Recipes for Metal Detoxification- Foot Baths/Soaks
Alternate between these foot detox soak recipes during the week, and see if you are feeling more spring in your step.
Foot bathing can be done by soaking your feet in a shallow hot water in a bucket. If your feet become warm, then your whole body will become warm, too, and you’ll begin to sweat. The sweat may contain heavy metal toxins that come out through your blood vessels to your pores and to the surface of your body. You will feel relaxed just like you are taking a bath in a hot spring.
The recommended water temperature is 40–42 °C and about 25 minutes per session. You can do it as many times as desired.
You can use herbs that are widely available such as dried radish leaves, dried carrot leaves, dried mugwort leaves, dried corn silk (maize), dried citrus skin, and dried ginger (grated). These herbs are good for revitalizing our health.
Creating your own spa foot soak at home
While salons and spas offer a variety of treatments and pampering, they can also be very expensive.
If you are looking for a way to treat yourself to a spa quality foot soak as well as saving some money, you can always make your own foot soak with some ingredients around the house and relax in the comfort of your own home as your feet soak their way to looking and feeling better.
Things You’ll Need
Deep basin or large pot
Fine grain sea salt
Lemon essential oil
Dried or fresh Lavender
Peppermint oil or Tea Tree Oil
Sea Salt Foot Soak
- Combine two cups of fine grain sea salt with ½ cup of sweet almond oil into a plastic bowl. Add in 10 drops of lemon essential oil and stir until the ingredients are mixed completely.
- Take a ½ gallon of whole milk and pour it into a large saucepan. Add dried or fresh lavender into the mixture. Heat on low and stir occasionally. After fifteen minutes, pour the milk, along with the lavender, into a large, plastic tub. Make sure it is big enough for both your feet.
- Pour in a bag of marbles. Then sink your feet into the mixture. Move the marbles around the tub with your toes.
soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Then remove your feet and pat them dry
How to Make a Herbal Foot Soak
2 gallons distilled water
Saucepan or dutch oven
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom salts
2 cups dried herbs
Things You’ll Need:
- Heat the water in a large saucepan or dutch oven.
- Stir in the baking soda, Epsom salts and dried herbs.
- Allow the herbal foot soak to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a large basin, and let it cool until it’s comfortable to the touch.
Wash your feet well with soap and water, and then soak them in the herbal foot soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the herbal foot soak as often as you like, using a fresh batch of foot soak each time.
The choice of herbs you use in your herbal foot soak is totally up to you. Peppermint will sooth tired feet, chamomile, rose or lemon balm will help to relieve stress, and rosemary and lemon will refresh you. You can use one herb, or a combination.
Tea tree oil is known to have anti-fungal properties. Add a tablespoon of tea tree oil if you struggle with athlete’s foot or other similar foot problems.
If your feet are dry and cracked, add a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil to the warm herbal foot soak.
Tips & Warnings
Magnum Foot Bath
This particular bath consists of using magnesium to detoxify the body. The toxins that are pulled from the bottoms of your feet will turn the water gray, which is an interesting affect. Magnesium helps to release acid waste from fluids in the body tissue. Ingredients commonly used in a magnesium bath include magnesium chloride bath crystals, magnesium oxide powder and oil or essential oils.
The use of essential oils added to warm or cool water can offer relaxation for your feet or make you feel energized and revitalized.
For a relaxing foot soak, include lavender, marjoram, peppermint oil, sandalwood, bergamot or patchouli. Use a few drops of any combination of these oils in your foot soak for energizing, relaxing & ideal to clear the mind of stress and improve well-being. Soothing foot soaks that relax and detox the body include the sea salt in addition to essential oils.
A refreshing foot soak includes oils such as orange, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and lemon. Lavender has a clean fresh scent that can be used for a refreshing or relaxing soak. Add a few drops of essential oil to your warm or cool water in any combination. Choose one oil or a few for a sweet smelling soak.
mix ½ cup of sea salt with a gallon of boiling water, and allow to cool before sticking the feet in. The salt will relax the feet and reduce swelling or stiffness. The salt will also draw out toxins and excess water, reducing water retention.
- Combine a gallon of boiling water with two drops of essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood, and ¼ cup of sea salt. The salt will detox the feet, while the essential oils provide relaxation to the mind and body. Peppermint oil is rejuvenating and may also be used for a foot soak. Combine one gallon of boiling water and three drops of peppermint oil. Allow the water to cool, and soak feet to feel rejuvenated and relaxed.
Clay Foot Bath
Bentonite clay is beneficial when drawing out toxins, because it attracts such pollutants as metal, chemicals and pollutants you absorb into the body from the environment and diet, according to Colon Zone. To create a detox foot bath using bentonite clay, mix two cups with one gallon of hot water and allow to cool before soaking the feet. Allow the feet to sit in the detox clay for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
You can add milk to warm water to help soften rough feet. Milk has lactic acid and protein to dissolve dead skin and beautify the feet. Mix 2 cups of milk to 7 cups of water and heat the mixture on the stove to as hot as you can stand it. Remove from heat and soak.
You can use Epsom salt in your foot soak to ease sore muscles and stress. The magnesium in the Epsom salt helps to relieve pain and soreness. Add essential oil such as lavender for a refreshing scent. Epsom salt also works well for a whole body soak for aching and sore muscles.
Put five tablespoons of the ingredient in warm water for a 20 minute soak.
alternate Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Find a tub or deep basin. Fill it halfway with warm water. Allow enough room to add in hot water should the water get cool.
