Homemade Foot Soak and Detox

Foot Detox

OK….now I am going to write about what I originally sat down yesterday to write about!  Didn’t quite work out that way. My head and my heart had other things to say apparently. :-) But now that I’ve got that out of my system……I can post about the amazing foot soak that saved my feet on Saturday!

Saturday was a C R A Z Y day!!!  I was on my feet ALL DAY LONG!  First I helped in the kitchen at a funeral luncheon for over 2 hours….then I ran home…changed clothes and hit the road to do a million and one errands in preparation for a Mother’s Day Rib Fest I was hosting on Sunday for 25 people!

First I went to Costco. Have you ever been to Costco on the SATURDAY BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY???????????  Oh my……..I hardly have words to describe it. lol.  Best word I can come up with (which hardly does it justice) is MADHOUSE.  I have a hard enough time going to Costco on a run-of-the-mill day because I am so easily distracted by all the “stuff” there!  But Saturday was RIDICULOUS.  I didn’t intend on staying very long….I was only there to buy ribs…but it took me WAY longer than intended fighting the massive crush of humanity. :-)

Next stop….Target. (Funny, I still pronounce it “tar-ZHAY” in my head ever since I lived in Bismarck, ND and the only ‘fancy’ shopping we had there was “tar-ZHAY” and “zhay-CEE-pen-NAY”!) Here I was looking for a couple of grill accessories for the hubster and some stacking chairs for extra seating for the backyard bbq.  Struck out on both fronts….but was so distracted by the complete RE-design of the store since the LAST time I was there…that once again….I spent WAY longer there than I planned on.  Darn you “tar-ZHAY”!

Since I struck out at Target…my adventure continued…

I reconsidered my options and decided to make one more stop at Home Depot. I imagine that right about now you are thinking…”that Jillee is a CRAZY person! Who goes to Costco, Target AND Home Depot in one afternoon? Let alone on the Saturday before Mother’s Day!?!?”  In hindsight, I would have to completely agree with that line of thinking. :-) While I was eventually successful at finding what I needed at Home Depot….that place is so humongous that I was EXHAUSTED by the time I dragged myself and my overloaded cart out to my car.

By the time I got home (it’s a half hour drive from the “big city” to my town)…it was 6:30pm and the hubster was patiently waiting to help me with the flower planting I wanted to do before the get-together the next day. We ended up digging, planting and mulching flower beds until about 9:30pm. (Yes, I was watering in the dark!) Of course we were STARVING when we were done because we hadn’t stopped for dinner…so I threw some of the salmon that No. 1 son had bought me for an early Mother’s Day present (love that boy!) on the grill and the hubster and I sat down to eat at about 10pm.

Foot Detox

It felt GREAT to finally sit down and relax….but MAN….my “dogs were yappin’!”  (MY FEET HURT!)  I knew I still had some computer work ahead of me so I decided that I would mix up some of this foot soak by April at An Apple A Day Wisdom and soak my feet while I worked.

If it had been the LEAST bit difficult or taxing to make….I would not have even attempted it at that point. I was pretty much at the end of my rope.  But, it was SO EASY to throw together….and it was definitely worth the tiny bit of effort.

Here is all I did:

I took a big 1/2 gallon Mason jar (aren’t these the coolest?  My sister found them at her Ace Hardware in Wyoming!  I’ve never seen them around here anywhere!)…..dumped in 1 cup of Epsom Salt, 1 cup of Sea Salt, 2 cups of Baking Soda, and several drops of Lavender essential oil….put the top on and shook it up!  I then took 1/4 cup of the mixture….added it to a plastic dish pan filled with the hottest water I thought my feet could stand….and proceeded to soak my tired, aching feet!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………what a pleasant experience and what a wonderful way to end a particularly stressful day. :-)

Foot Detox

P.S. This is actually a “recipe” for a Foot DETOX so I have included the other instructions from An Apple A Day Wisdom

“The ions in the salt work as magnets to draw toxins through the skin of your feet out of your body into the foot soak water.

