Have you ever tried a foot soak for your tired feet after a long hectic day? Isn’t it refreshing? If you haven’t tried this yet, do it now and see how rejuvenated do you feel!
How does soaking feet help you rejuvenate?
There are more than 72,000 nerve endings in your feet. Every nerve ending corresponds to a part of your body. Have you ever seen an acupressure expert who presses feet at different points to heal a disease? This is called reflexology and soaking feet works similarly. Although you don’t put pressure on the points in your feet but soaking them in warm water have similar effects on your body and mind.
- Soaking feet in warm water dilates the blood vessels which in turn improves blood circulation. This makes you relaxed after a busy day.
- Due to better circulation, your tiredness is neutralized and you feel energetic.
- Soaking feet uses the healing power of water to draw out the toxins out of your body. This is done through sweat glands in the feet. Toxins make you sluggish and once the toxins are drawn out of the body, you feel more energetic.
These are the very reasons why foot soak have been used as an important part of healing by various traditional medical branches like traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda of India. Even modern medicine knows the healing benefits of a foot soak and you may recall your physician who often recommends foot bath for pain, inflammation and other such conditions of a tired and aching foot.
Now you also know why soaking your feet is good so let’s move on to get some really effective foot soak recipes for tired feet!
DIY Foot Soak Recipes for Tired and Aching Feet
As you might have felt in the past, foot soaks pamper your tired feet, as well as re-energize and revitalize the skin (why else do people go for pedicure!)
But before you enjoy numerous benefits of a foot soak and also get pretty feet, read these points. These will help you make just the right foot soak recipes for your tired feet.
How to soak tired feet for maximum relief
- Your feet should be fully immersed in water. Pick the tub that comfortably accommodates your feet.
- You need warm water and not hot water. Heat the water (1 or 2 liters of water) and bring it to the temperature which is comfortable for you to immerse your feet. If it has become too hot, add some plain water. If it feels cold to your feet, heat it a little more or add some hot water to the foot bath. Simply said, you should feel comfortable and relaxed with the warm water.
- Let the feet soak in water until it cools down. Generally, 20 minutes is the most suitable time period for a foot soak. You may, however, soak your feet up to 30 minutes.
- You can add any choice of aromatic essential oils (lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil etc. to the foot soak) to enhance the effects of the foot soak for your tired feet.
- Try warm water foot soak every day before going to bed, you will sleep tight.
So, now let’s get the recipes of foot soaks for tired feet.
1. Epsom Salt Foot Soak for Swollen Aching Tired Feet
If you have a swollen feet that hurts you, get some Epsom salt and make this easiest foot bath which is most effective for tired and aching feet. If you don’t have Epsom salt, use the salt that’s available in the kitchen. Any salt will draw out excessive water or toxins stuck into your legs and feet to give you relief from pain as well as tiredness. Additionally, Epsom salt also neutralizes odor
- 1/2 cup of Epsom salt/ Salt
- Water water
- Add Epsom salt or salt to the warm water
- Soak your feet for 20- 30 minutes
- Pat dry thoroughly and apply moisturizer
2. Peppermint Foot Soak for extremely Tired Feet
Peppermint leaves are good for relaxing nerves and improving circulation. What else do you need for your tired feet? Peppermint oil is also used for relieving headache and sore muscles so why not use it for your aching and tired feet too! Epsom salt in this foot soak has been used to give some more relaxation to your extremely tired and swollen feet. If your feet is not that tired, you can omit using the salt in your foot bath.
- 1/2 cup fresh peppermint leaves (or 2-3 tbsp dried mint leaves)
- 8-10 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt/ salt
- Warm water
- Add peppermint leaves and salt to the warm water
- If using mint oil, add this to the water
- Give a gentle stir to the water
- Soak your feet in this water for 20-30 minutes
- Try to get the aroma of mint rising from the warm water. This will soothe your nerves and tired feet.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after soaking
- Apply moisturizer
3. Lemon Foot Soak for Tired Feet
If you have a tired smelly feet at the end of the day, try this foot soak. Lemon is a natural astringent which helps remove food odor and also has a fresh aroma that soothes your nerves. Lemon is a skin rejuvenator too. It has a lot of healing effects on skin. Nourish your tired feet with lemon foot soak.
- Warm water (neither too hot nor too cold)
- 2 medium sized lemon
- Handful of salt (Optional)
- A few drops of eucalyptus oil
- Squeeze the lemon in the warm water (don’t add when the water is boiling, add it after you cool down the water to the right temperature for foot soak and take it in the foot bath tub)
- Gently stir the water after adding lemon juice
- Add salt and eucalyptus oil
- Soak your feet and let it stay for 10 to 20 minutes
- Wash your feet with running water and apply a moisturizer.
Extra tip for lemon foot soak: Shred the rind of lemon and add to the boiling water. Make this foot soak more aromatic and refreshing for your tired feet
4. Listerine Mouthwash and Vinegar Foot Soak for Tired and Dull Feet
But why mouthwash for foot soak? Because they are excellent germ killers and if you have sore feet with lots of dead skin cells, you might try this.
If your feet is not only tired but also dull due to all those dead skin and lack of exfoliation for days (look at the layers of crusts and scales in the feet!), try this foot soak recipe. It will also heal your cracks and make your feet soft. The anti microbial properties of Listerine (or any other mouthwash) will make your tired sweating feet germ free and baking soda will remove all the dead skin cells and give you rejuvenated and smooth feet
- One cup Listerine (or other mouthwash)
- One cup white vinegar (or equal portions)
- Warm water for soaking feet
- Add Listerine and vinegar to the warm water and stir it.
- Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. Let your feet absorb the goodness of Listerine and vinegar even if the water turns cool.
- Wash the feet and pat it dry.
You will see noticeable improvements in the first soak itself. This recipe makes wonders for the extremely dry and crusted feet.
5. Bentonite Clay Foot Soak for Sore Tired Feet
Does your tired feet has pain too? Are you uncomfortable due to the soreness and cracks in your feet? Look no further and try this foot soak. Bentonite clay helps in foot detox. It also moisturizes the dry skin and heals the cracks. Besides, it is one of the simple remedies for sore foot, joint pain and muscle pain. Invigorate your tired feet with bentonite clay foot soak.
- 2 to 3 cups bentonite clay
- A few drops of essential oil (any oil- lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, any)
- Warm water
- Mix all ingredients in warm water and stir it well
- Soak your feet for 20 minutes and wash it with running water
- Pat it dry and apply moisturizer
You can experiment the foot soak recipes with different oil combinations too. Try them one by one and stick to the best foot soak recipe for tired feet. The best is that one which makes you say, ‘Aha!’