One of the nicest things to do after a long day is to relax and treat your feet. We often neglect our heels and toes even though they keep us going all day despite being stuffed into high heels or enclosed in work boots. Whether it’s a bit of self care or a special gift for a loved one, these healing DIY foot balms are the perfect way to keep your feet in good condition, and contain only the best natural oils and ingredients.
You can use any essential oils, but we like these oils best for our feet:
Lemongrass - refreshing, deodorising.
Peppermint - improves circulation and revitalises skin. It is also cooling and soothing for hot, tired feet, and is a deodoriser.
Clary sage - balancing and soothing.
Geranium - mood enhancing and a destressor.
Lavender - healing, calming and anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile - soothing for dry skin.
Vanilla - a relaxing fragrance.
Tea tree - antibacterial and healing, tea tree is a multi-purpose wonder oil.
Olive oil - softening, rich in fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants.
Avocado butter - hydrating, softening and nourishing for skin (one of my personal favourite butters!).
Cocoa butter - one of the best emollients, cocoa butter is deeply moisturising.
Mango butter - a rich, softening emollient full of good acids and vitamins.
Tamanu oil - a healing oil for just about every skin problem.
Extra virgin coconut oil - rich in fatty acids, coconut oil is excellent for skin and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Remember, you can use any oils or butters of your choosing, this is just a list to get you started.
Aloe vera gel - revitalising and healing for skin.
Beeswax - rich in vitamins and moisturising.
Calendula oil - one of the best healing oils.
Glycerine - helps retain moisture and prevent dryness.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1 T calendula oil (optional)
25g grated beeswax or pellets
25 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
5 drops vanilla oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops chamomile essential oil
Melt the olive oil, coconut oil, calendula if using, cocoa butter and beeswax together in a water bath or double boiler. Remove from the heat once melted, and cool to room temperature then add the essential oils.
Now you can choose to either pour the still-liquid oil mixture into a glass jar and let it cool and solidify into a proper balm, or
You can let the mixture cool till almost solid then whip it, so that you get a whipped foot butter. You choose!
To use, apply to your feet after showering at night and massage in well. If you like you can sleep with socks on.
2 T aloe vera gel
5 drops lavender
½ drop Geogard 221 to preserve (you can omit this, but your cream may only last a few weeks without it so use it up quickly!)
Melt the carrier oil, then add the aloe vera and lavender. Whip the mixture up then spoon into a glass storage jar. Use daily.
28g avocado oil
28g tamanu oil
½ tsp vitamin E oil
Combine all ingredients except the vitamin E oil and the essential oils in a double boiler or water bath and melt together. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly, then add the vitamin E and essential oils last. Pour into a glass jar and let it solidify. Use before bed and wear socks to bed.
Apply the foot balm after an Epsom salt foot soak or after using a foot fizzy (see recipe here).
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