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Aromatherapy advice for sweaty feet!

Friday, July 19th, 2013

sweaty_feetSome people suffer from sweaty feet all year round and others just experience this problem when the weather is warm! With temperature currently soaring in the UK we thought we’d offer a little natural advice on how aromatherapy can help keep your feet fresh all year round!

  1. Spray your feet regularly with a fine mist of 150ml Orange Flower Water with 5 drops of Peppermint and 5 drops of Spearmint essential oil. This is great in the Summer when your feet get hot.
  2. Massage your feet morning and evening with a Peppermint foot balm – which can also help keep Athletes Foot at bay! Mix 100ml Moisturising Lotion, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 Spearmint, 5 Tea Tree and 2 German Chamomile. Shake well before use.
  3. Ban nylon socks – as these will cause the feet to sweat much more profusely.
  4. Cleanse and refresh your shoes! Ok, so do you dread walking past your shoe rack at home? Whether it’s your shoes – or your teenager’s sweaty trainers – here’s a natural, safe and effective solution: Buy a large bag of baking soda. Take 750g and put in mixing bowl. Stir in a handful of fresh Rosemary or dried Lavender flowers from the garden. Add 4 drops Peppermint essential oil, 4 Spearmint and 8 Tea Tree
    . Stir well and place half the mix in a large jar. Take a thin cotton sock and place in over the top of the jar. Pop an elastic band around the neck to secure the sock and upend the jar – so the contents end up in the sock. Remove the sock and secure it with another elastic band. Then repeat the process with the second half of the mixture. Place each sock in trainers/shoes for at least 24 hours.

Essential oils have more uses than you could shake a stick at!

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

Please visit our website for more details on using essential oils safely and effectively.

 

Get your feet fit for summer!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Dare you bare your feet this summer? Try some of our simple aromatherapy recipes to combat common problems and get your feet in tip top condition for the summer months ahead!

Tired, aching feet?

After a long day of standing or walking try a soothing aromatherapy foot bath to ease sore and tired feet! Add the following therapeutic essential oils to a bowl of hot water and enjoy a relaxing foot soak:

2 drops each of LavenderPeppermintChamomile
1/4 cup Epsom Salts

Scrub and soothe

After soaking your feet take a handful of Dead Sea Salt and scrub off any dead skin. Then apply this stimulating, therapeutic foot lotion to revive tired feet and to improve their appearance!

5 drops each of Peppermint and Cypress essential oils
2 drops each of Lemon, Clary Sage and Juniper essential oils

Suffering from smelly feet?

Your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands in each foot alone, so it’s not surprising that sweaty, smelly feet is one of the most common problems that people experience during the warmer weather. To avoid sweaty feet and reduce your chances of fungal infections make up the following Aromatherapy Foot Spray and use on your feet morning and night!

120ml Witch Hazel Hydrolat – Witch Hazel is a great astringent that makes your feet feel fresh and tingly
20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil – has antimicrobial properties that help keep odour and fungal infection at bay
10 drops of Lemongrass – cooling, refreshing and stimulating with excellent antiseptic and deodorising properties
10 Peppermint – has a soothing, cooling effect on the skin
10 drops of Lavender – has antimicrobial properties that help keep odour and infection at bay. It can also help soothe, tone and revitalise tired, sore feet

Top tips:-

Cypress
essential oil can also help prevent excessive sweating of the feet. Try adding a few drops to the bath or use it in a relaxing foot bath!

Get rid of smelly shoes by adding a few drops of Lemongrass and Geranium onto a cotton wool ball and placing in the shoes overnight!

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection. The fungus lives on the skin and breeds in warm, moist conditions. Athlete’s foot is more common during hot weather and sweaty footwear is usually the culprit. This irritating fungal infection responds well to Tea TreeLavender and Myrrh.

Make an antiseptic foot bath with 3 drops each of Myrrh and Tea Tree to keep the feet clean and to discourage infection.

You can also add 3 drops of Tea Tree, Lavender or Myrrh to 5ml of vodka and use to bathe the infected area. When the infected area has dried out exchange the vodka for Calendula Oil which helps to restore and protect the skin.