Everyone needs a foot tub. A simple plastic tub will do, as long as your feet fit comfortably and it can hold a couple litres of water to cover your feet for a soak. Treat yourself to a foot soak at least once per week.
You will need:
- A soaking tub/bin
- A clean dry towel
- Exfoliating scrub
- Optional nail trimmer, cuticle pusher, pumice stone
- Clean cosy socks or slippers
Our feet put in a lot of work for us and deserve to be treated kindly. Even if you don’t use your feet much at all, according to reflexology theory the foot carries points and centres that affect nearly every part of the body, so massaging the feet has the potential to lead to an overall more relaxed body.
Add your favourite bath soak salt or melt to the foot rub tub with hot tap water. Allow your feet to soak several minutes. Make sure you remove any nail polish first to reap the fullest benefits for your feet.
Take your favourite exfoliator and scrub each foot. At the exfoliation stage you may want to use a pumice stone to help soften any callouses you may have on your feet.
Use a bit of soap to rinse of the exfoliator in the tub.
Next, pat the feet dry with a towel. This is an ideal time to trim up the nails and cuticles and remove any unsightly dirt that may have made it’s way under the nails.
Take a rich butter like cocoa butter or shea butter and rub it for several minutes into the tops and bottoms of your feet and even the ankles and bottom part of the leg.
Put on some cosy socks and enjoy your happy feet!
Here are some easy lovely recipes to try:
- Chamomile or peppermint tea bags
- 1 – 2 TBSP honey
- Dead Sea, Himalaya, or Epsom salt
You may want to heat a cup or two of water on the stove and add the teabags and honey there first before adding everything to the foot soak tub.
Try rose petals and a few drop of rose essential oil, if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience. If you need a foot bath to perk up tired feet, try peppermint.
Beware using peppermint before bedtime though; you may find it is too stimulating and disruptive to sleep.