Do you have pretty Summer Feet?

I love being able to go barefoot in the Summer, but it does mean I need to pay a bit more attention to my feet.  My simple foot care routine is easy and inexpensive and ensures that I have pretty summer feet.

I like to take a simple foot bath on a regular basis (once a week or sometimes even more often)

Simple Foot Bath.

Fill your foot bath (or basin or bucket) with warm water
Add two tablespoons of Epsom salts. Epsom salts are very helpful for softening dry skin.
Add 5 – 6 drops of your essential oil or essential oil synergy to a teaspoon of carrier oil then add this to the water.  Remember that essential oils do not dissolve in water so add an equal number of drops of emulsifier to your essential oil blend, or if you don’t have an emulsifier add an equal number of drops of liquid soap to disperse the essential oil droplets through the water.
Agitate, then immerse your feet and relax.

Your synergy can be unique to you but here are a few suggestions:

Skin softening Synergy:
3 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
2 drops mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
1 drop palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii.

Invigorating Synergy:
3 drops rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
2 drops grapefruit (Citrus x paradise)
1 drop basil (Ocimum basilicum).

Cooling Synergy:
3 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita)
2 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).

I also like to have a refreshing Foot Spritzer on hand to use whenever my feet feel hot and/or tired.

Refreshing Foot Spritzer

Fill a spray bottle with 50 ml hydrosol or distilled water to which you would add 12 – 15 drops of your essential oil synergy. Shake well and keep the bottle in the fridge to keep it cool. Shake before misting feet for a refreshing, cooling experience.

Refreshing Synergy
Fill a spray bottle with 50 ml hydrosol or distilled water
3 drops spearmint (Mentha spicata)
3 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
3 drops palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii).
Shake and spray as needed.

Peppermint Hydrosol
Fill a spray bottle with peppermint hydrosol.
Use as often as needed.
This is both soothing and cooling.

Here are some suggestions for essential oils with their appropriate properties.

Cypress is cooling and drying. It helps with sweaty feet.
Frankincense revitalizing, reduces sweat secretions, healing to blisters and wounds.
Grapefruit refreshing with diuretic properties. It can help to increase circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system.
Lavender is anti-fungal, antiseptic and helpful with blisters. It strengthens cracked nails.
Palmarosa is an excellent anti-fungal oil, with antiseptic and cooling properties as well.  It helps to regulate sebum and aids in the regeneration of skin.
Peppermint relieves aches and pains, promotes circulation, cools the skin, eases oedema and inflammation, soothes itching.
Patchouli antiseptic and anti-fungal, healing for dry, cracked and chapped skin and has natural deodorant properties.
Rosemary is good for alleviating tired aching feet as well as nourishing dry and cracked skin and promoting circulation.
Tea Tree is an excellent anti-fungal oil, as well as being antiseptic and helpful for sweaty feet.

Enjoy the rest of summer with happy, refreshed feet!