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Refreshing Foot Soak and Massage Oil Recipe

Updated on May 28, 2013

Tired, Stressed and Sore Feet

a quick massage at work will give temporary relief to aching feet.
a quick massage at work will give temporary relief to aching feet. | Source

DIY Foot Spa and Massage ~

When you find you are on your feet most of the day, what better way to detox, refresh and rejuvenate your footsies than a foot soak followed by an easily applied massage oil.

.Massage was one of my favorite disciplines and treatments to do as a Beauty Therapist. While I may no longer work as a Therapist, I do like to keep doing back, neck, face, head, hands and feet massage on my partner or family when called upon.

I have always found myself on my feet a good 8-9 hours in work (retail, massage work and make-up artist) not feeling aches and pains until the moment I sat down.

Then my feet would invariably fight back and say “What about us, we support your body do you not think we should be given some tender loving care or TLC?” Our feet are often forgotten about until the warmer months and open toed sandals, flip-flops and bare foot walks along a beach entice us to show our feet.

I remember well my mum having a Radox bath or soaking the aches and pains away from her feet and finding relief from a simple foot soak.

Here I have shown how easy it is to make your own super beneficial soak with toxin drawing salt and two powerful essential oils which are ideal for hot tired sore feet. When followed by your own quick homemade therapeutic massage oil, your feet will never feel or look so good.

Time For a Relaxing Foot Soak

take time out to de-stress and revitalize your feet with a foot soak.
take time out to de-stress and revitalize your feet with a foot soak. | Source

Aches and Pains be Gone!

refreshing foot soak and massage oil recipe will take care of sore and swollen feet.
refreshing foot soak and massage oil recipe will take care of sore and swollen feet. | Source

Refreshing Foot Soak ~

1 cup Epsom Salts

5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Foot Spa Bowl or Plastic Basin

Towel

Method:

  • Fill your bowel or basin with fairly warm water.
  • Place your towel in front of the basin.
  • Add in the salt and give it a stir.
  • Add your 10 drops of essential oils and stir once more.
  • Add both feet (preferably together) and immerse them in this wonderful detoxifying soak.
  • Relax on the sofa or comfy chair for a good 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove one foot at a time and place on the towel.
  • Wrap the towel around the foot gently and dry off by patting all over, not forgetting in-between the toes to prevent any fungal bacteria growing.

The next step I highly recommend is to exfoliate the feet while the skin is warm, soft and the pores are open. Making your exfoliating foot scrub is simply done using everyday ingredients including oatmeal, honey, brown sugar and olive oil.

These ingredients combine to gently remove all the dead skin cells, improve circulation and have a deep pore cleansing, calming and nourishing effect on the feet.

If you feel like skipping the scrub to another time then finish with a nourishing, moisturizing and rejuvenating massage oil. Here is the recipe.

Professional Foot Soak and Massage

while a professional working on your feet is heavenly, it is easily doable in your own home.
while a professional working on your feet is heavenly, it is easily doable in your own home. | Source

Two Thumb Pressure

manipulation massage movements up and down the foot has reflexology benefits to the entire body.
manipulation massage movements up and down the foot has reflexology benefits to the entire body. | Source

Stretch Those Pinkies

amazing release of pain.
amazing release of pain. | Source

Foot Massage Oil Recipe ~

5 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil

10 drops Orange Essential Oil

6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

4 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

1 Small Dark Glass Dropper Bottle (recycled small dark glass jar will do)

Small funnel (optional)

Method:

  • Add the almond oil to your container.
  • Add the essential oils one by one.
  • Screw on lid and give a few shakes to blend together.
  • Always give it a shake before using to combine the oils.
  • This will last for up to 6 months once stored in a cool, dry and dark place.

