Homemade Foot Soak Using Essential Oils

Homemade Foot Soak Using Essential Oils

Nurture your feet with a homemade foot soak using essential oils to relax or to deal with fungus problems. Try some of the following aromatherapy foot bath recipes.

For a relaxing lavender-peppermint foot soak:

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Stir mixture into warm/hot water for a foot bath.
  3. Soak feet for at least 10 minutes.

Another option is to use 6 drops of any one of the essential oils for a lavender, peppermint, or chamomile foot soak. A few other suggestions:

  • If your feet or ankles are swollen, use cool water with 6 to 10 drops of lavender.
  • If you have varicose veins, use tepid water with 6 to 10 drops of lemon.
  • If you have sinusitis, soak your feet in warm water with 6 to 10 drops of eucalyptus.
  • To soothe aching/tired feet, use 6 to 8 drops of rosemary in warm water.
  • To warm up your feet, use 3 drops of ginger in warm/hot water.

Sources: Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions and Healing With Aromatherapy.

Invigorating Aromatherapy Foot Soak

Stir the following essential oils into a basin of warm/hot water, and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes:

  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops pine
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops peppermint

Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques at Home

Antifungal Homemade Foot Soak Recipe

For athlete's foot, use a tea tree oil foot soak. Soak your feet for at least 15 minutes in a basin of hot water with the following added essential oils:

  • 5 drops tea tree  
  • 5 drops sage or rosemary 
  • 2 drops peppermint 

More aromatherapy for athlete's foot.

More Aromatherapy Foot Baths

Mix the essential oils into the carrier oil, add the blend to a basin of warm/hot water, and soak your feet.

Aromatherapy Foot Bath


  • 5 drops lemon
  • 4 drops spearmint
  • 3 drops black pepper
  • 3 drops pine
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil


  • 3 drops dill
  • 3 drops grapefruit
  • 3 drops allspice
  • 3 drops spruce
  • 3 drops anise
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Get more recipes like these two in 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy.

Also see homemade foot scrubs.

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