Give your feet the TLC they deserve with a luxurious foot bath at home — without the “luxurious” price!
In a world with a fast-changing pace, many busy people do not have the time to luxuriate in an old fashioned bath. Instead, they take showers to get clean. The problem is, even when showering people find it difficult to clean their feet.
But there are ways to clean just your feet — have a foot bath! It makes sure that your feet get clean with the benefits of a bath.
What are the benefits of a foot bath?
A foot bath can:
- give therapeutic benefits in several different ways
One of the most important benefits of a foot bath is the ability to treat specific ailments. A foot bath is also the best way to treat your feet that have become dried out and cracked.
Additives that will enhance your foot bath experience and make it more effective
There are natural, essential and aromatic oils you can add to a foot bath. Some people add these because they enjoy the aroma produced. Other people believe essential oils can treat a wide range of human maladies. Some of the reported benefits of essential oils in foot baths are as follows.
- Anesthetic – Cinnamon, cloves, and oil of peppermint produce a relaxing, calming and pain relieving feeling
- Anti-allergenic – Oil from chamomile and Melissa can relieve symptoms of an allergic reaction on the feet when added to a warm foot bath.
- Antibiotic – Garlic, tea tree oil, and oil of thyme are proven to help clear the feet of bacteria and fungus. This is one of the most popular uses of essential oils with a foot bath. Garlic may not smell good but it is highly effective in eradicating bacteria and fungus.
- Anti-rheumatic – Eucalyptus, juniper, lavender and oil of pine are reported as helpful for people with rheumatism pains in their ankles and feet.
- Astringent – Cedar wood, cypress, frankincense, lemon and oil of yarrow are helpful in treating minor cuts and wounds of the feet.
- Excessively sweaty feet – Oil of cypress, clary sage, geranium, and peppermint help cleanse and stop the propensity of some feet to sweat excessively.
Other additives for your foot bath
Some people love to put small stones or marbles in the bottom of the foot bath container. Placing slight pressure on the stones or playing with the toes provides a relaxing sensation.
A mixture of vinegar and apple cider helps treat plantar-type foot warts. Studies by American universities have shown that repeated weekly foot baths with vinegar and apple cider eventually cause plantar warts to lose their grip on the soles of the feet.
Including Hydrogen Peroxide with a foot bath is the best way to disinfect cuts on the feet. The use of this substance also does a great job of overall disinfecting all parts of the feet.
Different types of foot bath equipment and machines
Non-electric pan or bowl
One of the more typical kinds of a foot bath, it is just a pan or large bowl that will allow placement of the feet, or foot, into the water, without causing water to spill over the edge and onto the floor. It is the cheapest as you can find it in your own home.
Ionic foot bath machines
There are ion generators that can be placed into the water with the feet. These are said to do an excellent job of taking heavy metals from the feet and legs. There is a lot of debate about the ability of ionic foot bath to do anything at all. One thing that cannot be debated is that after a fifteen-minute session with an ion generator, there will be a disgusting amount of coagulant in what was, previously, clear water.
The following treatments will not result in as much coagulant material, which makes sense if most of the heavy and toxic metals were taken out of the system at the initial treatment.
Commercial style foot baths
There are also water pulse foot baths that act more like a mini-jacuzzi for your feet. These provide a gentle, soothing and relaxing effect on many people who have sworn by their use.
The best foot bath can be simple and preparation is almost fuss-free. It relaxes and treats the feet, body and the mind. If you never had a simple foot bath, give one a try soon — you will thank us later!