Taking time for self-care, such as making a foot soak recipe, is so important for physical and mental well being. When the foot soak may improve your wellness during cold and flu season, too, it’s a win-win indulgence that you can’t afford NOT to do!
This foot soak recipe uses ingredients inspired by doTerra On Guard, a popular essential oil blend that many state can help support the immune system. Not only is the wellness foot soak beautiful to look at it, the warm water can release beneficial ingredients for your skin to absorb and support health and wellness.
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doTerra On Guard Ingredients
To understand why doTerra On Guard is one of the best selling blends from the company, you need to understand the power of the essential oil ingredients.
doTERRA On Guard ingredients are:
- Wild Orange Peel
- Clove Bud
- Cinnamon Leaf
- Cinnamon Bark
- Eucalyptus Leaf
- Rosemary Leaf/Flower
All of these essential oils have strong properties, many known for warming the body or purification. Combine them together and you get a powerful blend which helps support the immune system when taken internally, according to the company.
When used externally, doTerra On Guard can be used as a non-toxic cleaner to clean surfaces throughout the home.
When diffused in the air, doTerra states that the On Guard blend can purify the air.
Alternative to doTerra On Guard
If you don’t want to spend the money on a doTerra essential oil blend, there are always alternatives. Many essential oil companies create essential oil blends that are similar to each other.
Eden’s Garden Guardian essential oils blend is comparable to doTerra’s On Guard. However, it is MUCH less expensive. And it can even be bought on Amazon. Guardian blend ingredients are:
- Clove Bud
- Cinnamon Bark
- Cinnamon Leaf
As you can see, the ingredients are almost the same. The strength and potency of each company’s ingredients is something that can vary. However, I have tried many of Eden’s Garden’s products and have been happy. I’ve also been happy with other essential oil companies, too, including NOW Foods and Young Living.
Why Do Foot Soaks Work So Well?
There’s something instantly relaxing about having our feet pampered. It’s soothing and releases stress very quickly.
Putting your swollen, sore or achy feet in a warm bath and letting the heat relax the muscles in therapeutic. And it makes you sit still for a certain period of time. Which is hard for many people to do!
But it’s not just the warmth that makes pampering your feet such a smart idea.
Reflexology is the art of applying massaging pressure to certain points in the body, with a majority of them being in the feet. Massaging your feet can result in improvements to health and well being since there are so many areas in your feet that are connected to other organs and systems in your body. I personally have seen a lot of improvements after using reflexology. And I own a chart similar to this reflexology foot chart so that I can work on areas corresponding to problems that I might have.
Foot detox pads are used on the soles of the feet to draw out toxins.
And magnesium oil is suggested to be sprayed on the bottom of your feet for quick absorption and relief from pain.
It has been suggested that products applied to your feet, such as essential oils, can be absorbed more quickly. I don’t know if that’s true or not, and can’t find any scientific evidence to prove it. But you might find in your own life that there is a strong correlation in applying products to – or soaking – your feet can make you feel better quickly.
We don’t think too often about our feet as being an integral part of health and wellness, but your feet are actually VERY important places to focus on for improved wellness.
Foot Soak Recipe Using doTerra On Guard Ingredients
If you want to support health and wellness using a relaxing foot soak, this is a great foot soak recipe.
The foot soak uses ingredients inspired by doTerra On Guard essential oil blend.
It is very important to note some obvious differences:
- Essential oils are concentrated forms of plants, fruits and herbs. The strength of a fruit will never be the same as a concentrated essential oil from the same fruit.
- Ingesting a product is going to have a stronger reaction that exposing your skin to a product.
That being said, soaking your feet in a bath of natural ingredients with healing properties can be very therapeutic. And when you choose ingredients that have been successfully used to help improve immune function, it’s a smart decision.
So when you want to enjoy a self-care ritual that can possibly improve your wellness, be sure to keep this foot soak recipe handy. Print it off below with the handy recipe card or Pin it and save for later.
This foot soak recipe is also great for a spa-day party or girls night in. It’s a perfect combination of pampering and wellness, and it’s just a beautiful experience, too.
Consider making this homemade soothing skin balm to protect your skin from harsh weather all year as another way to pamper and protect yourself.
Be sure you have a basin or bowl that is large enough to let your feet comfortably soak, while also having enough room for water. Consider this foldable foot basin for soaking. Or this more inexpensive foot basin that can be stored where you have room.
- One large piece of eucalyptus, preferably fresh (dried eucalyptus can have chemicals sprayed on leaves to preserve them)
- A dozen slices of citrus fruits (I used a mix of oranges)
- 1-2 tablespoons of cloves
- A few sprigs of fresh or dried rosemary
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- About 1.5 gallons of water (depending on the size of your foot basin for soaking)
- Foot basin or very deep, large bowl
- Wash off the outsides of the oranges and rinse the eucalyptus.
- Slice the citrus fruits pieces that are roughly ⅓ of an inch thick.
- Cut the eucalyptus so it will easily fit the bowl.
- Add all of the ingredients to a pot with at least 6 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes to release the oils.
- Pour the entire pot of hot water and ingredients into a larger foot soaking bowl and add more water (either warm or cold) as needed.
- DOUBLE CHECK the temperature of the water before touching your skin to it to ensure it isn’t too hot! This is very important! Do not put feet or any skin in water that has just come off of boiling temperatures. Make sure that the water is tepid enough to not burn your skin, while still being warm to relax your feet. Strive for a temperaure like water you'd bathe in.
- Soak your feet for 20 to 30 minutes while you relax and enjoy the soothing scents.
- Plan to make and use this soak after a bath or shower so your feet are fresh when going into the soak.
- Do something relaxing while letting your feet soak. Whether it's reading, meditating, watching a movie or sitting with a pet on your lap.
- Fresh eucalyptus can be bought inexpensively at Trader Joes supermarkets. Check your local supermarket's floral section for eucalyptus.