Barefoot in The Summer – Essential Oils for Your Feet

Have you ever thought about your feet as an important part of your body?  Most of us don’t think twice about our feet being an integral part of our overall health. What many people don’t realize is that the feet are the pipeline to the body for essential oils and reflexology. Reflexology is applying pressure to certain parts of the feet, which then in turn targets specific areas of the body to promote a restorative effect on overall well-being. Although reflexology is not used to cure diseases, it can be used to support and aid whichever healthcare treatment you use.If we want to feel our best, then we need to care for and nourish our feet!And we all know that our feet seem to be on display during the spring and summer months, so paying attention to how we present our toes can make a positive impact on our both our aesthetic comfort and our overall health.

So, let’s get right down to it and talk foot care!


Have you ever noticed the amount of dead skin that comes off of your feet when you scrub them in the shower? Our feet are constantly shedding old, dead skin and growing new skin to replace it. Having a good exfoliator is key in encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells. This recipe calls for Epsom Salt, made of magnesium sulfate. Most of us don’t get enough magnesium daily, which is one of the most important minerals that our bodies need to maintain equilibrium amongst our systems. This scrub allows you to both get some extra magnesium while supporting your mind and body with Frankincense, Lavender, and Eucalyptus essential oils. These three oils combined will not only carry your senses to a heavenly place, but they work synergistically to promote emotional well-being, revitalization, and peacefulness.


1 cup Epsom Salt
¼ cup of fractionated coconut oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil


Mix all ingredients together and store in a simple glass jar with a lid. Use as needed by rubbing in until the salt dissolves and then washing clean.  Follow up with the foot cream recipe below for super luxurious feet!


Dry, cracked, and calloused feet are a definite sign that they need some TLC.  When we neglect our feet day in and day out, over time, dry and calloused feet can lead to pain, bunions, and other negative issues.  Moisturizing your feet not only boosts personal hygiene, but also keeps them in top shape for supporting the rest of your body.  The Peppermint and Melaleuca oil in this recipe will keep your feet odor-free and clean, while the Lavender will uplift your mood and help to release tension.


1 tsp. beeswax
2 Tbsp. cocoa butter
4 Tbsp. shea butter
1 Tbsp. organic coconut oil (refined if you don’t like the coconutty scent)
2 Tbsp. fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil


In a small glass jar, mix all ingredients except essential oils. Place jar in a saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water. Mix ingredients well until melted, and then carefully remove jar from heat and let rest for appx. 3 minutes. Add essential oils and stir well. Allow mixture to return to a solid by placing in the refrigerator. Once mixture is solid, whip into a cream using an electric mixture for about 4 minutes. Place in container of your choice. To use, simply massage into feet daily – for extra benefit, apply after using the exfoliating scrub above!  Works best when applied at nighttime and then covered with socks for deep penetration.


Let’s face it, whether you love walking around the yard barefoot during the summer or you’ve been out shopping all day in your sandals, having stinky feet is just a part hot weather, right? Wrong! If you want to be proactive about guarding against the embarrassment of stinky feet, or be prepared when the stink starts to invade your favorite pair of sandals, then this recipe is for you. Melaleuca essential oil is known best for its cleansing and purifying components, while Spearmint essential oil has a reinvigorating scent that is sure to uplift your mood, especially when paired with Lavender essential oil. Rosemary essential oil also pairs well with Lavender essential oil and will help freshen up those stinky sandals!


2oz. glass spray bottle
5 drops Spearmint essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Melaleuca essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil
Witch Hazel (unscented)
Distilled Water


Fill bottle about half way with Witch Hazel then top off with distilled water. Add all essential oils. Shake will before each use! Spray both inside and outside of your favorite sandals.


Bugs love munching on our nice, juicy ankle skin. With a quick spritz around your ankles, this scent will keep you smelling lovely to others but disgusting to the creepy-crawlies.  Keep your feet smelling good and your body protected with this simple Smart Moms DIY essential oil bug spray.


2oz. glass spray bottle
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
¾ cup distilled water


Add essential oils and distilled water to spray bottle. Shake to mix blend completely. Give ankles a quick spritz and send those bugs flying away! You can also use this blend on clothes, in hair, and around the house to avoid pesky bugs. Take care to avoid the eyes.

So how are your feet doing? Are they showing signs of needing some TLC? When you pamper your feet with essential oils, the rest of your body will reap the benefits. This summer, show that sandal stink who’s boss while also allowing your feet to be a pipeline for essential oils! Give these DIY essential oil recipes a try and see what these recipes, combined with a healthy lifestyle can do for your mood, stamina, and physical health. It’s time to take pride in your feet and in doing so you will be investing in a healthier and better YOU!


And just in case you haven’t read it yet, head over to the Smart Mom’s Essential Oil Guide for Spring/Summer to check out recipes for all-natural sunscreen, “bug off” spray, tickly nose rollerball blends, and on-the-go oils.

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