Whether you work on your feet in sneakers all day or spend your hours wearing heels around the office, it's likely your feet will be sore by the time the day draws to a close. A homemade essential oil rub, like one of the following, can help ease that soreness.
Eucalyptus Sea Salt Scrub
Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural pain reliever. It also helps eliminate odors and fight off infectious bacteria, which makes it an extra great choice for your feet. Combine the following ingredients to make a eucalyptus sea salt scrub:
- 2 cups finely ground sea salt
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup liquid soap, such as castile soap
Mix the ingredients together, and store them in a jar. To use the scrub, moisten your foot, and then scoop a small, teaspoon-sized amount of the scrub into the palm of your hand. Use the scrub with a little water to rub and massage your feet, and then rinse it away.
Lemon and Epsom Salts Scrub
This scrub is great for summer nights, since the citrus smell will refresh your senses. Lemon essential oil helps purify the skin and leave it more supple, making it a good choice if your foot pain is due to corns and calluses. To make this scrub, combine:
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- ½ cup finely ground sea salt
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Mix the ingredients together, and store the scrub in a jar. Massage a small amount onto moist feet, and then rinse it away. You can also place a few spoonfuls of this mixture in a small tub of water and use it as a foot soak instead.
Sandalwood, Yogurt and Sugar Scrub
Sandalwood essential oil helps relieve tension and inflammation. It can reduce muscle spasms, making this scrub a good choice if your foot soreness is found deep within the tissues. Yogurt gives this scrub a smooth and relaxing consistency, and sugar adds just a hint of scrubbing power. This recipe makes just enough scrub for one session. Combine:
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
Apply the mixture to moist feet, and massage firmly. Rinse the mixture away, and enjoy the reduced soreness.
If your foot soreness is ongoing and does not respond well to these treatments, visit a podiatrist like Klein Stanley Jay DPM. You may have an underlying condition, such as plantar fasciitis, that needs to be treated.