It is not uncommon for adults and children to have problems with foot odor. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons the embarrassing problem occurs more often in people who normally wear closed shoes which restricts cooling air flow. In some cases the offensive smell is caused by fungus and bacteria in the shoes, but the problem can also be with your feet. While smelly feet are embarrassing, there are ways to treat it. Changing your shoes and socks daily, along with washing your feet can help prevent and control foot odor. Another treatment that is effective and relaxing involves soaking your feet in a soothing tea bath.
How to Treat Your Feet to a Tea Bath
Soaking your feet in tea is a safe and effective way to control foot odor. Tea contains tannins which can help dry oil and excess moisture from your skin, and prevent odor causing fungus and bacteria from forming. A tea bath can also help soothe aching muscles and tendons, and it is also incredibly easy to set up.
- 3 to 4 tea bags
- Antibacterial soap
- Warm water
- Foot spa or large basin
Many of the foot spas on the market can be used to make a tea bath, but it is important to read the instructions before starting. You can also use a bowl simply make sure it is large enough to hold the water and your feet.
There is a recipe in the “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies” that calls three to four tea bags and a quart of water. The tea bags should be boiled for around 10 minutes for maximum results.
While you are waiting for the tea bags to finish boiling, take a few minutes to thoroughly wash and dry your feet. Make sure that you get in between your toes, and also along the top, heel and sides.
Once the tea is finished boiling pour it into the foot spa or bowl. It is important to remember that the tea will be hot, and it can cause painful burns if it is spilled on your skin. Most health care experts recommend letting it cool for 15 minutes or so before soaking your feet. 20 to 30 minutes in the warm water is usually enough time to soothe your aching feet and dry out your skin.
When you are finished soaking your feet dry off thoroughly without rinsing. The tannin’s will continue to work to prevent bacteria and fungus from forming on your skin. To completely remove foot odor soak your feet twice a day in a tea bath, and once the smell is no longer noticeable you can cut back to twice a week.
Tea baths are generally considered safe, but it is always recommended that you check with your health care provider before starting any new treatment. This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or have a circulation problem.