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A foot bath is a simple spa treatment that takes only 20 minutes and is easy to do at home. Foot scrubs made with Epsom salts or sea salt are detoxifying and rich in minerals. Add essential oils to stimulate circulation, to invigorate tired feet and to prevent infections. Give yourself a relaxing home spa treatment with one of these easy recipes!

An Invigorating Foot Scrub

This foot scrub removes dead skin cells and invigorates tired feet. Peppermint essential oil is energizing and antibacterial, and tea tree oil is anti-fungal. Lemongrass essential oil is deodorizing and refreshing, and sweet almond oil softens and moisturizes your feet.

You will need:

• a few tablespoons (a handful) of sea salt or Epsom salt
• 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
• 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
• 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
• 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a bucket or a foot bath with warm water and soak your feet for a few minutes to soften your skin. Then massage your feet and your ankles with the scrub. Soak your feet again for another 10 to 15 minutes and relax while your skin absorbs the oils. Rinse your feet, dry them thoroughly, and apply your usual foot cream or moisturizer.

A Relaxing Lavender and Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Lavender is one of the most relaxing essential oils and most people like its scent. It is also antibacterial and relieves aches and pains.

You will need:

• a handful (a few tablespoons) of sea salt
• 2 or 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
• 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil
• (optional) a handful of fresh or dried lavender flowers

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. If you are using lavender flowers, sprinkle a few on the water. Apply the scrub on wet feet, massage and scrub thoroughly, and soak the feet for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly, and use moisturizer if needed.

Anti-Fungal Foot Soak with Apple Cider Vinegar

Try this foot soak if you suffer from athlete’s foot or other fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal that also detoxifies and removes odors. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 3 or 4 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. Soak your feet for 15 minutes or longer. Dry your feet well and finish with a moisturizer or use an anti-fungal foot cream.

Foot baths revive tired feet, relieve pain and feel almost as relaxing as a full bath. A foot bath in the evening helps you to unwind after a long day and only takes 15 to 20 minutes. If you have time, follow the foot bath with a home pedicure or a foot massage.

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