To Apply Massage Oil:

  • Having someone massage your feet is the best feeling however it can be done easily on your own feet if no volunteers are around.
  • Drop 2-4 drops of oil into the palm of your hands and rub together gently.
  • Doing one foot at a time, hold the front of the foot with both hands (one hand if easier). With both thumbs start at the bottom of the foot and with a little pressure start pushing up the sole of the foot towards the toes. Repeat this up and down the foot 4 or 5 times.
  • Holding the foot in a similar way use the thumbs to “scissor” across the foot with a little pressure, moving up and down 4 or 5 times.
  • Holding the foot with one hand, create a fist with the free hand. Use this to “knead” the sole with your knuckles, up and down 4 or 5 times.
  • Taking each toe one by one give them a gentle but firm stretch.
  • Finish by massaging all over the foot and heel until your oil has almost absorbed into the skin.
  • This you then repeat with the other foot.
  • For an extra salon treat doable at home check out Thelma’s gorgeous Paraffin Wax for Hands and Feet.

Easy massage movements for tired feet

Essential Oils

lavender, peppermint and lemon are excellent oils to choose for soaking feet.
lavender, peppermint and lemon are excellent oils to choose for soaking feet. | Source

Footsie Fancies ~

Fancy sexy, woody and warm massage oil for men?

Mix 50 ml of Sweet Almond Oil with 6 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil for a more masculine version ideal for that special gift and you can have a his n her or his n his set!

Fancy some added relief for tired, sore feet?

Take a clean golf ball, tennis ball or a marble and roll it gently up and down the soles of your feet. This helps stimulate all the reflexology parts of the body adding extra benefits to organs of the body by applying pressure on the feet with the thumbs

No golf ball, tennis ball or marbles but fancy this idea?

Use smooth flat stones easily accessed in craft shops, dollar stores or if you are lucky on the beach. Put them in the basin for your foot soak and feel the tiredness drain out of your feet. Great for relieving any swelling of the feet (e.g. hot weather, jet lag or after exercise)

Fancy some additional beneficial essential oils for feet?

Geranium – Detoxifying, revitalizing, improves blood circulation and mood brightening.

Lavender – Soothing, anti-fungal, antibacterial and great for the skin.

Cypress – Helps water retention, swollen ankles, feet and legs and varicose veins.

Grapefruit – Great for swollen ankles, feet and legs. It is refreshing, rejuvenating, cleansing and aids fatigue.

Rosemary – Anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

Fancy a different Carrier Oil?

Use fractioned coconut oil (all the fat is spun out of it) with any of the above essential oils for different massage oil.

Fancy a really detoxifying soak without essential oils?

! Cup Epsom salts, 1 cup sea salt and 2 cups of baking soda added to a large Mason jar or ½ gallon recycled jar. Screw on lid and give it a good shake. This will also keep for ages so you have it at the ready. To use, measure approximately ¼ cup into fairly hot water in a plastic basin and soak for 30 minutes.

The ions in the salt actually work like magnets drawing out toxins through the skin and into your bath soak. After removing from the soak dry and then wash in warm soapy water before applying100% pure aloe vera. You must not use any product that has chemicals or they will be absorbed back into the feet making your detox a waste of time. This foot soak is great to do once a day then cutting back to once a week.

How often do you have a foot soak?

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Author Info ~

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just in time. I fancy a nice foot soak. I have a foot soaker that massages and bubbles. Do you think it would OK to put Epsom salts in that?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice hub! Normally I do have pedicure at home by myself, once a week, in a true Spa style. Your suggestions are wonderful and worth trying.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was a long day yesterday and it will be a long day today. I could use one of these. In fact, I've only had one foot massage in my life and it was heavenly. I don't suppose you do this for a living, do you? Do you travel with your business? Heck, I'd settle for the Mickster giving the massage....no, on second thought, I wouldn't settle for that. :)

      Have a great afternoon, Suzie!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I really need to make the time to do this on a regular basis. It would add so much to a pedicure. Thanks for the great recipes as always!

