I have bare feet a lot of the time. For yoga, of course, but also just to walk around the house. As a treat to myself I will take my shoes as I walk on Portobello beach or through the Edinburgh meadows grass. I love that feel of the physical ground beneath my feel. It is somehow nourishing and feels childlike, carefree and connected. There is a whole barefoot movement out there:- http://www.barefooters.org/index.html and lots of evidence and theories of why it is so good for you, but mainly I just love the feel of it.
All this exposure means my feet need some tlc. So here is how to look after your feet with homemade polish which is chemical free, really cheap and so good for you!
1 - Fill an old jam jar 1/3 full of sugar or salt. This will be the abrasive which will get rid of the dead skin leaving your feet super smooth. You can experiment with adding different size crystals from rock salt to caster sugar depending of how you prefer the texture.
2 - Pour over oil (could be olive or almond or sunflower or whatever you prefer, I am currently using rapeseed) to just over the sugar/salt line. Oiling your feet is really nourishing for the skin and soothing for the mind, as there are many nerve endings in the feet. It is an age old ayuredic practice. This link will give you more info on this and what oil is the best one for your to use depending on your dosha (constituency).
3 - Add your favorite essential oil, perhaps tea tree or lavender, so that your feet will smell nice as well as being beautiful too.
4 - Use the scrub in the shower, massaging it in to your feet a few times a week.
Let me know how you get on!
Kristina is a Yoga teacher and artist who lives in Braunton, North Devon with her husband, two children and a cat.