You can add this natural mild organic cleanser, which is terrific for feet because of its moisturizing and antibacterial qualities. Wet your foot and apply 1 tablespoon organic clover honey to a warm, wet washcloth rub entire foot thoroughly, being sure to get between all toes and around toenails. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Moisturizing salve


  • Honey: a couple of tablespoons (you can find some good deals in the farmers market)
  • Coconut oil: a couple of tea spoons (alternatively you can try sweet almond oil)


Mix these ingredients in a bowl. When you scrub and detox, you can put the bowl in a bigger vat of warm water to heat the mix. Rub it generously on your feet and keep it on for the next 15 minutes (you can read a book in the meantime). You can even use old socks or saran wrap to wrap your feet up for better results. After fifteen minutes, use warm water and organic soap to rinse off.

Foot soak combined with reflexology or foot massage is a great way to relax or rejuvenate your feet. You can combine oils, ingredients, and find a homemade foot soak that is perfect for you.


About the author

Monica H.

Monika is the Editor-in-Chief at SkinPractice. She is a skin care addict and researcher, who feels strongly about helping people with different dermatology conditions from alopecia to warts.

You can read her recommendations and advice both here at SkinPractice or at Quora where she answers skincare-related questions frequently and is the most viewed author in the Skincare category with more than 2 million views.

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