Posted on: 21 June 2016
If you have to see a podiatrist for whatever reason, you have no doubt realised that between visits is the time when you really need to focus on keeping your feet as healthy as possible. A great way of maintaining the health of your feet between visits is through the use of essential oils. Essential oils are usually obtained through the distillation of plants, and they are often used for their healing properties. Read on for two great recipes that you can use to treat and protect your feet, plus an explanation for exactly why they are so beneficial.
A great way to remove dead skin cells on the feet is through the use of a scrub. Commercial scrubs can be expensive and filled with unnecessary chemicals, but you can easily make your own scrub using hydrating, softening ingredients, plus some healing essential oil. Here is everything you'll need to make a sugar scrub that will leave your feet feeling like you've just walked out of your podiatrist's office:
What you'll need:
- 125ml sugar (white or brown -- both work equally well)
- 125ml oil (olive oil and coconut oil are great choices)
- the essential oil of your choice, though lemon is a great option due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. If you have issues with foot fungus, go for tea tree oil instead, as this powerful oil has proven antifungal properties.)
Simply mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar. Use the scrub as needed when you're in the bath or shower, massaging it into the feet. Rinse well. Your feet will feel soft and refreshed. Be sure to keep the scrub in the fridge so it lasts longer.
Although you wash your feet every time you take a bath or shower, it's a good idea to give them a soak with essential oils once a week so that you can really give them the attention they need. The following foot soak will not only be incredibly relaxing and moisturising, it will also remove any fungus that you may have in or around your toenails.
What you'll need:
- Epsom salts
- Cedarwood or Cypress essential oil
To use, dissolve 250ml of Epsom salts in warm water and add a couple of drops of cedarwood or cypress essential oils. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes; the Epsom salts will relax and soften tired, stressed feet, and both of these oils have antiseptic properties that will help really clean your feet. If you need something antifungal, choose cedarwood for its known antifungal properties.
Do these two steps regularly between podiatrist visits to help keep your feet healthy and rejuvenated.Share