Sore feet? Try our Homemade Foot Soak recipe made with Epsom salt, essential oils, and tea.
This homemade tea foot soak recipe is perfect for those that are on their feet all day and need a little relaxation. With a combination of Epsom salt, essential oils, and tea (yes… tea!), this foot soak not only smells amazing, it also has a ton of benefits.
What You Need to Make An Epsom Salt & Tea Foot Soak for Sore Feet
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Ingredients Needed for This Foot Soak Recipe
This recipe makes enough for four foot soaks.
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt– Epsom salt is made of magnesium and sulfate, and many praise its potential ability to soothe skin, reduce soreness, reduce stress, and promote foot health. (Source)
- Essential Oils- There are many essential oils known for promoting relaxation and supporting healthy skin. (See below for some great options to use in this recipe). I matched the essential oils I used to the ingredients in the tea. If you are unsure where to buy essential oils, check out this post to help you find a brand that works best for you.
- 2 Bags of Tea- Depending on which tea you choose to use, there are a variety of beneficial properties. For example, black tea is said to be good for those with sweaty, stinky feet. I went with Good Earth Sweet & Spicy simply because I love the smell.
Supplies Needed For This Epsom Salt & Tea Foot Soak
- Glass Mixing Bowl and Mixing Spoon
- Foot Soaking Bath Basin
- Air Tight Glass Container for Storage
- Wooden Scoop & Twine (Optional)
How to Make An At Home Foot Soak
Start by adding 2 cups of Epsom salt to a glass mixing bowl. Then add in 10-15 drops (total) of essential oil and give it a good stir.
Because I was adding essential oil to match the ingredients in my tea, I used 3 drops Lemongrass, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Peppermint, 1 drop Ginger, and 3 drops Orange. (Had I had Chamomile, I would have added that as well.)
Here are some other essential oils that are great for supporting foot health.
Best Essential Oils for Feet
Peppermint | Rosemary | Ginger | Eucalyptus | Lemongrass | Marjoram | Clary Sage | Lavender | Chamomile
Sources: Healthline & Loving Essential Oils
Now take 2 bags of tea, cut the tops off, and add the loose tea to your Epsom Salt/Essential Oil mixture. Thoroughly stir everything together.
Best Tea for Foot Soaks
Black Tea | Chamomile Tea | Green Tea
Scoop the mixture into an airtight glass container (add a little wooden scoop with twine if you choose) and you’re done.
When ready to use the foot soak, add 1/2 cup of your homemade foot soak mixture to warm water in a foot bath basin and allow the Epsom salt to dissolve.
Soak feet in the foot soak for 15 minutes.
Common Homemade Foot Soak Questions
Will A Homemade Foot Soak Remove Dead Skin from Feet?
A foot soak, on its own, will not remove dead skin from your feet. However, foot soaks can soften dead skin making it easier to remove. If you want to remove dead skin from your feet, soak your feet in the homemade foot soak for 15 minutes and dry them off with a clean towel. Then use a foot file to exfoliate and remove dead skin from feet. To keep feet moisturized, apply our homemade body butter.
Is There A Foot Soak Recipe Without Epsom Salt?
Yes! If you prefer not to use Epsom salt, there are other foot soak recipes you can try. The most common is a vinegar foot soak. Simply mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts warm water (white vinegar or apple cider vinegar are both fine to use). You can also add in a few drops of essential oils for added benefits. (See above for some of the best essential oils to use in a foot soak.) Because vinegar contains antimicrobial properties, it is great for foot odor. (Source)
Natural Homemade Foot Soak Recipe
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt
- 15 Drops Essential Oil(s)
- 2 Bags Tea
- Glass Mixing Bowl & Mixing Spoon
- Glass Jar with Airtight Lid for Storage
- Foot Bath Basin
- Wooden Scoop & Twine (Optional)
- Start by adding 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a glass mixing bowl
- Stir in 15 (total) drops of Essential Oil
- Cut the tops off two tea bags and add the loose tea into the Epsom salt/essential oil mixture and give it a good stir
- Scoop mixture into a glass airtight container for storage and add a wooden scoop with twine if desired
- When ready to use, add 1/2 cup foot soak to a foot bath basin filled with warm water. Allow the Epsom salt to dissolve, then soak feet for 15 minutes.
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