This DIY Foot Scrub Makes for the Perfect Pedicure
During this time, many have missed having their nails professionally done at the salon. After all, a manicure and pedicure treatment can be one of the most satisfying ways to relax and pamper yourself. Thankfully, this DIY Sunday recipe allows you to achieve a quality pedicure from the comfort of your own home!
This foot scrub recipe is sure to feel like heaven, especially after a busy, stressful week. Filled with nourishing, fragrant essential oils and exfoliating Epsom salts, this scrub smells out of this world and will leave your feet silky smooth. Here’s what to expect from the ingredients:
Olive oil can be a miracle worker for your skin. This moisturizing oil is packed with essential vitamins that are fat-soluble, meaning that they easily dissolve into the skin. It’s also been shown that olive oil can have antibacterial effects, making it useful for preventing or treating conditions like athlete’s foot.
Made of magnesium sulfate, Epsom salts have a myriad of benefits when used in this scrub. Magnesium is helpful in producing melatonin, a hormone that promotes relaxation and sleep. The coarse salts also make for a great exfoliator.
Peppermint oil is naturally antifungal, making it perfect for preventing bacterial growth and infection. This oil is also known for its cooling effect and fresh scent, leaving your skin both feeling and smelling amazing.
Lemon oil is packed with beneficial ingredients, meaning it has a wide range of positive effects for the skin. Many components to this oil are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-fungal, which keeps your feet soothed and free of any infection-causing bacteria. This oil’s amazing fragrance also may reduce anxiety and give you a burst of energy.
Rosemary may be most widely used in culinary applications, but this herb has been used for its medicinal effects for thousands of years. Rosemary oil has been shown to improve circulation, making this scrub a great way to possibly improve blood flow in the feet.
What You’ll Need:
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 4 drops peppermint oil
- 4 drops lemon oil
- 4 drops rosemary oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, if desired
- Glass container with lid
Use a mortar and pestle to crush the fresh rosemary and release its natural oils. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Transfer to a glass container with a lid.
Clean your feet using soap and water. Fill a small basin with warm water. Apply the foot scrub to your feet and massage in thoroughly. Pay attention to any rough spots. Epsom salts will gradually soak in. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
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Essential oils are highly concentrated and not all of them are safe for internal use so be sure to check the safety of any oil before digesting. If you are pregnant, some oils can cause contractions, always ask your doctor before use.
Topical application requires dilution with a carrier oil as some oils can cause skin irritation when used in their original high concentration form.