I was in yoga class the other day, looking at my bare feet while hanging out in butterfly pose, and I was bit appalled by what I saw. Dry, flaky scaly bits were peeling away from my heels and the balls of my feet, and it was pretty gross, so I decided to do something about it before my yoga mat complained.

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The plan for this soak was to make an acidic powder that could be added to a tub of hot water. Combined with a good, long soak, the skin on the feet would soften enough to be thoroughly scrubbed and buffed into submission.

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I chose citric acid as my acid since it’s relatively inexpensive and readily available. If you’ve ever made bath bombs you probably already have some! Up next, some Epsom salts. There’s not really enough here to bring all the benefits of Epsom salts to the table, but they do help dilute the citric acid so it’s harder to accidentally end up with an unpleasantly strong foot soak.

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For a bit of soothing and healing I’ve added a touch of 200x concentrated aloe vera powder. If you don’t have it you can leave it out and simply add a splash of aloe vera juice to your foot soak water.

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I selected orange and tea tree essential oils to give the soak a bright, fresh, and anti-bacterial kick. The pairing smells fantastic, and if you don’t have orange essential oil you can easily use whatever citrus essential oil you have on hand instead.

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I gave this soak a test run with a big bowl of warm water and some writing to keep me occupied while my feet soaked. I got so distracted that I sat there until well after the water had gone cold, but I’d say 15–20 minutes would be more than adequate. Afterwards I gave my feet a very thorough scrubbing, and I must say it was very, err, satisfying. I followed up with a heavy coating of Rocky Mountain Foot Butter and called it a day. Mmm, happy feet 🙂

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Orange & Tea Tree Foot Soak

¼ cup Epsom salt
¼ cup citric acid
1 pinch aloe vera powder 200x
10 drops orange 5x essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

Combine the Epsom salt, citric acid, and aloe vera powder in your DIY-specific coffee grinder and blend to combine. Let the mixture settle for a few minutes before removing the lid (so you don’t inhale the powder) and add the essential oils. Blend to combine.

Store the mixture in a 120mL/half cup mason jar.

To use, add a heaping tablespoon to a big tub of warm water. Soak your feet for 15–20 minutes and follow up with a thorough scrubbing. Feel free to adjust the amount of powder in the future if you feel the bath is too strong or too weak.

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