With all the long hours (and thousands of foot steps according to my Fitbit HR – affiliate link) that I’ve been putting in at the salon, my feet have been in desperate need of some TLC. I’m such a go-go-go person that I don’t tend to take time to soak in a tub at the end of the day. If my computer were waterproof I’d probably do it more, but as it is, I find it hard enough to get through most of my to-do list, much less, take time for pampering (which probably means I need it more than ever). Sometimes I like to compromise by soaking my feet – that way, I can still have my laptop with me and be working, but my feet are simultaneously relaxing – I guess I’m just a compulsive multi-tasker!
Remember I told you I had an extra use for the flowers from this post? Here it is! If I’m taking the time to soak my feet, I really like to make the process special without adding a bunch of extra effort (after all – I don’t have the time for that)! Few things say “special” to me like flowers floating in water – it’s an incredibly simple touch that really elevates the entire experience. It’s purely an aesthetic addition, but I think it’s totally worth it! Simply snip the stems off a few blooms, and voila, instant spa getaway!
To this I add my favorite homemade foot soak – it’s a simple recipe that mixes up easily and quickly so I can almost always have it on hand, and it makes a great gift too!
Here’s what you need: Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Lavender Flowers, Rosemary, and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil (affiliate links). I add the Tea Tree Oil to the water directly, not to the mix. The oil is optional but I like it’s antifungal properties so I add it.
- 2 c Epsom Salt
- 3 T Baking Soda
- 2 T Lavender Flowers
- 2 T Rosemary Leaves, chopped
- Jar for storage
- Cheese cloth or other fabric
- a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in the water
- Combine Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Lavender Flowers and Rosemary Leaves in a bowl. Gently stir then pour into a jar to store.
- Cut a medium size piece of cheese cloth and fold into quarters. Place over top of jar and tie with ribbon.
- Wait to add Tea Tree Oil directly to the water rather than in the mix.
You could just sprinkle this mix straight into the water but the lavender and rosemary leaves could clog up your drain so I like to use a cheese cloth to gather it all up (kinda like a bouquet-garni for my feet).
It wraps up very easily and the cloth and ribbon can be used again and again (just lay the cloth flat to dry between uses).
When giving it as a gift, I like to attach a little homemade tag to the ribbon and add a flourish of a single bloom and a sprig of rosemary. Sweet and soothing.
My toes have never been happier!!
I hope you are inspired to stir up your own batch. Your feet will thank you!
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