Probably the most ideal way to unwind and relax is to use essential oils for foot care. And this is especially true if you spend a lot of time on your feet.
First of all, the 26 bones in the human foot take a beating every day due to normal activities. You may also set your fitness watch to count up to 10,000 steps! And while that’s excellent for the heart, brain, and other parts of the body, you don’t often think about how your feet are affected.
As a result, by the time you get into bed, it’s easy to forget that a few moments of caring for your feet might be quite beneficial and healing for the entire body as well.
Essential oils for foot care can cleanse, deodorize, purify, and reduce pain.* They can also provide relief for blisters, cuts, and wounds.* In addition, soaking the feet after running or vigorous exercise can relax the muscles and relieve aches and pains.
With certain health ailments, it is especially important to care for the feet. Especially relevant is that diabetics can have more damaged nerve endings. As a result, this can impair the sweat glands, causing the feet to be extra dry. In order to prevent bacterial and fungal infection, it is important to restore moisture, which can be done with essential oils.*
Additionally, if you are an athlete (jogger, dancer, or just continually on your feet), it’s important to give your muscles the time they need to reset and restore themselves. Oils can help with bruising, stress, inflammation, nerve damage, discomfort, and so much more.*
In fact, if you use essential oils for foot care, you’re really using them on the entire body! Your feet contain some of the largest pores on the body, so it is believed that oils are absorbed more quickly in this area. Use 2-3 drops, covering the surface area of the bottoms of your feet. The oils will then circulate throughout the body.
For bruising and inflammation, use 3 drops Peppermint, 1 drop Rosemary, and 3 drops Geranium in a hot bath.*
For an even more effective formula, blend this with 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts and 3 teaspoons salt. Use this in hot water, soaking the feet for ten minutes.
There are many essential oils for foot care. Read further for more suggestions. We’ve compiled lists of some of the best blends of oils for foot care.
Here’s a bright, cheerful blend you can make to relax and restore your tired feet: 4 drops Lemon, 2 drops Nutmeg, 2 drops Orange, and 4 drops Clary Sage. Blend with the same amount of Epsom salts and salt and use as a foot bath.
The following oils provide excellent benefits for feet:
Tea Tree: Deodorizing and antifungal; disinfects, cleans, reduces pain; use for fungal infections, blisters, athlete’s foot, burns, cold sores, infected wounds, insect bites, rashes, warts.*
Lavender: Heals wounds, but is also a tremendously relaxing remedy for your feet. Soak your feet in a large bowl of hot water that covers your ankles and add 2 drops of lavender oil.*
Peppermint: Purifies skin, improves circulation, stimulates cell growth. Excellent for muscle rubs. Pair with eucalyptus to cool and soothe. Use directly or with a carrier. Irritating for some skin types.*
Roman Chamomile: Analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Good for abscesses. Calms sore, swollen feet.*
Rosemary: Relieves your body from fatigue.* Soak your feet in warm water combined with 3 drops Rosemary and 1 tablespoon baking soda.
Geranium: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and calms nerves.*
Lavender, always the versatile oil, is an excellent antibiotic, capable of healing blisters and cuts and preventing infection.* You can also rub lavender on your feet before bed to improve sleep.*
To prevent infection in an ingrown toenail, massage daily with 10 drops Lavender and 10 drops Tea Tree oil, diluted in 1 tablespoon carrier oil.*
If you are an athlete, foot pain can be very disruptive, and seriously hamper future progress.
For the following blends, dilute 1-2 drops of each oil to one teaspoon carrier oil and use as a massage oil, and follow up with a foot bath.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
General muscle pain throughout the body usually accompanies sore, achy feet. See our product suggestions to help alleviate the pain here.