After a long day, you feel exhausted, irritable, and want to do nothing but rest. To help you relax after a long day, consider doing a foot detox Free-Photos / Pixabay

After a long day of hard work, most people feel exhausted, are in a bad mood, and experiencing body pains. One of the most common areas of the body that people experience pain are usually the feet.

This makes sense considering most people’s days consist of walking around or standing for hours. Additionally, walking around takes a toll on our feet and could lead to cracked heels, varicose veins, and fungal infections. This is where foot detoxes come in.

There are plenty of types of foot detox, but these are the most popular ones:

  • Foot soak – a foot soak is the most standard type of foot detox. It involves immersing your feet in warm water and adding various ingredients such as Epsom salts, essential oils, and the like to the water.
  • Foot masks – A foot mask is typically applied for a set period of time and then washed off. Foot masks help to clean and soften the feet
  • Foot scrubs – Foot scrubs are typically used to clean and detoxify your feet, in addition to reducing foot odors and removing dead skin cells. The massaging motion done during a foot scrub also helps to relax your muscles and reduce tension.
  • Foot pads – Special detox foot pads are available in most stores. These process of foot pads making the feet sweat is believed to draw out toxins
  • Acupressure-based techniques – Acupressure-based techniques involve using unique massage techniques. These massages pinpoint specific points in the feet believed to be linked to your organs, a practice based heavily on Chinese medicine. You then apply pressure to these points to encourage relaxation. Acupressure is also believed to aid detoxification
Nothing beats taking your shoes off after a long day. However, we recommend a foot detox to help you relax even more Pexels / Pixabay

Here are some foot detox recipes to help you wind down and relax after a long day.

Epsom salt foot soak

To make this foot soak, simply add 1 cup of Epsom salt to warm water. Soak your feet in the mixture for about 20 to 30 minutes. Avoid using this recipe if there are any open wounds on your feet.

Apple cider vinegar soak

To make this foot soak, add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to warm water and soak your feet for about 20 to 30 minutes. Some people drink apple cider vinegar in order to encourage detoxification. In addition to its detoxifying properties, the apple cider vinegar in this foot soak may also help deodorize your feet.

Foot Soak
Foot Soak – Foot detoxing involves many types. There are foot soaks, scrubs, masks, and so on and so forth. Pezibear / Pixabay

Bentonite clay foot mask

To make this foot mask, mix the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of tea tree essential oil
  • 3 tbsp of bentonite clay
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Add more bentonite clay or vinegar until you achieve a thick paste. Apply the mixture to both of your feet and allow to dry. Wait 30 minutes and then wash it off. This foot mask is especially helpful for people with fungal infections or bad foot odor

Olive oil foot scrub

To make this foot scrub, mix the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil

Apply the scrub to each foot and gently work the mixture into the skin using circular motions. Pay extra attention to the sole and the areas in between your toes. After adequate scrubbing, rinse it off and pat your feet dry with a clean towel. This foot scrub is extremely hydrating and is perfect for people with cracked heels.