There are so many reasons that herbal foot soak is good for you, it’s surprising that it isn’t a more common everyday practice! Soaking your feet in warm water with salts and botanicals is a quick and easy way to relieve muscle aches and stiffness. It can reduce inflammation and improve circulation. It can also soften dry skin and deodorize feet. But more than anything else, it feels so darn fantastic.
In gardening season, I use this soak to clean up my dirty, achy feet, especially those summer days when I end up gardening barefoot or in flip flops for 3 hours when I just went out to harvest some mint (I know you have been there too!).
In the winter, my feet get chilly and the skin gets dry, so I use this foot soak as part of a three-step routine to pamper my feet. Three EASY steps, I might add. Soak using the recipe below, then use a foot scrub to remove the rough skin, and finally, moisturize with foot balm.
Herbal Foot Soak Ingredients
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 8 drop pure lavender essential oil
- 6 drops mint essential oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 tsp dried comfrey root powder
- 1 tsp dried lavender
- 1 tsp dried mint leaves
- ¼ tsp dried Monarda (bee balm) petals or dried Centaurea (cornflower) petals
The base of this recipe is Epsom salt, which is the common name for magnesium sulfate. Epson salt is often used in a bath or a foot soak to ease pain, soften skin, improve immunity, and draw out toxicity.
I add herbs and botanicals as well as essential oils to this soak for additional benefits. Herbs have longstanding reputations for their healing properties, some of which are noted below. The resulting blend smells amazingly good, works like nothing else I’ve tried soothing my feet, and looks pretty enough to give as a gift!
- Lavender – soothes nerves
- Mint – cooling and refreshing
- Eucalyptus – antibacterial and antifungal
- Rosemary – deodorizing
- Comfrey – pain relieving
- Monarda and Centaurea petals – add color
1. Fill a pretty jar about halfway full of the Epsom salt.
2. Add essential oils, replace lid, and shake.
3. Remove the lid again, add comfrey and dried herbs, replace lid and shake (again)
4. Add more Epsom salts to fill the jar, replace the lid and shake again.
5. Optional: download and print these freebie canning labels to dress it up.
How to Use a Herbal Foot Soak!
Add 1/4 cup of this mix to an electric footbath or a flat-bottomed bowl of warm water. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes, then pat dry and discard the water. For extra foot-pampering use a homemade foot scrub and a healing foot balm after the soak:
You can also use this recipe in the bathtub! Use 1 cup for a small bath and 2 cups for a larger tub. At the end of the bath, use a drain strainer to collect the herbs and toss them in the compost as opposed to sending them down the drain.