Your feet work hard all day, taking you from place to place. Show a bit of gratitude and treat your feet to a revitalizing evening of spa therapy. With economical, homemade recipes and a few minutes of your time, you can soothe aching feet, soften rough skin and rid yourself of food odor. Natural home remedies are easy to apply and simple to put together. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard.
Begin your foot spa treatment by washing your feet. If you’ve been working all day, odds are they’ll need it. Fill a basin with warm water, moisten your feet and cover them with a dab of liquid soap. Rub your feet to work up a later and then rinse them clean. Pat to dry, paying particular attention to the area between the toes. Then grab a pumice stone and buff away any dry, cracked skin that may be visible around your heels and rub down any toe calluses. Trim your nails, cutting them straight across the toe. Cutting or filing toenails in a curve can lead to ingrown nails.
Scrub your feet with a sugar scrub. Combine ¼ cup of granulated sugar with 1 tbsp. of body lotion or mix ½ cup of dark brown sugar with ¼ cup of almond oil. To either mixture, add six drops of tea tree oil and stir until blended. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties and can help fight nail infections. Massage the sugar scrub into your skin, applying light pressure and moving your fingers in a circular pattern to exfoliate any dead skin cells. Then rinse away with warm water.
It’s now time for a soothing foot soak. Combine 6 cups of water and 3 cups of milk in a large saucepan. Heat this combination until it is warm but not yet hot. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in ¼ cup of honey. Mix until the honey has completely dissolved. Fill a clean basin with the mixture and sit in a comfortable position with your feet submerged. This modern version of Cleopatra’s milk and honey baths works as well now as it did in ancient times. Milk contains lactic acid and vitamins A, D and E, which smooth, soften and nourish the skin. Honey acts as a natural moisturizer and has compounds that act as antibacterial agents, preventing possible foot infections and helping amplify cell growth to improve the appearance of damaged skin. Soak your feet for at least 15 minutes to achieve the greatest resultsl.
References and ResourcesCreate Spa Treatments at Home
Health Benefits of Honey and Milk
Tea Tree Oil Fact Sheet