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Comfort Tired & Sore Feet With These Easy Hot Water Soaks

If you’re a shift worker walking, standing and dashing around all day, you know very well what aching feet is all about. One way to soothe and pamper these tired, aching tootsies is to soak them in a hot foot bath. This is such a simple remedy and the soaks are so easy to make, yet they are luxurious, soothing and oh so effective.

Here are a handful of recipes to try, each use only a few ingredients and the items are accessible to source locally or online.

They can be whipped up in large batches if preferred so you can keep a stock ready on hand (shake container occasionally) or package them nicely and give away as gifts (seal in glass jars, label and add some decorative ribbon too if you like).

Directions: Unless otherwise noted, combine all ingredients thoroughly then store in an airtight container.

Water temperature is at personal preference, but I find the hottest my feet will comfortably tolerate gives the most relief.

Basic Recipe:

1 part Epsom salts
1 part Baking soda
drops of choice EO (optional)

Chamomile Tea: #2

4 bags chamomile tea
1/8 cup dried parsley
4 drops EO of choice


2 cups Kosher salt
1 cup Epsom salts
drops EO of choice (optional; suggestions for Essential Oils to try are noted below)


1 1/4 cups Epsom salts
1 1/4 cups Kosher salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch


1 cup lemon juice
3 TBS olive oil
1/4 cup milk


1/2 cup lavender buds (fresh or dried, both work well)
10 drops lavender EO (optional)
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup Kosher salt (or use 2 cups Epsom)


Single Ingredient Ideas: (add only one of the items below to a gallon of hot water)

Good to Know:

Helpful Tip For Floor Workers: If you have a job where you are standing on your feet all day, something I’ve recently discovered that is so helpful are compression socks. You can buy them knee high or ankle height and I tried both when traveling. I was on my feet from before dawn to early evening, walking most of the day for nearly two weeks straight. These are also especially helpful when dealing with Plantar fasciitis (when the bottoms of feet hurt). I never had a problem with swollen or sore feet when wearing them and after talking to a couple friends who are nurses (shift work) and in retail, they too find that these socks really help. You can find them online in various retail outlets. Hope this helps!