Our feet do a lot for us each day, carrying us wherever we need to go. Yet we rarely give them the care and attention they deserve. Over time, toxins and bacteria can build up on our feet leading to foot odor, infections, and conditions like athlete’s foot. Detoxifying our feet helps remove these toxins, promotes circulation, and leads to healthier, more vibrant feet.
Start with an Exfoliating Foot Scrub
Exfoliating our feet is one of the simplest ways to kickstart the detox process. Using a foot scrub sloughs away dead, calloused skin to reveal the fresh layer underneath. You can easily make your own foot scrub at home using ingredients like sea salt, olive oil, honey, sugar or epsom salts. Massage the scrub over the tops and bottoms of your feet using circular motions. Pay close attention to scrubbing the heels and balls of the feet where thicker skin tends to accumulate. Rinse with warm water when finished. Exfoliating once or twice a week rejuvenates your feet.
Follow with a Foot Soak
After exfoliating, your feet will better absorb the nutrients from a relaxing foot soak. Foot soaks pull toxins from the feet and lower legs while restoring hydration and moisture. At the same time, essential oils introduced through foot soaks provide their own therapeutic benefits. Try soaking your feet in warm water mixed with a couple tablespoons of epsom salts—the magnesium helps remove toxins and hydrates skin. Or create an herbal foot soak using antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredients like tea tree oil, rosemary oil, ginger root, peppermint, and oregano. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes at a time allowing the water to penetrate deep into the layers of tissue. Pat feet dry with a clean towel when done.
Dry Brush Before Bed
Dry brushing takes only minutes but offers a quick way to continue the detoxification process. Dry brushing boosts blood circulation and lymph flow to flush away toxins from deep within the skin and muscles of the feet. Using a dry foot brush with natural bristles, simply brush the skin of the feet and lower legs in long, smooth motions towards the heart. Start at the feet and brush upwards several times before bed. The increased blood flow leaves you feeling invigorated. Customized dry brushes for feet make the approach simple. Maintain the practice daily to reap the most circulatory benefits.
Apply Detoxifying Foot Patches
For an easy overnight detox, apply foot patches before going to sleep. The pads stick onto the bottom of the feet and draw out toxins using ingredients like bamboo vinegar, wood vinegar, and a variety of plant extracts. The natural adhesive keeps the pads in place so you can sleep soundly. Upon awakening, the pads will have turned dark indicating the toxins removed. Some foot pads also incorporate negative ions or infrared energy to enhance detoxification. For continued toxin removal and circulation boost, use the pads for multiple nights in a row according to package directions. Discard the pads each morning.
Drink Herbal Detox Tea
Remove toxins from feet internally through herbal teas. Specific ingredients target the liver and kidneys which filter waste products from the bloodstream. Drink dandelion tea as a diuretic to eliminate toxins through increased urination. Green tea and milk thistle tea also provide antioxidant protection against free radicals. Most detox teas work best when consumed consistently for a week or more. So consider doing a full body cleanse by drinking two to three cups of tea daily during the detoxification process together with adequate water intake. Monitor effects carefully staying well hydrated.
Soak Feet in Apple Cider Vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar to pull toxins and bacteria from pores of the feet due to its highly acidic nature. Add one cup of raw, organic apple cider vinegar plus four cups of warm filtered water into a basin. After soaking feet for just 15 minutes, the vinegar’s antimicrobial compounds kill bacteria on skin and nails. For severe foot odor, create a stronger solution using equal parts vinegar and water. Due to its high acidity be sure to limit vinegar soaks to a 15-20 window before rinsing with clean water. Pat feet dry before applying a natural foot cream.
Apply Essential Oils
Essential oil rubs rejuvenate the feet through their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity. Oils penetrate quickly through skin to slow foot odor caused by bacteria and fungi like athlete’s foot. Rub two to three drops of each oil selected over the soles of feet and between toes. Let soak in before covering with socks. Some of the best options include tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme and lemon oils. Use oil rubs together with other detox foot treatments for amplified effects. The oils continue working to neutralize foot odor all day long with their lingering aromatic compounds.
Let your feet breathe and soak in the natural benefits of going barefoot by spending short periods of time without shoes each day. Walking barefoot grounds the body to the vibration of the Earth promoting systemic detoxification. So take 10-15 minutes to go barefoot on sand, grass or soil allowing nature to heal and energize you. The fresh air exposure gives feet a break from the warm, restrictive environment inside shoes. Wiggle toes freely sinking them into the terrain to stimulate acupressure points that correlate to overall wellbeing according to reflexology. Going barefoot firms muscles while liberating feet to just be.
Incorporating a foot detox into your self-care routine keeps your feet healthy from the ground up. Follow a 2-3 day regimen performing several techniques at a time for the deepest cleanse and restoration. Then continue applying certain foot treatments weekly for maintenance. Listen to your feet and give them the nurturing they provide to you each and every day through their untiring support.