Since becoming a mum I no longer have hours to spend soaking in the bath. In fact, some days I rarely get a chance to sit down with a small child running around. So taking a nice hot bath by myself is near impossible. Then I discovered that soaking the feet in Epsom salt has all the same effects as taking a bath.
In the evenings once my son has gone to bed, while sat at the kitchen table, writing or reading a book, I now soak my feet for 20 – 30 minutes. It’s the perfect solution to my not taking a bath and I still use Epsom salt in the foot soak. Soaking the feet works on the principal that the feet are connected to every part of the body. The feet use the healing power of the water to bring relaxation and draw out toxins from the body through the sweat glands in the feet.
The Epsom salt can also remove toxins from your body that have been known to cause inflammation and body pain. The salt has a magnesium sulphate compound that has been used for a hundred years as a healing agent and pain reliever.
It’s most often added to hot baths as a detoxifying agent and it helps to reduce stress. Epsom salt can also be beneficial for foot health as it can help to reduce inflammation from gout, eliminate bad odour and help treat inflammation. It removes harmful toxins from your body that can make way for the magnesium to be available for energy and muscle function.
Epsom salt foot soaks can cause dry skin on the feet so it can be a good idea to also use baking soda in the water too. A baking soda foot soak can help to soften the skin and make it easier to remove roughness. Soaking feet in baking soda also helps to eliminate foot odour. If you don’t have or can’t get baking soda then make sure you moisturise after the Epsom foot soak to prevent cracked and irritated skin. So if your feet are in need of some TLC, give them a spa treatment with a homemade foot soak.
- Large washing up bowl
- Towels x 2
- Socks x 1 pair
- Warm to hot water x 1/2 washing up bowl
- Epsom salt x 2 large handfuls
- Baking powder x 1 large handful
- Rosemary x 2 sprigs
- Lavender x 4 sprigs
- Tea tree essential oil x 4 drops
- Lemon essential oil x 4 drops
- Moisturiser (to be used afterwards)
- Fill the washing up bowl with the warm or hot water.
- Make sure you don’t make the water too hot or you will burn your feet.
- While the bowl is filling up, add in the Epsom salt, baking powder, rosemary, lavender, tree tea essential oil and lemon essential oil.
- Put the bowl on the floor.
- I always put a towel under the bowl in case of spills.
- Sit on the chair and put your feet in.
- Soak for 20 – 30 minutes and then dry using the other towel.
- Moisturise and put socks on to help the moisturisers sink into the skin.
In this recipe I have used thyme and lavender that we have growing in the garden. If you don’t have these ingredients or can’t source them from anywhere then you can leave them out. Alternatively you can use the essential oils of these two plants. Plus you can change the essential oils to suit your needs or tastes. A foot soak is the ultimate relaxation for me in the evening. If your feet are in need of some TLC, give them a spa treatment with this homemade foot soak.
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