After a busy day, there’s nothing like a foot massage to take the stress away. This homemade foot butter with essential oils is the perfect ending to your busy days!
I spent this past weekend in my Lilla Rose booth at a hometown festival. Every year I set up my tent, put the pretties on display, and enjoy the break from my typical routine. I spend the whole day outside meeting new neighbors and watching ladies’ faces light up because they found something that quickly and easily gives them beautiful hair. It’s fun.
It’s also work. I spend most of my time on my feet, and when things get busy, it can be hard to find a spare moment to eat, drink, or even visit the luxurious porta-potty. By Saturday night I’m exhausted! And my feet hurt.
Busy days do that to us, don’t they? Even the usual mom-life at home can leave us pretty wiped out and our feet aching.
There’s truly nothing I love more at the end of a busy day than a foot and ankle massage. Often my sweet mister will rub my tootsies, but sometimes I just give them a quick rub myself. And sometimes my littlest little people like to try their hands at massage, too.
Regardless of the chosen masseuse, a good foot massage requires a fabulous foot butter that wipes away the stress and strain of the day. This Busy Day Foot Butter does just that! It’s simple to make (aren’t most of my projects?), smells fantastic, and will leave your feet feeling softened and refreshed.
This foot butter starts with a simple base of shea butter, coconut oil, and a little bit of arrowroot powder. The arrowroot powder gives the foot butter a slightly thicker texture and keeps it from being too greasy. You can leave it out if you don’t have any, though. It won’t change the final product too much.
You don’t have to heat anything up to make this foot butter, so once the first three ingredients are combined, you just add your essential oils to complete.
Peppermint and spearmint essential oils make the foot butter a mildly cooling treat for tired toes. These oils will work great on their own in a foot butter, but I like to add a little bit of lavender and bergamot essential oils for stress relief. They also round out the minty scent.
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- 3 ounces unrefined shea butter (found here or here)
- 1 ounce coconut oil (found here or here)
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (found here or here)
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
- 10 drops spearmint essential oil (Mentha spicata)
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)*
*Bergamot essential oil contains bergapten. This can make your skin extremely sensitive to sunlight (called phototoxicity). To avoid this, you can get bergapten-free bergamot essential oil or just avoid direct sunlight for an hour or two after applying bergamot oil topically.
- With an electric mixer, whip together the shea butter, coconut oil, and arrowroot powder until fully combined, smooth, and slightly whipped.
- Add the essential oils and mix again to thoroughly combine.
- Pour into a nonreactive 4 ounce container (like a metal tin or a glass jar) and label with ingredients, date made, and the product name.
- To use, apply a small amount to the feet and ankles while massaging. For extra soft and pampered feet, apply after a bath or foot soak.
Our two-year-old has asked for her feet to be rubbed by Daddy since she was a year old after seeing the special treatment Mommy gets! As soon as she saw what this foot butter was for, she plopped down to have her feet rubbed.
The coconut oil makes this foot butter lighter than others and also helps it soak in more quickly. Busy days often mean tired nights, so this treats your feet without making you stay up waiting for the foot butter to be absorbed.
Another great thing to do with this foot butter is to apply it before bed, putting on a pair of soft cotton socks to hold the moisture in while you sleep. You’ll wake up with some really happy feet!
For more solid information on essential oils, be sure to check out my book Essential Oils: Separating Truth from Myth, available in print, Kindle, and PDF download.