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Oh my these massage oils sound so wonderful. I bet the smell is just delightful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Many thanks for your nice comment and visit!. I am not sure if Epsom salt would be okay in this type of machine as I have never had one but maybe it says with instructions. I did a little checking and could not find any definite yes or no on it. The salt may not be advisable with the fact they have ions for drawing out toxins. Cheers for the question and interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Many thanks for your interest here! Hope you get to try it out for yourself with your pedicure. Thanks so much for your support it really does mean so much :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill - i - licious!

      Morning to ya across the pond in Olympia! Feet are an erogenous zone too so of course you felt a massage to be heavenly!! Now if you like I will send the Mickster over with his engine oil and some transmission oil but if you want a professional masseuse, I am available! Yes I do massage but not as a living anymore but for for you my friend anytime! Cheers for the thumbs up again, you always bring a smile to my face Bill :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Cheers for your interest always a welcome sight! Hope you give it a go and include in a pedicure as it is easy and simple! Thanks Rose :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mylindaelliott,

      Lovely to have you here and hope you make up your own lotions and potions with gorgeous essential oils. They have so many great benefits.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a great idea! I'm on my feet for quite some time, and my feet could use a good soak and massage. I like your different variations, including the detox soak. Your instructions on how to apply the massage oil are also very useful to me.

      I used to have a foot bath every once in a while, but it has been months since the last time I had one. Thanks for sharing this with us!

      Now I'll check out Thelma's article on Paraffin wax.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Suzie, I've had a foot soak and massage a few times when my feet were really aching and the effect was magical. Thanks for sharing such useful natural remedies to take care of our feet.

      Voted up, useful, awesome. Sharing and pinning.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I bet this will be more then anything after a long hectic day and sure it gonna do wonder for a night full of sleep....he he he...and yeah...i had a long day and now craving for a night full of sleep...so this hub is of real practical use for me NOW....Can't thank you more really for sharing this wonderful hub..shared and all votes up way.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I am going to try this on my tired feet one day afterschool!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Refreshing foot soak and massage oil recipes are well needed and appreciated. Thank you, Suzie :)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      How I wish I could have a foot spa massage now after a long afternoon of shopping here in the hot and humid Philippines! I have a foot spa machine here but it was a long time ago that I have used it for myself. It´s time for me to treat myself with your foot soak and massage oil recipe.

      BTW, thank you for mentioning my paraffin wax treatment in this hub. I appreciate that. It´s a great honour for me, Suzie.

      Voted this up, awesome, shared and pinned. Good night!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      You sound like you know your stuff. I have achy feet a lot and so this hub is timely for me.

      I'll to take a trip to the health food store to get my supplies - can hardly wait.

      Well done Suzie! Thanks

      Mekenzie

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very well articulated and relaxing hub Suzie. I would really long to do things your way. Thumbs Up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks so much you are such a supporter it is a pleasure to know you love this and many of my hubs! When you are on your feet constantly in retail it is so good to have a soak and for me doing it in front of my soaps (soap operas which MJ HATES with a passion!) is just the ticket! Massage oil I adore too and the last one i bought was so expensive it sparked the idea for a DIY better and miles cheaper version! Glad you checked out Thelma's hub, paraffin wax is a treatment that is expensive when got in a beauty salon here. A real luxury, it is magnificent for hands too so do give this a go and add to your list!! Thanks again my friend in Boston, have a great weekend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      many thanks for your input and great to know you are a fan of a good foot soak, it is so important to keep our feet healthy and pain free. Appreciate your votes share and pin greatly my friend, wishing you a lovely weekend ahead!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi dghbrh,

      So nice of you to read and comment, much appreciate it. It definitely would help in having a nice restful sleep especially using essential oils that are calming, soothing and good for sleep such as lavender or chamomile. Many thanks again for your interest :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Theater girl,

      Welcome and great to see you enjoyed! Definitely unwinding with a foot soak is perfect after a hectic day at school! Appreciate your comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Martie,

