How to make a foot bath?
The feet are probably the parts of our body that suffer the most from our daily activities. Walking, running, ill-fitting shoes or shoes with excessively high heels, toes hitting the corners of the wall… They endure it, our poor feet! And that’s not counting the diseases that can affect them, including fungus, ingrown toenails, etc.
A very simple way to relieve them and help them heal is a foot bath. However, just soaking them in hot water is not enough. Although it can have a relaxing effect, you need to add a little something extra to the bath water to get the full benefit. Here are our tips and tricks for a successful foot bath.
Tips for making a foot bath at home:
1- Basic tips for an effective foot bath
To take full advantage of the virtues of a foot bath, be sure to use a container, basin or other reserved for this purpose, and that you can fill with a minimum of 5 liters of hot water.
Place the basin on a towel to avoid water damage on your floor and make yourself comfortable by keeping a towel handy to wipe your feet.
To relax and have beautiful feet, the foot bath is ideal! Here are some other tips and tricks to check out: How to have beautiful feet?
2- Foot bath devices
Although you can do foot baths in any type of basin, for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, opt for a foot bath machine.
Some models combine water jets, massage rollers, temperature adjustment and other functions to guarantee the most pleasant experience.
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3- Epsom salt foot bath
Ideal for treating sore feet, Epsom salt can be added to the foot bath at the end of a long day. Dilute 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt in 5 liters of hot water, and soak your feet in it for at least 15 minutes.
Additionally, you can add different essential oils to your Epsom salt foot bathto deal with different problems:
- Melaleuca for infections.
- sage for excess sweating.
- lavender for relaxation.
This trick can also be effective against blisters. For other tips and remedies it’s here: How to treat a foot blister?
4- Foot bath recipe against mycosis
Do you suffer from foot fungus? Try this homemade foot bath:
- 5 liters of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- 3 drops of Melaleuca essential oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Combine the ingredients well, and soak your feet in it for at least 15 minutes. Repeat this treatment every day until the mycosis disappears.
5- Foot Soak Recipes for Itching
Do your feet itch? This homemade foot bath recipe will help you relieve them. In a basin containing 5 liters of hot water, dilute between ¼ and 1/3 cup of powdered starch. Then, dry your feet well with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.
If you don’t have starch, you can get the same relieving effects with baking soda. Then use ¼ cup of baking soda in 5 liters of hot water.
Did you know that baking soda is also useful against warts? Come and discover other tips here: Tip for removing a wart.
6- Foot bath for sweaty feet
If your feet tend to sweat too much, these two foot bath recipes might help you solve this problem:
- Sage foot bath: Pour a cup of sage tea into the hot water of your foot bath. Soak your feet for 20 minutes then dry them well.
- Foot bath with bay leaves: make a decoction of bay leaves, then pour it into the hot water of your foot bath. Let your feet soak for 15 to 20 minutes before drying them well.
7- Foot Soak Recipe for Dry Feet
This homemade foot bath recipe will help moisturize and soften the skin on your feet:
- Add a cup of milk and two bags of green tea to the hot water in your basin.
- Soak your feet in it until the skin softens.
- Then, remove dead skin with a pumice stone.
- Finally, coat your feet with shea butter or coconut oil and put on cotton stockings that you will keep on all night.
In the morning, your feet will be very soft.
There are bath recipes designed expressly for dry feet. Come and read our tips right here: How to moisturize your feet?
8- A relaxing foot bath with lavender essential oil
Enjoy the benefits of lavender with a relaxing foot bath. To do this, combine 5 liters of warm water, 6 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt. Once the salt is diluted, soak your feet in it for 15 or 20 minutes.
9- Mint foot bath recipe for tired feet
After a long day, your feet will thank you for giving them this relaxing and refreshing treat:
- 5 liters of hot water
- 10 grams of fresh spearmint or peppermint leaves
- 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
Let the mint leaves infuse in the hot water in the basin before soaking your feet in it, then immerse your feet in it for 10 or 15 minutes. Dry your feet well.
10- Foot bath to treat an ingrown toenail
An ingrown toenail is not only very painful, but can also lead to infection. Before visiting your podiatrist, try taking a foot bath to relieve and help heal your ingrown toenail:
- 5 liters of hot water
- A little antibacterial soap
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt or Epsom salt
Soak your foot affected by the ingrown toenail in it for a few minutes, enough for the skin and the nail to soften. Then, gently lift the nail using a cotton swab, and apply an antiseptic ointment under the nail. Repeat daily until the nail has grown out a bit, and trim it into a square shape.
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