How to Make a Geranium Oil Foot Soak for Athlete’s Foot

Bothered by itchy, flaky athlete’s foot? Before reaching for the chemical treatments found in most drug stores, give nature a chance to fix your athlete’s foot. Holistic and herbal treatments are not only effective, but are inexpensive and gentler to your body than chemical-laden products.

One such herbal treatment for athlete’s foot is a geranium oil foot bath. Why use geranium for athlete’s foot? Geranium has germ killing properties, is naturally anti-bacterial and kills bacteria on contact.

So how do you use a geranium soak for athlete’s foot?

A large bowl of warm water, or a shallow basin filled with warm water
½ cup epsom salt
7-10 drops of geranium oil

Step 1: Fill your bowl or basin with warm water. Make sure that the water is not so hot as to irritate your skin. A warm bath temperature works best, and is very soothing for your feet.

Step 2: Add the epsom salt and geranium oil to the water. Stir until the salt is dissolved.

Step 3: Soak your feet in the warm geranium solution for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: Dry feet well, and make sure to pay special attention to drying between your toes. Since athlete’s foot bacteria thrive in warm, damp places (such as between your toes), you want to keep your feet as dry as possible. Sprinkle some powder between your toes, or rub a little oil-diluted geranium oil between toes to keep the moisture away.

This recipe makes enough for one geranium foot soak treatment and will clear up even the worst athlete’s foot. As an added bonus, your feet will smell amazing!


Prabuseenivasan, S., Jayakumar, M., Ignacimuthu, S. (2006). In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine . 6:39.

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