      Great to see you! Its one of those treatments that really does not need many special items or equipment to make and all of us can benefit from and can be done in any room or even outdoors as in the photo. Appreciate your support, have a good weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Glad that was okay to link to you, didn't think you would mind and it is a marvelous article you did! You have probably got some nice massage oil ideas being a fellow masseuse! Cheers so much for your continued support, about time you treated yourself to a nice foot soak, massage and a paraffin treatment, go on . . . you know you want to!! LOL Appreciate your votes share and pin, have a great weekend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mekenzie,

      Many thanks for checking this out and appreciate your lovely comment. I love trying different homemade versions of beauty products as so many fantastic ingredients may be used to amazing benefits. So glad you found this useful and enjoy relaxing with a soak and massage!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pinto,

      Thanks for stopping by I thank you for your kind words. Hope you get to give this try sometime, appreciate the thumbs up!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Wonderful and just what I need! I've always been a fan of Epsom salt, but I like the addition of oils and massage.

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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      I can use this after a long day or work.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      So kind of you to comment and hope you enjoy this useful easy soak!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi soconfident,

      many thanks, i hope you enjoy this to relax and soothe!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. My feet could use this after a long run. I'm willing to bet that this would be very beneficial to any athlete who relies on their feet or anyone who spends lots of time on their feet. Another great addition to your DIY collection. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc... Have a great evening.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Appreciate your checking this out and it is just what the doctor would suggest for athletes. After exercise it is a perfect way to freshen, rejuvenate and treat the sore, hot feet. In my sportier days I used to love a soak being involved in so many different sports. Thanks so much Bill for all your encouraging support it means so much to me and hopefully one day I will meet up with you and Terry in Italy and show you the our wee haven in the south.

      Cheers for the votes, shares and pin have a brilliant weekend!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      This is something I could really need now. I do have foot soaks from time to time but never in such a professional way you described in your hub. This is a wonderful hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi janet,

      Lovely to see you, hope all is good in Germany these days. Thank you for visiting and for your generous comments, this is easy to make and does not take many ingredients or equipment. It is just as effective and professional as any you may get in a salon which is the great extra benefit. i believe in trying to make things that are doable for everyone to enjoy and reap the great many benefits. Hope you have a soak soon and rest those busy feet of yours! lol Appreciate your input and support ALWAYS!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Whenever I get treated to a professional massage, which is very rarely, my 2 favorite spots are my feet and my hands. In fact I joke with the masseuse that they can just massage those spots the entire time. A good massage really relaxes and soothes the feet and this hub will save a lot of people a lot of money by being able to do it at home. Usual shares :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      So good to see you are a fan of a foot and hand massage, me too. These areas are full of sensory nerves which react when stimulated or manipulated. Hope you give the DIY version here a go, it is easy to do and feels great. Thanks so much for sharing on, appreciate all your support!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      My gosh, this sounds so wonderful! I have been ignoring my poor little feet for entirely too long. This sounds so relaxing and my feet deserve it! I am looking for some essential oils this afternoon and will treat my feet tonight! You have so many wonderful suggestions here, I want to try them all. Voting this up, useful, sharing and pinning! My feet and I thank you! :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      There's nothing worse then sore, tired, or achy feet. It can really ruin your day or night. This is a great hub Suzie. As always your ingredients are clear and helpful and oh that foot massage looks great! Many feet thank you for this one for sure.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sheila,

      Many thanks for checking this out our feet always need that soak now and again! i always felt having worked so much in stores and being on my feet for hours. Glad you and your tootsies are happy with suggestions here! Thanks for the votes, share and pin!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Delighted this made sense to you and your feet! A foot massage is a MUST, so good for all parts of the body (reflexology) that you don't realize so a double whammy of benefits! Cheers for your welcome votes, have a great week!

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      This sounds great! Just the kind of recipe I was looking for.....voted up, useful and interesting and pinned! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tastiger,

      Lovely to see you again. A good foot soak does wonders for the feet at the end of a day, particularly in summer I find. Enjoy this recipe and thanks so much for your votes and pin!

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