Have you ever thought of all the places your feet have taken you?
Around and around your elementary play yard, back and forth across the sports field, up and down your high school corridors, and miles through shopping miles.
To the edge of where the sand meets the sea, perhaps down the aisle to the person of your dreams, endless twirls around the dance floor, quick chases after your toddler, countless Target runs, and so much more!
Like most of us you’ve probably always taken your feet for granted. Not really giving them a second thought, unless you were trying on new shoes. Right? But, now that you’re experiencing tired legs and feet it’s often the top thing on your mind. Because just putting your foot down on the floor can cause pain to radiate up your legs.
Perhaps you’ve had a change of career from the desk to “the floor,” started a new hobby like Zumba or running, or your kids are in activities that require you to stand on the side lines for hours every week.
So now your feet hurt and your legs ache. And on top of that, your feet might be like a bad pie crust: dry, flaky, and cracked.
…enter restorative leg and foot butter!
What Causes Tired Legs and Feet?
Outside of a change in your routine, pain and soreness in your leg muscles and feet can be caused by several other factors like age, weight, overactivity, and bad footwear. Which means it’s not uncommon and most of us will experience it sometime in our life. How about pregnancy for example?
No matter how your feet got here it’s time you give them the TLC they deserve!
How to find relief for tired legs and feet
There’s no question we are avid DIYers here at Pronounce Skincare, so we when we say we’ve tried a number of recipes and ingredients to keep our feet from drying and our tired legs, well less tired – you know we mean it.
Our recipe for a restorative leg and foot butter is a pleasantly fresh game changer made from ingredients packed with Tender Loving Care.
What can our restorative leg and foot butter do for you?
- Soothe the tiredness out of your legs with refreshing eucalyptus essential oil
- Soften dry feet with a blend of excellent moisturizers such as cocoa butter, shea butter, and virgin refined coconut oil
- Deodorize and naturally kill bacteria where we sometimes need it most – think sweaty gym shoes with rosemary extract and eucalyptus essential oil using their antiseptic and antifungal properties (source)
- Aid the healing of your cracked heels with antioxidants from vitamin E oil and castor oil
Ready to give this butter a try? Here’s what you’ll need:
Restorative Leg and Foot Butter
Relief for Tired Legs and Feet
Relief for Tired Legs and Feet
- Double boiler (I use a pot of shallow, low simmering water with a glass bowl over top)
- Two 8-ounce airtight jars (we have loads of containers in the Herbal Boutique for you)
- Mixer (hand works well, but a stand mixer works, too)
- 6 tablespoons certified organic shea butter
- 6 tablespoons certified organic cocoa butter
- ½ cup coconut oil (our coconut oil is virgin, unrefined, and hand-milled)
- 1 teaspoon certified organic castor oil
- 4 teaspoons vitamin E oil
- ½ teaspoon certified organic rosemary extract (anti-oxidant)
- 8 drops certified organic eucalyptus essential oil
Make Restorative Leg and Foot Butter
In a double boiler, melt shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil on low/low-medium heat until melted. Promptly remove from heat and add castor oil and vitamin E oil. Whisk together and place in the fridge to cool.
Keep cooling until the mixture is the consistency of soft butter. Then remove from fridge and using a mixer whip for one minute. Add rosemary extract, along with eucalyptus essential oil to the butter. Then continue to whip using the hand mixer for one to two minutes.
Store restorative butter for tired legs and feet in an airtight container. We used two of our 8-ounce jars from the shop. Keep one in the refrigerator for later or gift to a friend.
NOTE: This recipe doesn’t use a scale, and if you have been around here a while you know that more often than not I recommend buying and using a scale for DIY fun. But, you know what…in this case it’s a-okay to use more common utensils! With a recipe like this it isn’t necessary to be ridiculously precise. If you prefer using a scale (like I usually do) you can do conversions here.
What are the best ways to relieve tired legs and achy feet?
If you’ve got time start with a foot soak using a specific combination of herbs and essential oils to help relax muscles and leave your feet feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The benefits of a foot soak often extend beyond the feet; relieving excess tension over the entire body. Try one tonight while you’re watching Netflix!
And if your heels resemble that bad pie crust we mentioned earlier, consider starting with foot scrub like this foot scrub recipe for a softening coconut lavender scrub.
(…rather us make a Pronounce foot scrub for you? We’d love to!)
After soaking or scrubbing towel dry feet and massage restorative butter all over your feet and legs, focusing on the heels and calves. As the fresh aroma of rosemary and eucalyptus encompasses your legs and feet you will quickly start to feel some relief.
To extend the benefits and wake up to softer soles, apply a generous amount to your feet and slip on a pair of tall socks to allow the butter soak into your skin overnight. Why not apply a little heel salve while you’re at it?
Not feeling particularly DIYish?
Simply not enough hours in the day? Pinning more than you could ever tackle these days? No worries. I have got you covered. Please, head on over to the Skincare Shop where I sell a foot scrub that just might interest you. While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!