Make Your Own Relaxing Foot Balm

Updated December 2020

A couple of years ago hubby asked if I could make something for his dry, tired feet.

I went right to work! I did some research and whipped up a foot balm that contained (as far as I can remember) coconut oil and essential oils. It was good stuff! 

Unfortunately I lost my notes almost immediately and couldn't replicate what I'd done. The moral of the story is to take good notes when you do something, and don't lose them!

That jar is empty now. In the winter my heels are terribly dry and this year has been no exception. So I gave up looking for those missing notes and made a new batch from scratch, trying my best to replicate my recipe.

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The Ingredients

I used tea tree essential oil for its anti-fungal properties and peppermint essential oil because it is good for circulation. 

Since I use this at bedtime, I also added lavender essential oil which is relaxing and calming. 

The rest of the ingredients - lard, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E - are all moisturizing and very good for dry skin. 

Lard is easily absorbed into our skin. If you prefer not to use lard, you can double the amount of coconut oil instead.

As soon as you scoop some of this balm onto your fingers it begins to warm up and is so easy to apply. I didn't add a lot of beeswax to the balm - I don't like a waxy texture - but you can add more if you wish. That's the beauty of making your own, you can customize it to your liking.

This time I also whipped the balm with my stick blender. I love how it turned out: creamy, rich and luxurious. 

The trick is to use a straight-sided container when you whip it. I used an empty and clean salsa jar, which has a wide mouth, straight sides, and is wide enough for my stick blender to fit inside.

The foot balm recipe

This recipe will make one container (about one cup) of foot balm. 

I've included links to some of the products you might have a hard time finding. These are affiliate links, which means that if you follow a link and then make a purchase, I might make a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my affiliate disclosure here.

I like the Rocky Mountain brand of essential oils, so that's what I've linked to at Amazon. I have also used Plant Therapy essential oils.

All of these ingredients can be used in future salves and ointments (and in my hard lotion bars), as well as soap making. Just sayin'.

1/2 cup lard
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil 
1/8 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
2 Tbsp beeswax pellets

How to Make Foot Balm

Start by melting the beeswax, lard and coconut oil in a double boiler. I use a tin can set in a pan of hot water; I used a needle-nose pliers to bend a "spout" into the can for easy pouring.

Melt the oils in a DIY "double boiler".

Keep an eye on it, because it won't take long to melt. You can use a wooden skewer to stir it a bit.

Pour the melted mixture into a straight-sided jar or other container and let it cool a bit.

Pour the melted oils into a straight-sided jar

Add the rest of the ingredients (sweet almond oil, Vitamin E and essential oils), and use a stick blender to whip it until it's creamy.

Add the remaining ingredients and whip with a stick blender.

Spoon the whipped foot balm into a storage container such as a small, wide-mouthed jar, and let the mixture cool completely before adding the lid. It's that easy.

Spoon the balm into a container and let cool before adding the lid.

How to Use Your Foot Balm

Massage the balm into your feet at bedtime, especially into dry, cracked heels. Slip on a pair of socks to protect the bed sheets. 

By morning your tired, achy feet will be ready for a new day and your cracked, dry heels are on the way to "healthy and smooth."

Why not share this post with someone who spends a lot of time on their feet? They'll thank you for it!

How to make your own relaxing foot balm

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  1. Anonymous10:31 AM

    Thanks for sharing!! I'm excited to mix this up.:)

    1. I hope you'll love it as much as I do!

  2. This looks fantastic! My feet will love it! 🌻🐓

    1. Your feet WILL love it, and it's so easy to make!

  3. This sounds lovely! In the winter, it seems like everything gets dry! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. It sure does, Marci. Thank you for visiting.

  4. My feet are crying out for this - now all I need to do is work out what Beeswax pellets are in French and where I can get them and Vitamin E from. Where do you get them? #Skipethebag
    PS I'd love it if you would like to add this post (or any other "green" one) to my Going Green Linky - thank you :)

    1. I used an online translater, beeswax in French is "cire d'abeille." I buy mine at Amazon. I'll add some links to the post so you can find that and the Vitamin E easily if you'd like to look for them there. I think they ship internationally, don't they? (They're affiliate links, by the way.)

    2. Thank you so much for adding this to the #GoingGreenLinky and for adding the links. I have asked a fellow French blogger where she gets beeswax in France although my other half is off to the UK soon so he can probably get some delivered to where he's staying. 💚

    3. Hooray, I hope he can find some for you!

  5. That does sound easy - hope it works as well as the first batch. #GoingGreenLinky

  6. So glad I found this post. It's that time of year, and the feet and legs get so dry, cracked and hurt. Love using essential oils, but needed a great recipe! Gonna have to share this post if you don't mind...

    Great stuff - thank YOU!!

    1. This stuff works great for me, I hope it does for you too. Thank you for sharing.

  7. That sounds like my feet would be so happy!

  8. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Enjoy the rest of your week, Kathi!


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