Green Tea Foot Bath for Dry Feet

The same green tea you drink can help soothe dry feet.

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Did you know the soles of your feet contain more than 250,000 sweat glands? Well, they do. So it’s no wonder your feet might need a little extra help and moisture to look and feel healthy, especially if you have dry skin. A green tea foot bath might just be what you need to make your tootsies feel soothed and refreshed again. Taking a few minutes out of your day to relax with a foot soak will make you feel better from top to tootsies.

Making the Green Tea Foot Bath

You don’t need to make a huge quantity of the foot bath at one time – it will just be a waste. In a large basin or foot bath, combine 6 cups of hot brewed green tea, 1/2 cup of organic oats, 2 teaspoons honey, 1/4 cup sweet almond oil and stir the mixture with a large wooden spoon. Let the foot bath mixture rest for about five minutes before you use it.

Add to It!

If you have sensitive skin that is as dry as the Mojave Desert, you can add a little bit more to your green tea foot bath to make your skin supple and moist. Along with the sweet almond oil, add 1/8 cup coconut oil, which is an ideal moisturizer for very dry skin. If you have tired, irritated dry skin, add 1/4 teaspoon calendula essential oil before stirring the mixture. The calendula essential oil will soothe and calm irritated skin while adding extra moisture.

Use

Now that you’ve prepared the foot bath, it’s time to use it. This is the simple part. Before you start, rinse your feet with warm water to remove any dirt. Check the temperature of the foot bath with a finger to make sure it isn’t too hot. After that, all you need to do is dip those toes in and sit back and relax. Soak your feet about 10 minutes, and then pat them dry with a clean towel. If you regularly use a moisturizer on your feet, right after using the foot bath is an excellent time to apply it.

Benefits

Green tea is high in antioxidants, which help to reduce irritation and soothe inflamed and damaged skin. Using green tea regularly as a topical treatment will help to tone and firm the skin on your feet as well, which is especially beneficial for aging skin. After all, who doesn’t want to fight our greatest enemy – Father Time? When you combine green tea with oats that contain salicylic acid for softening the skin, honey, which is an antiseptic for cleaning the feet, and sweet almond oil for adding essential moisture, you’ve got a heck of a treatment.

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