When making your own homemade foot bath you can alter the concentration of the ingredients to make sure you get the best benefits, while reducing the likelihood of skin irritation caused by the unnecessary addition of chemicals and preservatives. If your skin is severely dry or if you develop cracks or other symptoms consult your doctor.
– towel or absorbent pad
– large bowl
– Epsom salts
– baking soda
– essential oils
Lay down the towel or absorbent pad on the floor where you will soak your feet. This will prevent damage to the floor or carpet if a spill occurs during the bath water for your feet.
Fill two thirds of a bowl with warm water. The bowl should be large enough to comfortably fit both feet. If the bowl is too heavy to move once filled, place it in the desired location and use a jar to fill it.
Add 1 cup of Epsom salts in warm water. Use your hand or a large mixing plastic spoon until the salts are completely dissolved.
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda per quart of water if you suffer from dry skin and foot odor.
Experiment with herbs or essential oils to moisturize your skin and add fragrance to your foot bath. Add essential oil of peppermint or lemon in the water to relieve tired feet.
Remove the feet of the foot bath when pouring cold water after 20 minutes. If you notice increased dryness, itching, rash or other symptoms soak your feet stop and consult your doctor.
Moisturize your dry, rough or itchy feet after dip applying moisturizing lotion to your feet dry areas while are still wet. Dry skin can benefit from an oil-based moisturizer, as these are more effective to trap moisture within the skin.
Dry your feet well after giving them a bath. This is especially important if you suffer from toenail fungus or athlete’s foot because fungi responsible for these conditions thrive in moist environments. Do not rub your skin as this can worsen the dryness and irritation. Instead, dry them gently with a soft towel.