I think one of my favourite things about summer is ditching shoes and going barefoot. As a kid I’d frequently return home with totally blackened feet that grew tough and leathery over the summer months. Now, sadly, I don’t have months-long summer vacations, which greatly reduces my running-around-outside-like-a-Lost-Boy time, but I’ll still go barefoot at any chance. Whether I’m kicking off my shoes on a walk through the park or tip-toeing through some seriously pokey pine needles on my way to the dock at my cottage, I’m a fan of going nude from the ankles down.
As with many seasonal things, though, there is a breaking in period, and it can smart. My pampered winter feet always protest a bit when I toss them outside to fend for themselves, so that’s where this barefoot balm comes in. Made from soothing and healing ingredients, it’ll help your feet calm down and toughen up in no time.
The majority of this recipe is made up of herb-infused oils. Arnica is for pain and soreness, plantain eases irritation and boosts healing, and St. John’s Wort helps relieve pain and boost healing. Arnica oil should not be applied to open skin, so this balm is just for sore feet, not cut up feet. Also, I’d recommend applying this barefoot balm when you’re done going barefoot for the day, as St. John’s Wort can cause photosensitivity.
Peppermint essential oils makes this balm subtly cooling, tea tree essential oil is antibacterial and antiviral, and chamomile is soothing. All together they smell quite nice, too—especially when paired with the herbal/nutty scent of the infused oils.
Give it a go—I think your sore summer feet will love it 🙂
Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the essential oils. Decant into several 30mL/1oz tins and let set up.
To use, massage into sore feet before bedtime (or some other time your feet won’t see the sun for several hours). Do not apply to broken skin.