Table of Contents
- 1 Foot scrub recipes that soften and rejuvenate your feet
- 2 Foot reflexology – how can you benefit, how it works, and who can have it
- 2.0.1 Who Can Benefit from Reflexology?
- 2.0.2 How Does Reflexology Work?
- 2.0.3 What Happens During a Reflexology Session?
- 2.0.4 Reflexology – is it safe for everyone?
- 2.0.5 Reflexology – Finding a Therapist
Foot scrub recipes that soften and rejuvenate your feet
We often find our feet callous and cracked, dried out. A foot scrub is what our feet need so that the dead skin layer can be removed and the new one can emerge.
Facial exfoliants and body scrubs have the same effect. They should be applied after you have taken a shower or have soaked your feet in a homemade foot soak. This way the skin is softened and easier to scrub off.
It is also a good way to treat the bothersome foot corn that appears on the hairless parts of the foot. Homemade foot scrub recipes come with different ingredients. Each has to have an exfoliating agent: sea salt, brown sugar, Epsom salt, oatmeal.
Each one also has to have a relaxing and soothing ingredient that calms the skin down and prevents any possible irritations.
Some are more elaborate, beach sand foot scrub for example, a scrub that has become very popular in recent years, but they all do the same thing.
Let’s start with a simple scrub
Brown sugar foot scrub
Same as in the brown sugar body scrub, brown sugar helps slough off the dead skin cells.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground oats
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond oil (in case you don’t have almond oil, use olive oil, it is a great substitute).
- Before you start preparing this scrub, grind the oatmeal using a coffee grinder or food processor. It has to be of sandy consistency, flaky and light otherwise it will scratch the skin.
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until it resembles a paste
- Use circular motion and massage gently.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- 1 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup of cold water
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- Start off by gradually adding water to salt and lavender oil
- As you are adding it, you want to make sure the mix starts looking like a paste. It has to be not too liquid and not too solid, it should be like soft though otherwise, it will run between your fingers
- Rub your feet and soles in circular motion
- Rinse off with warm water
The following two recipes are courtesy of Spaindex.com
Homemade strawberry scrub
- 8-10 strawberries
- 2 tablespoons Apricot oil (you may substitute with olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of coarse salts, such as Kosher salt, or Sea Salt
- Mix all ingredients into a paste, massage into feet, rinse and pat dry
This foot scrub is a great introduction to the application of homemade foot cream or a store bought one for that purpose. Here is a recipe to a wonderful overnight foot masque.
OVERNIGHT FOOT MASQUE
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 dry oatmeal
- 3 tablespoons food grade cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Process almonds in a blender or coffee grinder until finely ground
- Set aside
- In the same blender, pulse your oatmeal until the same consistency
- In a bowl, combine ground oatmeal, cocoa butter, honey, and ground almonds
- Rub into your clean feet, step into cotton socks, and leave on overnight
- The next morning, remove the socks and rinse feet in cool water
- Pat dry
- We recommend you not remove the socks until you’re standing in the tub
Let me tell you why this mask is so good. Almonds and oatmeal act as exfoliators, gentle on the skin, yet powerful to remove the dead skin.
Oatmeal is hypoallergenic at the same time. Cocoa butter moisturizes and nourishes the skin, while honey adds an antibacterial touch to the whole mix. Great recipe!
A friend told me about this foot care tip:
Use a regular foot cream or any greasy cream. Apply on your feet and wrap up in foil. Leave the foil on for a couple of hours. After you remove it, the best thing to do is foot massage after which you wipe off the excess cream.
COFFEE FOOT SCRUB
- 4 tablespoons of ground coffee (fresh is the best)
- 3 tablespoons of corn meal (or ground oatmeal)
- 3 tablespoons of sea salt or Epsom salt
- 3 tablespoons of Olive or Almond oil
- 2 drops of lavender oil (or peppermint if you don’t need relaxing, but simply want some energy boost
- Mix all the ingredients well
- Scrub your feet in circular motion
- Rinse off with warm water and pat dry
Finish off your foot care routine by giving yourself a relaxing foot massage by using a free foot reflexology chart or watch these free videos:
Free foot massage video:
Foot reflexology – how can you benefit, how it works, and who can have it
Foot reflexology is a complementary therapy which works on the feet to help and heal congestion in other ‘related’ parts of the body.
Reflexology is a gentle therapy used to help restore and maintain your body’s natural equilibrium.
Reflexology isn’t capable of curing any serious or life-threatening medical disorder and does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe; however, as an alternative healing method, it is extremely popular with people from all walks of life.
Who Can Benefit from Reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all.
Many people use reflexology as a means of relaxing the mind and body and it has been shown to be an effective tool for:
With stress being so prevalent in our society today, this gentle, soothing therapy provides a method of stress release that can help on a physical, mental and emotional level.
How Does Reflexology Work?
By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, reflexology increases circulation and can promote specific bodily and muscular functions.
The hands and feet are more sensitive than most people realize. A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
Studies have shown reflexology to make improvements in physical and emotional movements, increase self-esteem and confidence and improve the ability to stay motivated and improve concentration.
What Happens During a Reflexology Session?
According to Chinese medicine, the soles of the feet hold the sensory nerves of the internal organs that are spread through the body.
During a reflexology session, the therapist applies manual pressure to the feet, working on specific points that connect with different zones in your body.
Pressure is then applied to particular areas of the soles of the feet.
Deposits and imbalances are sought out and released in order to remove blockages and restore the flow of blood and energy.
Reflexology uses hands, fingers, a wooden stick, cream, and oils to stimulate a reflex action in another part of the body.
When properly practiced, reflexology gives a feeling of well-being and relaxation as it stimulates the body to help heal itself.
You should wear loose comfortable clothes that are unrestricting as only your shoes and socks will be removed.
Reflexology – is it safe for everyone?
If you have a heart condition, diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure or kidney problems, you should consult your healthcare provider before embarking on a course of reflexology.
Pregnant or menstruating women and people who are bleeding either internally or externally should not receive reflexology
Reflexology massage can be given every day but only for a duration of 45 minutes. You should begin to experience a positive difference after one or two treatments. Most people experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
Occasionally people report feelings of nausea, tearfulness or feeling lethargic after a reflexology session. Therapists say this is part of the healing process.
It is important that you report any of these feelings to your reflexology therapist so that he or she can adapt your treatment plan accordingly.
Reflexology should be avoided for at least one hour after meals. As with most massage therapies you should drink plenty of water after treatment.
Many people use reflexology as a means of relaxing the mind and body and it has grown in popularity in recent years as a way of relaxing and de-stressing from the pressures we all face on a day to day basis.
Reflexology – Finding a Therapist
To get the best from a reflexology session you should seek out a suitably trained therapist. Most Spas, salons and health clubs now offer massage treatments and some therapist will carry out a reflexology treatment in the comfort of your own home.
I hope that some of these homemade foot scrubs intrigued you enough to try them and show off wonderfully pedicured feet!