How to Get a Natural Pedicure {+ Ginger Peppermint Foot Scrub Recipe for Tired and Painful Feet}

I haven’t had a pedicure since before my son was born. He is two years old! No, don’t feel sorry for me, I treat my tootsies to soothing and natural pedicures done by me. If you know of any salon that does ALL NATURAL pedicures let me know, but I’ve yet to find one!

It is great to get pampered with a pedicure but it is extra special if you have been on your feet all day and have swollen or painful feet.
I have included a foot scrub recipe at the bottom that is good for anyone but particularly for those suffering with painful feet. 
Why would you want to avoid a pedicure?
  • Most products such as lotions and nail polish used by conventional salon contain toxic chemicals. (Read here and here my posts on the dangers of chemicals in personal care products.)
  • Tools and equipment used pose the risk of bacterial and fungal infections due to repeated use and unsuccessful sterilization. (source)
  • It is expensive!

It is very simple to do your own natural pedicures; all it takes is 6 simple steps and all you need is probably already in your kitchen and in your bathroom! 

Natural Pedicure in 5 Simple Steps
  1. Soak your feet. Fill a basin or a large bowl (that you don’t use in the kitchen!) with warm water and 1 cup of raw apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root . Soak for 15 minutes to soften up skin. Dispose of water and refill with clean warm water.
  2. Wash. Add a few drops of a liquid castille soap or any other natural liquid soap to water and submerge feet.
  3. Exfoliate. Use a natural scrub such as the one below and thoroughly work the scrub massaging your feet in circular motion. Use a pumice stone to remove any hard skin if needed.
  4. Trim. Using a toenail clipper cut nails. Then, using a cuticle pusher push back the cuticles, (cuting the cuticles is not recommended) lastly, file nails.
  5. Moisturize. Dry feet and use about a teaspoon of pure coconut oil and massage into feet and calves.
  6. Paint toenails. Use a nail polish that is free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde. (Check the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database to check if the brand you have contain any of the toxic chemicals I just mentioned.)

Ginger Peppermint Salt Foot Scrub

by Naturally Mindful
  • 1/2 cup Epson Salts
  • 1 tbs sea salt (finely ground)
  • 2 tsp of freshly grated ginger root (one for soak, one for foot scrub)
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil (or any other carrier oil like olive, almond, etc)
  • 4 drops of pure peppermint essential oil
Add all ingredients into a small resealable container (I used a 4 oz Ball jelly jar). Gently mixed all ingredients together.

Why These Ingredients?

Apple cider vinegar besides working amazingly well at removing dead skin and leaving it soft, is a natural remedy for athlete’s foot, fungus, and smelly feet.
Epson Salts, I learned from listening to Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, about the benefits of adding topical magnesium to one’s personal care. Here is a post by The Coconut Mama on why we need magnesium and ways to get more of it.  Epson Salts are also used to treat painful joints and muscles as well.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties making it the perfect remedy for painful joints. Ginger oil is used in Japan to massage the body to alleviate joint and spinal problems.  
Peppermint essential oil is traditionally used to treat tendonitis and arthritis pain as well. It is also use in aromatherapy to invigorate the body. (You can read here a post by Denise in Bloom on other uses for peppermint essential oil.)

Do you make your own scrubs? What do you use? 
Do you have a favorite brand of nontoxic nail poslish?

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.


  1. Thank you so much for linking to me, I am going to share this on my FB page today!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting! I’ll try it 😉

  3. Amazing results! Super easy to do and honestly my feet have never been softer. Def recommended 🙂

  4. This foot soak sounds so good !!!!

  5. This foot soak sounds soooooo great !!

  6. Can you substitute ginger oil for the fresh ginger in the foot soak portion. Just wondering in case I decide to make it for someone as a gift. Thanks

  7. Loved it! Best part is if you’re planning on giving it away as a gift, try spooning it into an ordinary Mason jar. 🙂

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