After the thirty minutes are up, dry feet then wash with warm soapy water, dry again then brush the bottoms of feet with a natural fiber foot brush. Only use 100% aloe vera after you are finished. Lotions with additives will leech impurities back into your system after a foot detox.

This detox should be done daily for one week. Then twice a week for 30 days. Then once a week for regular maintenance.”

I personally was just happy to soak my feet in this solution. It really did do wonders for my tired, aching feet….but if it got rid of some impurities at the same time…then I say RIGHT ON! ;-)

A couple of GREAT additions from comments below:

Charon May 14, 2012 at 6:26 am

  • Try putting some peppermint, basil and rosemary essential oils in as well. The peppermint is cooling, the basil is warming and the rosemary is anti-viral/anti-fungal!

Jamie May 14, 2012 at 8:01 am 

  • Add marbles into your container and roll your feet over them for a massage. Works great!

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  1. Sandy says

    I was just thinking about how my feet were aching and when the boy goes down for a nap I want to soak the “dogs”. I don’t have sea salt, only regular or kosher to put with the Epson salt. do you think either of these will work? I just bought a really cute jar from Walmart that will be perfect for this foot soak!!

    • says

      I definitely would try regular salt. Might not have the same “detox” effect….but it would be just fine for aching feet!

      • Jim says

        While watching Food Network I found that ALL salt is sea salt, so any salt will work!
        And yes sometimes us guys want to indulge and soak our feet! Of course after I make it up for my wife, I might be a little crazy, but not stupid (LOL!)

      • says

        Well, yes – and no. The white salt you get at the grocery store has had most of the minerals removed. (They sell them for the supplement industry and table salt is actually the byproduct.) So they’re not exactly the same thing, from a health standpoint. True “sea salt” (not the stuff labeled “sea salt” on the salt aisle of the grocery store that’s still white and free-flowing but that they charge you more for because they’ve labeled it differently) is full of trace minerals that are good for you (and balances out the sodium, if you’re eating it)!

      • Gisela says

        Actually not all salt is sea salt….Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with little processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements. The minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels.

        Table salt is typically mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid.

  2. Charon says

    Try putting some peppermint, basil and rosemary essential oils in as well. The peppermint is cooling, the basil is warming and the rosemary is anti-viral/anti-fungal!

    • Darlene says

      I also put mint and rosemary in this mixture, however I minced up the the herbs and added them. I also added some lavender to the mixture. Such a nice soak anyway you mix it up!!!

  3. Melissa says

    Target usually carries the 1/2 gallon Mason Jars around canning season (Augustish). My store only seems to carry a few each year though.

  4. Kim says

    I just have to say I’m most impressed with the fact that you made the effort to make a proper dinner at the end of your day. I’d have just been cramming whatever junk I could find in the cupboard in my mouth by that time.
    I can’t wait to try this foot soak. This would have been great to include in your post full of teacher gifts!

  5. Jamie says

    Add marbles into your container and roll your feet over them for a massage. Works great!

  6. EmilyM says

    This foot soak recipe has come at a perfect time for me! I spent a lovely Mother’s Day afternoon yesterday with my husband and kiddos going for a 5.5 mile hike…it was so much fun, but my feet are a little tired today! Can’t wait to soak my feet after my kids are in bed tonight!

  7. Jodi says

    Excuse me for being daft, but “detox” what? Is it primarily the feet, or dtoxing your body?

    • says

      Jodi…you’re so daft! ;-) J/K!

      According to April at Apple A Day Wisdom…..The ions in the salt work as magnets to draw toxins through the skin of your feet out of your body into the foot soak water.

      Hope this helps.

  8. Tanya Leavitt says

    the smith and edwards (also an ace) out by my house (willard) has the large jars

  9. jkincolorado says

    This sounds divine!! I can’t wait to try it out. Would it be counter-productive to the detox to drink wine while soaking?!!? :)

    • PippaP says

      Maybe counter-productive, but I was planning to do that anyway! I figure I earned it and so did you! By the way, isn’t red wine healthy?