Relax with a Homemade Winter Foot Soak and Foot Scrub

by Andrea Butje on November 23, 2015

A homemade foot soak and foot scrub with warm, comforting holiday essential oils!

foot scrub with essential oilsEven in warmer weather, a lot of people just seem to “get cold feet!”

And have you ever noticed that when your feet are nice and warm, the rest of you is a little warmer, too? That’s because your feet play a big role in regulating overall body temperature. They’re also the farthest extremities from our hearts, and sometimes receive less circulation. So keeping them comfy is important.

A luxurious foot soak in warm water with essential oils can really help. I like to pair foot soaks with foot scrubs. After you soak your feet is the perfect time to scrub away dead skin, soften calluses, and reduce the risk of cracked, dry skin.

Here’s a great foot soak and foot scrub routine that uses warm, comforting essential oils.

Start off with a nice foot soak!

First, make your essential oil blend. (It’s a lot easier to make your blend when your feet aren’t soaking yet!)

  • ½ oz (15 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 3 drops Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)

Fill a small tub with warm water and add your jojoba and Mandarin blend. (Make sure the water won’t slosh over the edge of the tub when you put both feet in it, and you might want to lay a towel down under the tub.) Now sit back in your favorite chair, and soak those feet!

foot scrub with essential oilsSoak them for however long you like . . . although you might want to finish up before the water gets too cold. 15 minutes is usually good.

Now it’s time to scrub away the dead skin! Here’s a salt foot scrub blend that I love:

  • 1 oz (28 gm) pink Himalayan salt (I like a small to medium salt grain for foot scrubs. Salt grains that are very fine will be too gentle for tough skin on feet.)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla infused jojoba
  • 1 drops Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum)
  • 2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Scrub your feet with your salt blend until they feel smooth and soothed! Letting your feet soak a little longer in the salty water and essential oils can help draw out toxins, nourish your skin, and relax you.

I love doing this after a long day. You can add a foot massage for even more self care, or replenish the warm water so you can sit and soak even longer. It’s so calming before bed!

When you’re finished, dry your feet off and tuck them into soft, fluffy socks or slippers.

foot scrubs make happy feet


Make Your Own Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray

by Andrea Butje on November 16, 2015

make your own yoga mat cleaner sprayHave you ever been in a yoga studio where they have mats for you to borrow?

After class, everyone who has borrowed a mat always pads on over to the bottles of yoga mat cleaner spray and towels. People who bring their own mats often use the spray cleaners, too. Sometimes everyone shares!

Yoga mat cleaner sprays prevent bacteria from spreading in the porous surface of the mat. That’s why it’s important to clean your mat after every session. It’s also important to use cleaners that are all natural and safe for your skin—your skin comes into a lot of contact with that yoga mat.

You can make your own yoga mat cleaner with essential oils—and there are so many oils with antibacterial, antiviral, and disinfectant properties, that you can get really creative!

Here’s a great recipe to make your own yoga mat cleaner that you may have the ingredients for already:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) water
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

I call this recipe “Calm and Clean” because it got such a relaxing, bright aroma. I use a 1 oz (30 ml) glass spray bottle. You can watch me make it and see the amounts in a YouTube video I made about cleaning your yoga mat. Click here for the video!

The basic recipe is 20 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz (30 ml) of water. If you’d like to make more (and maybe share with the other yogis in your class!) you can just increase the recipe. I suggest making this blend fresh every few weeks.

Here are some additional oil ideas for making your own yoga mat cleaner:

  • Orange (Citrus sinensis) — uplift your spirit and open your heart
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor) — focus and calm your mind
  • Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum) — encourage balance and open breathing
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) — support meditation and open your breath
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) — invite peace in place of worry

Cleaning your mat with your own spray can leave a hint of your favorite scent lingering on your mat, which you’ll smell the next time you unroll it! (What a nice way to begin a yoga session!)

By the way, if you liked the YouTube video about how to make yoga mat cleaner, you can subscribe to Aromahead’s channel and we’ll send you more videos like it! (There’s a red “Subscribe” button under the video on YouTube.)


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Argan Avocado Soap-Free Face Wash

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