Add ½ cup of Epsom salt into hot water and allow it to dissolve. Mix it well before pouring it into the tub or basin. Epsom salt is an excellent additive for a foot soak since it improves muscle function, reduces inflammation, and eases aches and pains.
Add baking soda and honey to the foot soak to help with dry skin. Peppermint oil is good to add to help with circulation. You can add Tea Tree Oil if you suffer from toenail fungus or athlete’s foot.
Soak feet for 15 or 20 minutes or until the water becomes cold. Remove feet before 30 minutes passes because it can do more harm than good for dry skin.
An IMPORTANT note of Warning for those with Diabetes & the use of Epsom Salt:
Epsom Salt & Diabetes
For individuals with varying forms of diabetes, the use of Epsom salt can be a concern.
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is used either for internal use as a laxative, or externally for the treatment of aches and pains.
Diabetics must be aware of the consequences of the use of Epsom salt before choosing it as a remedy.
Epsom salt is often the prescribed remedy for:
soaking aching muscles in a bath,
drawing out a localized infection,
or used as a laxative for constipation.
The salt in the magnesium sulfate acts as a drying agent, often used in the form of a cream, paste or solution.
Epsom salt can have a drying effect on the skin, which can be beneficial to an area that is infected.
However, it may have a negative effect on the surrounding areas of normal skin.
Also, soaking in a sitz bath containing hot water and Epsom salt can cause an overall drying effect of the skin.
Soaking in bath containing Epsom salt will cause an absorption of magnesium through the skin.
Magnesium is known to:
- lower blood pressure,
- increase muscle and nerve functions
- and increase the function of insulin.
Risks for Diabetics
Diabetics must take caution when using Epsom salt because too much magnesium in the body,
absorbed from the salt,
can cause uncontrolled fluctuations in blood sugar.
Also, frequent soaking in Epsom salt can increase dry skin,
especially in extremities such as toes prone to circulation problems.
If you’re a diabetic and interested in using Epsom salt as a solution for a variety of health issues,
it is best to consult your physician before frequent use.
More than likely, if you are in good control of your glucose levels,
then moderate use of Epsom salt will be harmless if used as directed.
Vinegar & Water
A vinegar-and-water foot soak can soften the skin on your feet and make calluses and dead skin easier to remove. Vinegar also kills germs and bacteria, helping to get rid of athlete’s foot and foot fungus. Soaking your feet in vinegar and water is relatively inexpensive compared with other foot-soak solutions and requires no other ingredients outside of the two items.
- Fill a tub with 2 gallons of warm water.
- Add 1 cup vinegar to the water. You can use apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar; use whichever one smells better to you.
- Soak your feet for 45 minutes
- Remove your feet from the water.
- Scrub trouble areas in light circular strokes with a pumice stone.
- Rinse and dry your feet when finished.
- Clean your pumice stone in vinegar after each use.
To make a simple foot soak bath, combine one cup of Epsom salts with two tablespoons of ginger in one cup of water, then add to the water in your foot soak. Make sure the water is not too hot. Soak your feet for about thirty minutes. This foot soak will open up pores, eliminate toxins and ease pain.
To counteract the effects of radiation from x-rays, or cancer radiation treatment, you can combine one cup of baking soda with one to two cups of coarse salts, Epsom salts or sea salts. Soak your feet in this mixture for about twenty minutes for a great detoxification.
If you spend all day on your feet, make this great tea detox recipe to relax and soothe your feet after a long day.
Combine one cup of Epsom salts with one unopened peppermint tea bag, and one unopened chamomile tea bag,
placing all items in a basin of warm water.
Soak your feet for thirty minutes.
This is a wonderful detox, and also has the benefit of being a deodorant foot soak.
Black tea can prevent foot odor. Tea has tannic acid in it and has astringent properties. This prevents the feet from perspiring. Green tea can soothe tired feet and make them feel rejuvenated.
Honey Foot Bath
- Make a honey foot bath using honey, liquid soap, vanilla extract and sweet almond oil. Take about 1 tablespoon each of the honey and liquid soap. Combine with one teaspoon of the vanilla extract, and two tablespoons of the sweet almond oil. Mix these ingredients together for your detox foot soak. Pour into your foot bath with enough warm water to cover. Let your feet soak for at least twenty minutes. Honey has many wonderful properties, including being an antibacterial, which helps to detox your feet. It also acts as an antioxidant, and is a wonderful, natural moisturizer.
Detoxifying foot scrubs are made with sea salt, Epsom salt and glycerin. They are infused with eucalyptus, tea tree oil or spearmint oil. These scrubs are soothing and aid in relieving aches and pains and the common cold.
Fresh herbs can be added to a foot bath to detox the feet. Ginger has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Licorice can help the liver detoxify and mint can increase energy flow to the digestive organs.
Detox foot pads are sold by a variety of companies. They adhere to the feet and are worn at night. Most use wood and bamboo vinegar extracts. These extracts are believed to absorb harmful body toxins.
Magnets for Foot Bath Detox
How to Use
Plan on your detoxification session taking about 30 minutes. Repeat the therapy every week until your system has been rid of all toxins. After your body has been cleansed, repeat the treatment once a month for maintenance. Some people will need to detox more often depending on their lifestyle, the physical ailments they are trying to help, and even the line of work you are in–such as hair dressers who work with hair dye and other chemicals on a regular basis. It is recommended that you detox often to get the best benefits of the treatments. The longer you go between detoxing, the more chance you will have to build up more toxins.