Natural Feet Pampering

A relaxing summertime pleasure at the end of a hot day is a pampering foot soak! I especially appreciated this treat as a pregnant mama last year for my tired feet when we had incredibly hot weather.

Choose natural ingredients, which provide healing, nourishing benefits, instead of chemical-filled “bath & beauty” products.

You don’t need an expensive trip to a salon or a wide variety of cosmetics. A small amount of sea salts and essential oils can provide an inexpensive and delightful “at home spa” experience.

Natural Foot Soak

  • Fill a basin with warm water.
  • Add 1/2 cup Epsom Salts or Dead Sea Salts, and allow to dissolve
  • Dash in a few drops of essential oils (peppermint, tea tree, and lavender can be especially refreshing).
  • Make sure to grab a tall glass of cold water (add a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon!) to sip on while your feet are soaking, and then immerse your feet in the basin and relax!
  • If you want a bit of exfoliating, use a natural Ayate Washcloth.
  • When you are finished soaking (about 15-20 min), pat feet dry with a fluffy towel, and massage feet and legs gently. (This is a great “date night at home” activity to do together!)
  • With the massage, rub in a homemade soothing moisturizing balm, or pure shea butter or cocoa butter.

(I purchase my bath ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

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Do YOU enjoy a similar pampering? What are your favorite ingredients?

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.

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15 comments to Natural Feet Pampering

  • Okay, totally off topic, but I was looking at the picture, trying to figure out how you could make feet appear to be both left feet. It was driving me mad. Then I went to look at the photo credit and saw how someone was comparing their foot and their friends. Clearly I need more coffee this morning! :)

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    Michele @ Frugal Granola Reply:

    @Kelly, Haha! :)

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  • Meg

    @ Kelly – I did the same thing! *sigh* Coffee, I miss thee so…

    @ Michele – my sister and I make a regular habit of these kinds of pedicures. Actually, do you have a nail polish you’d recommend? I’ve tried some of the “natural” ones, and they… well, they left something to be desired. 😉 Thanks.

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    Michele Reply:

    @Meg, I like “No Miss”- http://www.nomiss.com/
    I’ve been using the “Beverly Hills Bodacious” color (haha!) for the past year, and it’s been great. But I think there are quite a few “green/safe” polish companies out there.

    Blessings,
    Michele :)

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  • Corinne

    Kelly & Meg -I did the same thing too, but I have already had my coffee! Yikes! I need more fish oil for my brain!

    Michele, great post, but then, I so enjoy your blog! Thank you!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Corinne, Thank you, Corinne! :) I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • YES! my all-time favorite frugal foot pampering: mix salt and olive oil to form a scrub. soak feet in water, and then rub the scrub over feet. it is so effective and feels great!!

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    Michele Reply:

    That sounds so nice! :) I usually apricot kernel oil instead of olive oil.
    Michele

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  • For exfoliation I use a grapefruit half dipped in coarse sugar. Then I rub olive oil into my feet and soak in warm water.

    I like the addition of a cool glass of water with mint!

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  • I’m borderline obsessed with keep my foot smooth and cute (to make up for a terrible bunion, I’m sure:). Thanks for the tip!

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  • I’ve never done this. It sounds really nice. I have all the ingredients, but I don’t know what I would use to soak my feet in. Do you have a washtub just of soaking your feet?

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    Michele Reply:

    @The Prudent Homemaker, I have a “dishwashing basin” that we’ve had for years, and used for camping, etc. (They’re available in most department stores. I think mine was from Target.) The large basins that hospital patients get work too.

    You can use a large bowl or pot. Or, you can pour a shallow bath in the bathtub, and soak your feet.

    Enjoy! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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