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.
- Use 2 to 3 tablespoons (more if you like) of the mix per each gallon of water used.
Water temperature is at personal preference, but I find the hottest my feet will comfortably tolerate gives the most relief.
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
- Steep in 1 gallon of hot water for 10 minutes before using.
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)
- Directions: Use 1/2 cup per gallon of water.
Single Ingredient Ideas: (add only one of the items below to a gallon of hot water)
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 2 cups brewed coffee
Good to Know:
- Marbles or smooth river rocks can be added to the bottom of the basin to rub feet over while they’re soaking, this feels so good and is so relaxing! These can be found at your local craft store or online (do a seach for “smooth glass stones” or “stone vase fillers” or “aquarium stones” or “river pebbles” or “large glass gems”. Just make sure they are smooth and not rough cut.
- Soothing Essential Oils To Try: peppermint, lavender, lemon, orange, eucalyptus, mint.
- The soaking vessel doesn’t need to be expensive or anything fancy, you can find plastic dish tubs for just a few bucks and they do the trick nicely. Also look at plastic storage tubs, they come in all sizes. After using, wash and dry then stash the packaged soaks inside and cover tub with lid. Handy way to keep everything you need together in one place.
- If skin and heels are also dry and cracked, then use cool to lukewarm water instead of hot. Mix 4 cups of vinegar with 8 to 10 cups of water (approximately 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water). It’s fine to add a few drops of the above listed essential oils to combat the vinegar smell (which will dissipate once your feet are dry).
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!