I love just about everything about summertime, except having sore, swollen feet at the end of the day. Unfortunately, the two seem to go hand in hand. But on the plus side…tired, aching feet are usually a sign of a day well spent!.
If your busy summer is making your feet hurt, I have a great way to fix the problem, and it’s relaxing to boot!
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The fix for sore and swollen feet is actually quite simple – a foot soak! Specifically, a foot soak containing Epsom salt. Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, and these minerals can be absorbed through your skin. Magnesium in particular can help reduce pain and inflammation. Combine Epsom salt with a little baking soda for exfoliating and odor control, and you have a simple and effective foot soak that’s a treat for feet!
Homemade Foot Soak
Add the Epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oils to a large bowl or jar. Stir or shake thoroughly to combine. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container for storage.
How To Use
Fill your foot bath with hot water. (I don’t own a foot bath, but I found a cheap plastic dish pan at Walmart and it works just as well!) Add 1/4 cup of the foot soak mixture to the water and stir.
Soak your feet in the water for about 20 minutes or so. (You need to soak for AT LEAST 15 minutes to get the full benefits of the Epsom salt!)
After your foot soak, rinse and dry your feet. Then follow up with a good, natural moisturizer (like aloe vera gel, shea butter, or coconut oil). Perform this foot soak once a week, or as needed for softer, happier feet!
Bonus Tips (From Readers Like You!)
I always say that I get some of the best ideas and feedback from the comments on my blog posts. Here are a few tips from readers that can help you take your foot soak to the next level.
- OGT reader Jamie has a suggestion for making your foot soak even more relaxing. She writes… “Add marbles into your foot bath and roll your feet over them for a massage. Works great!”
- OGT reader Charon has a tip for packing more benefits into the foot soak mix. She writes… “Try putting some basil and rosemary essential oils in as well. The basil is warming, and the rosemary is anti-viral/anti-fungal!”