Notice a foul odor when you kick off your shoes? That’s not uncommon. Bacteria are notorious for growing in the dark, moist environment most footwear provides (even your high heels). The trick to kicking the problem is drying up excess moisture and adding antibacterial herbs to your foot care regimen to make your skin and shoes less hospitable to odor-causing microbes.
Peppermint Foot Soak
YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 20 MINUTES
Peppermint acts as a mild antibacterial while refreshing feet, improving circulation, and imparting a clean, uplifting fragrance.
1 tablespoon dry mint leaves, 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, 2 peppermint teabags, or 3 drops peppermint essential oil
1 cup boiling water 1 gallon cool water
- Add the peppermint to the boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain the peppermint from the water (if using fresh or dried leaves).
- In a shallow basin or footbath, pour the peppermint foot soak into the cool water.
- Immerse your feet in the basin and relax for 15 minutes.
- After drying your feet completely, use a little lotion, foot powder, or foot spray to keep your feet smelling fresh.
- Use as often as you like.
Quick Tea Tree Foot Spray
YIELD: ABOUT 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE WITH SPRAY TOP
TIME: 1 MINUTE
With tea tree essential oil to keep bacteria from multiplying, this foot spray imparts a fresh scent that keeps foot odor to a minimum all day.
4 ounces unflavored vodka 12 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a glass bottle, carefully combine the vodka and the tea tree essential oil.
- Cap tightly with a spray top.
- Shake well before each use.
- Spray all over your feet, ensuring you get between the toes. Wait a few seconds for the spray to dry before putting on socks and shoes.
- Use daily after bathing or showering. Keep in a cool, dark place.
Lavender–Peppermint Foot Balm
YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 20 MINUTES
Pamper tired feet with nourishing moisture and a luxurious fragrance. Spread the love by turning your DIY preparation into a spa gift for anyone who needs a little TLC.
7 ounces organic olive oil
1 ounce beeswax, grated
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil
- In a double boiler, add the olive oil and beeswax over low heat. Stir to combine.
- Remove from the heat once the beeswax melts completely.
- Stir in the vitamin E oil and the lavender and peppermint essential oils.
- Transfer to a jar or tin.
- Cool completely before capping with a tight-fitting lid.
- Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer to freshly washed feet. Store in a cool, dark place.
For a refreshing at-home spa experience, try the peppermint foot soak and follow up with this balm.