Toxins in our feet has been a much debated topic, with proponents touting the benefits of a foot detox and naysayers calling foul on the whole concept. Whatever your take, relaxing in a DIY detoxifying essential oil foot bath sure does sound enjoyable.
There are two heavily marketed methods for removing toxins in our feet. One is an adhesive pad that you wear on the bottom of each foot during sleep. The second is getting an ionic foot bath at a clinic or spa, where your feet are immersed in a saltwater bath with electrodes supplying a low-voltage electric charge. Both claim to pull out the toxins in our feet. I tried an ionic foot bath once, and frankly I thought it was both gross and cool at the same time. The water turned a nasty shade of brown, and while it was unpleasant to think about what that meant, it was also fascinating to think that toxins were being eliminated from my body. However, when my feet were still beet red and itching like crazy about eight hours later, I began to wonder what was really going on.
After that experience I am not convinced that there’s a foot detox method to truly eliminate toxins in our feet. Today I prefer to make my own detoxifying essential oil foot bath instead. It’s easy, inexpensive, relaxing, does not make my feet itch for the next eight hours, and can be done in the comfort of my own home. I still call it a detoxifying essential oil foot bath because it contains health supporting ingredients that cleanse and purify.
Before we begin, it’s my duty to remind you that the product below are not evaluated by the FDA and therefore are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any ailments or diseases. Please consult your doctor with questions, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any other medical concerns.
How to Make a Detoxifying Essential Oil Foot Bath
Are you ready? Here’s how to make detoxifying essential oil foot bath at home:
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Always use the most pure and organic ingredients whenever possible. Why would you try to detoxify your body while giving it more toxins, anyway?
Green tea has numerous phytonutrients that are known for their many health-supporting properties, particularly those of a free radical scavenger.
The reason we want to purchase apple cider vinegar in the raw form is to ensure that the beneficial compounds have not been stripped away during processing. Apple cider vinegar contains Acetic acid, which can destroy bad bacteria in the body while aiding the growth of good bacteria. Baking soda can also help eliminate bacteria, as well as reduce itchiness that can occur during the detoxification process. Containing both magnesium and sulfur, it is believed that Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin when added to warm water to provide relief from physical stress.
Optional Essential Oils:
As an essential oil enthusiast, it’s my feeling that adding therapeutic grade oils is always a good idea so it’s a no-brainer to add them to a detoxifying essential oil foot bath! Typically I would add about 2 drops per oil. The ones that I’d be most likely to include for their purifying and cleansing support are:
- Lemon Balm (also known as Melissa)
Other Young Living essential oils that could be added (if you have them available) are:
- Citrus Fresh
- Lemon Myrtle
- Tea tree
Let’s get started. Shall we? After all, a relaxing, detoxifying essential oil foot bath is waiting.
- Warm the water to just slightly above your desired comfort level and place it in a large glass container or foot tub that is big enough for immersing your feet. Be careful not to boil the water or make it hot enough to scald your feet.
- Add the apple cider vinegar and (optional) baking soda evenly throughout the tub.
- Dissolve the Epsom salt in the mixture, also spreading it evenly throughout the tub.
- Add the green tea bags and gently stir the water for about 3 minutes. Squeeze the tea bags to let the remaining green tea into the tub and then remove them.
- Add your preferred essential oils and let the foot bath sit for about 2 minutes. Stir as desired.
- Place your feet in the water, then relax and enjoy your detoxifying essential oil foot bath!
- Rinse your feet off well and dry them with a clean towel.
Relaxing in a DIY detoxifying essential oil foot bath is a fantastic way to unwind and potentially remove some toxins in our feet. Enjoy!
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