Aromatic Foot Massage is a gift we can give ourselves all year round, however during these wonderful days of summer, when we are wearing open toe shoes or sandals, or even going barefoot, our feet may need a little extra attention.

Last year I blogged about  Pretty Summer Feet and the year before I shared 10 Essential Oils for Happy Summer Feet so this year I thought I’d thought I’d share some techniques for an Aromatic Foot Massage.  It is very much more relaxing if you can find a friend or family member to do this for you, but it is something that you can do for yourself.

Steps for an Aromatic Foot Massage

Step 1 – Soak

Fill a bowl with warm water, add a drop or two of carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, sweet almond etc.) and soak feet for about 5 minutes.  Remove from the water and pat dry.

Step 2 – Foot Scrub

Gently apply a little foot scrub and gently work the mixture into the foot covering the whole foot and paying attention to the soles and heels.  Once this has been worked in gently rinse it off.

Step 3 – Aromatic Foot Massage

  1. Create your foot massage oil by adding 15 – 20 drops of essential oil or essential oil synergy to 30 ml (1 ounce) of the carrier of your choice.
  2. Put a little of the massage oil or cream in your hand and gently rub your hands together.
  3. Gently and slowly stroke your hands up the foot from the toes to ankle and then bring your hands back to the toes.  Repeat three times.
  4. With your fingers underneath the foot and your thumbs on top of the foot use a gentle squeeze and release action with a “milking action” on the foot. Repeat three times.
  5. Then while you support the foot with one hand, make a fist with the other and knuckle down the sole of the foot to the heel.  Repeat three times.
  6. Support the foot by placing your fingers underneath it, and your thumbs on top of the base of the toes.  Using both your thumbs together stroke up the foot, fanning out to the sides and then glide back to the toes. Repeat a few times.
  7. Still supporting the foot with the fingers of both hands underneath it, and using your thumbs alternatively stroke up the foot again, and glide back down to the toes.
  8. Moving on to the toes, you will massage each one individually.  Support the foot with one hand and work on the toes with the other hand.  Use whichever hand feels most comfortable to you to work with, and change hands during the process if necessary.  Think about what you do with your thumb and forefinger when you want to say ‘show me the money’.  This is the movement you want to make on each of the toes.  Start at the base of the toe and move up to the tip. You can cover all sides of each toe by working the top and bottom of the toe together and the sides of the toe together.  Repeat and move onto the next toe.
  9. Gently and slowly stroke your hands up the foot from the toes to ankle and then bring your hands back to the toes.  Repeat three times.
  10. Finally sandwich the foot between both your hands, one hand on top of the foot and the other underneath the foot and hold for a few moments.
  11. When you are ready, glide your hands off the foot towards the toes, molding them to the shape of the foot and slowly side them off the foot.  Repeat two or three times and move on to the other foot.

Aromatic Foot Scrub Recipe

  • Ingredients:
    1 cup salt (fine sea salt, Dead Sea salts, Epsom salts, table salt any on their own or in combination will do).
    Just enough carrier oil of your choice to make this a nice moist mixture, not too oily nor too dry.  (jojoba, fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond are all good choices)
    15 – 20 drops essential oil synergy.

  • Method:
    Add the oil to the salt until you have the right consistency.
    Add the essential oil synergy to the mixture.
    Package in a nice wide-mouthed glass jar.

  • Use:
    Take a little of the mixture at a time and gently massage over the whole foot.
    Avoid any cuts or abrasions.
    Rinse off well.
    Leaves the skin feeling wonderfully soft and moisturized.

Enjoy the rest of summer with happy, refreshed feet!

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