The Best Essential Oils for Your Feet
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, March 25th, 2016
Warmer weather signals rebirth and renewal, and not just for plants and flowers springing up from the ground. After an entire winter bundled up in boots or hidden in house slippers, now is the time to show some love to dry, cracked, neglected feet. This is a great time to schedule a routine podiatry appointment and book a trip to the spa to get your feet in shape for the spring and summer. Our sports-centric podiatry practice in New York City helps active adults and athletes create a holistic treatment program for every type of issue pertaining to the feet and ankles. But in between your visits, pampering your feet at home with essential oils is a great complement to the work we do here.
Tea Tree Oil
When massaged into the bottoms of the feet and along cracked heels, tea tree oil can be great for:
- Reducing pain
- Softening the skin
- Disinfecting wounds
- Discouraging bacterial and fungal growth
- Addressing issues like plantar wart, athlete’s foot, insect bites, or rashes
Eucalyptus helps with:
- Reviving tired, achy feet
- Discouraging bacterial growth
We recommend lavender for:
- Soothing inflamed tissues
- Aiding blister, burn, or non-infected sore healing
- Reducing joint stiffness associated with arthritis
We find chamomile helps to:
- Reduce skin damage
- Address foot spasms
- Decrease inflammation
- Treat calf and foot muscle pain
Dilute with a little bit of almond oil to:
- Stop foot itching
- Diminish nerve sensitivity
- Purify the skin and promote new cell growth
- Increase foot circulation, providing a cooling effect
- Reduce the aches and pains of a long day spent on your feet
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Recipe: The Ultimate Foot Soak
Besides using essential oils separately, you can also maximize their healing properties by combining oils to create a foot soak. Here’s one we recommend, courtesy of Alive.com:
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops tea tree oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus oil
- 2 drops chamomile oil
Combine this mixture with a large bowl of boiling water, cooled to room temperature before dipping your feet in for a 15-minute soak.
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Another option is a foot scrub that removes dead skin cells. The Colleen Kelly-Rooney podiatry blog recommends the following mixture:
- Coconut oil
- Sugar or salt
- Lemon oil, vanilla oil, lavender oil, or tea tree oil (for foot fungus)
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More Natural Ways to Help Feet
The list of benefits and recommendations may make it seem like essential oils are nature’s answer to the most serious foot maladies. Keep in mind that the effect of these oils is minimal at best when going up against chronic or acute pain. Essential oils are meant to be a complementary therapy to professional podiatry care.
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine gives you every possible tool to have healthy, happy feet. Biopuncture injection therapy is one of the alternative medicine treatments we offer for foot pain, chronic Achilles tendon inflammation, sprained ankles, and muscle tears. Instead of injecting a synthetic medicine into the body, we use diluted preparations of plant-derived compounds that are low-dose compared to pharmacological solutions but stronger than traditional homeopathy. To facilitate fast healing from high-level sports injuries, we sometimes use platelet-rich plasma therapy, which uses concentrated blood platelets from a patient’s own body to stimulate natural regeneration.
More non-invasive, gentle therapies we offer include:
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for heel pain
- Laser pain management for arthritis, diabetes, sports injuries and more
- Therapeutic ultrasound for soft tissue tears
Contact us to learn more about essential oils, biopuncture, platelet rich plasma and other natural therapies offered by our NY offices.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.