It is so important to take care of your feet, they support you all day long, everyday and yet are often forced into tight uncomfortable shoes, high heels, flip flops…It is really only when there is something wrong with our feet that we pay attention to them but a few simple measures to look after your feet on a regular basis can prevent a host of problems and make you feel fabulous to boot! 🙂
Make sure to dry throughly between toes after a bath/ shower, to change socks daily, to wear arch supports if needed, to trim nails with a toenail clipper straight across the nail bed [helps prevent ingrown toenails] and to exfoliate regularly. Other ways of taking care of your feet would be using a pumice stone on any hard skin and to gently massage in cream after.
In Reflexology, it is believed that every part of your foot corresponds to a part in your body, so for example in my case, the pad of flesh on my foot before my toes corresponds to the lungs, so when I used to go to a reflexologist, she would pay special attention to that area. Another example would be the muscles surrounding your ankle correspond to the ovaries in women or the space between your toes relates to headaches and tension.
I went to a wonderful Reflexologist called Yvonne Duffy O’Shaughnessy in Dr. Dillish Clare’s establishment on Sea Rd in Galway for about six months and can’t recommend her highly enough. Yvonne is also a nutritional therapist and has amazing knowledge and great compassion and empathy. If your feet are very sensitive or ticklish, don’t worry, having your feet massaged is a heavenly experience! 🙂
I will be making a foot scrub in the next few days and will post the recipe but in the meantime, here is the recipe for the foot cream I made today.
Fabulous Foot Cream
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Shea Butter
- Olive Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Vanilla Essential Oil
- Place equal amounts of the Coconut oil, Shea butter and Olive oil in a glass heat resistant bowl
- Place over water in a saucepan and simmer slowly until all the ingredients are melted
- Let it cool for a few minutes and then transfer to fridge until solid
- Remove from fridge and using a electric whisk, beat the mix until it is smooth
- Add ten drops of the essential oils, so 30 drops in total
- Whisk again and then spoon the mix into a mason jar /glass container
- Place in fridge until solid, take out and then use as normal
You can use different essential oils and ingredients depending on your needs and desires:
For a Winter Cream:
Warm nourishing antibacterial cream is great for when your feet are stuck in heavy boots all day
- Wintergreen Oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
Gentle detoxing cream is lovely for your feet in preparation for summer sandals and trips to the beach
- Green Tea
- Vitamin E
Cooling soothing cream for hot swollen feet at the end of the day is wonderful during the summer, while herbs like Sage help prevent sweating and odours
- Aloe Vera
- Orange Oil
Core Ingredients for all Foot creams:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil or Almond Oil
- A moistener such as Shea butter or Coco butter
I am really excited to be trying out all the delicious foot and body scrubs out there, indeed many of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen already. I shall be also making antibacterial deodourising Foot Powder and salves to promote better circulation for varicose veins and a range of other foot care essentials.
I have still a long way to go before I replace all the commercial products in my bathroom and kitchen but its been such a thrilling and rewarding journey of discovery. Many thanks to my family and friends for being such good guinea pigs and testing out my endeavours 🙂
So thanks for listening and stay tuned for more gorgeous homemade recipes!