Aahhh…I just did a tea tree oil foot soak this evening for my tired, dry feet in need of pampering now that it’s sandal weather! There are so many tea tree uses one of my favorites is for reviving the skin on my feet.
This was such a great foot soak to do at the end of a hot day. My feet get swollen when it’s hot out due to my lymphedema, mostly in my right leg. It feels like it’s throbbing and feels very tight due to the excess fluid. The oils in this soak helped cool off my feet and get the circulation going.
My lymphedema began when I was 13 and I was required to wear some ugly tan knee-high stockings during the day. At the time it didn’t bother me – perhaps the kids I went to school with were really cool and didn’t make a big deal about my fashion choice!
It wasn’t really a huge problem until I got pregnant for the second time. For some reason, this baby sat so low on my uterus he must have squeezed the wrong part and my legs swelled up like you wouldn’t believe. I couldn’t find any shoes that fit and thought I would be forced to wear Crocs the entire pregnancy. My mom went shoe shopping with me (not an easy feat) and we finally found some Keen Sandals that fit really well and were very comfortable.
I really wish I had this foot soak at the time. These days I am working so hard to get my lymphedema under control after years of ignoring my own needs to take care of my kids! It’s typical, isn’t it?!
Quick facts about tea tree oil uses:
- Tea tree oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
- A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
- Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.
I love how the science always backs up tea tree oil as an AMAZING gift from nature. I always try to provide my readers with the scientific proof of how and why tea tree oil works so well.
It’s an inexpensive natural alternative to chemical-based skin and nail treatments, personal care products and disinfectants, among other things.
According to a 2013 laboratory study, tea tree oil is effective in treating the fungus that commonly affects the toenails and can cause athlete’s foot.
Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak
- 1 large container like this 3.5 Gallon Flex Tub
- 4 quarts warm water (enough to cover feet in container)
- 1/2 cup Dr Teals Lavender Epsom Salt
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops melaleuca (tea tree oil) essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
- Add oils to epsom salt and mix in tub, then add warm water. I used a pumice afterward and I was amazed at how well my feet look now. The oils make such a big difference than simply using the pumice after a shower.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) is such a great oil for rejuvenating skin. Read my recent blog post about Tea Tree Oil Relievers!
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