You know the feeling after a long day you’ve spent on your feet and you just want to use a magic potion so that they stop aching? Well, I’ve prepared something for those days, a bath actually, a quick one you’ll want to repeat over and over (I love it!): a homemade sea salt bath for feet when they feel tired and worn out.
How to make your own soothing sea salt bath?
Very simple, actually. In the end, you’ll want to make this sea salt bath for tired feet because of the following reasons:
- It takes no time to make: in order to toss everything together, you’d need 5 minutes
- The recipe is very simple: you only need 4 ingredients
- Ingredients are probably already in your pantry
- Organic ingredients: you have complete control of what you put into this bath and this way you avoid any harmful chemicals
Sea salt is made with the process of evaporation of salt water. Unrefined sea salt is made with very little processing, which makes it possible for it to keep all the nutritional value of minerals. Since I live in the area which produces unrefined sea salt, it only made sense to make this homemade sea salt bath for feet and get its benefits not only during the summer but in the winter as well. Sea salt is nutritious and beneficial for our bodies, because it is anti-inflammatory, and it has detox effect on our bodies. It boosts circulation, it is considered a natural remedy for acne, regulates blood sugar, relieves muscle cramps and it is used because of its purifying qualities (baths with sea salt are very beneficial).
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate (because it consists of these two) is a mineral that is anti-inflammatory and a natural remedy for muscle aches, it has healing properties that not only relax your body, but also relieves pain, and cramps since magnesium has such an important role when it comes to our health. This type of salt is a popular ingredient in homemade body scrubs because it also works as a natural exfoliator and cleanser.
Here you have a few examples of what kind of essential oils you can use when making this soothing homemade sea salt bath for feet. Therefore, I’ve only gathered the essential oils with soothing effect, but if that’s not your thing, go ahead and choose your own combo:
- Chamomile + orange (5 drops each)
- Chamomile (5) + rose (3) + jasmine (2)
- Eucalyptus (3) + grapefruit (2) + pine needle (5)
- Lavender + ylang-ylang (5 drops each)
- Lavender + bergamot (5 drops each)
Dried flowers and herbs
When experimenting with homemade sea salt bath for feet or for your entire body, the possibilities don’t stop with essential oils. I actually started using the flowers and herbs because I was out of chamomile EO, but I wanted the calming chamomile effect. So I started adding dried herbs and flowers to my leg baths. You can also add fresh flowers, but it’s November and I’ve dried and stored all of my stash already.
- Lavender petals (read more on lavender benefits)
- Rose petals
- Chamomile flowers (read more on chamomile benefits)
- Calendula flowers (read more on calendula benefits)
- Mint (peppermint, spearmint)
- … whatever you have lying around and it has a positive, soothing effect on you, toss it in!
All of these flowers and herbs also provide a calming effect when drunk as tea; read how to make your own homemade herbal tea blend!
Homemade sea salt bath for feet
Honestly, I never was a big fan of foot baths or any kind of extra foot care, for that matter (don’t get me wrong here, I mean in terms of foot wellness). But earlier this year I began a leg detox with clay and I realized that foot bath is something I need to share with my legs more because it feels really good. After all, I’ve rarely thought about offering my feet an extra care (until now, that is!). That’s why I decided to make this homemade sea salt bath for feet, see how they like it and repeat the process again every few days.
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- Essential oils: I normally use 10 drops (that is 5 per cup), but if you feel like it’s not enough, feel free to add more. In this recipe, I used a combination of lavender and bergamot.
- Dried flowers:
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender (I figured the EO wasn’t enough)
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- Mix salts together in a bowl.
- Add essential oils and flowers. Toss well.
- Store in a glass jar, but make sure the lid is not metal (otherwise it will rust)
When using your homemade sea salt bath for feet:
- Add ½ cup of salt bath mixture to warm water (as warm as you can handle)
- Soak your feet for 12 minutes
- Repeat the procedure 2-3 times a week
- After the soak, use a moisturizer to hydrate and nourish your tired feet. You can either use a natural oil (coconut, avocado, jojoba) or make a whipped body butter by yourself (my skin and my feet love it!)
Tips on making homemade sea salt bath for feet or in general
- Use only 1 type of essential oil, in case you have no other lying around; even though the combo is welcoming, it’s also optional
- Dried flowers are also optional, but they make a nice addition; instead of using too many, just add one or two types
- Add a few drops of food coloring to your salts (for a pretty effect)
- Make this homemade sea salt bath a gift (holiday season is coming up, after all!)
What’s your favorite sea salt bath for feet that are tired and heavy?