Not so long ago, Celtic druids made their wands from oak, a symbol of endurance and strength. They didn’t appreciate oak trees just for their tool-making, but also performed religious rites in oak groves and listened to the trees for divine messages. Back to the here and now, celestial rumor has it that oak bark is still good for a bit of magic: a soothing oak foot bath will be a welcome relief for your sweaty feet! Oak’s superpowers include being an antiperspirant, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and astringent; and alleviates itching.


  • 3 tablespoons oak bark
  • 4 cups cold water


Bring the oak bark and water to the boil in a pot. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes on very low heat. Prepare a foot bath with warm water, and add the strained oak infusion to the bath. Enjoy for 20–30 minutes, then dry your feet and apply one of your homemade creams to complete the pampering session.

As featured in the Autumn 2017 edition of Beekman 1802 Almanac. For more check out All Natural Beauty: Organic & Homemade Beauty Products by Karin Berndl and Nici Hoffer.

by Josh and Brent

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