Yes, we’ve made it our finale, part 4, and just in time for an upcoming special day. Valentine’s Day, for me a celebration of love in all forms, is right around the corner. Here are 3 simple and quick ways to pamper your feet and those of your loved ones.
1) Foot Soak. I’ve tried and made so many foot soaks, from simple to elaborate, and this is what I’ve found what works best. Add 1/2 – 1 cup of salt (epsom, himalayan, sea salt, etc.) to hot water in a basin. Then add a handful of herbs (chamomile, lavender, rose, comfrey, sage, rosemary — your choice!) to the hot water. Then add cold water at the end to your temperature preference.
For extra pampering, add 1/2 teaspoon of olive, sweet oil, or coconut oil, and relaxing, antiseptic, or refreshing essential oils like lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, or grapefruit. I adore the following three blends: lavender-tea tree, eucalyptus-peppermint, and lemon-rosemary. After your 10-15-minute soak, scrub heels and bottom of feet with a pumice sponge like this one (I get mine for $1 at my local dollar store), and then proceed to more enjoyment, treatment number 2.
2) Foot Scrub. Easy-peasy. Mix 1/4 cup of epsom or sea salt, or even sugar (coarser grain is better) with 1/8 cup of olive oil. Mix in peppermint and/or rosemary essential oil (3-4 drops each) and 1-2 teaspoons crushed peppermint leaves (quick tip: cut open and use the peppermint/herbs of 1 tea bag). Scrub your presoaked feet to get rid of dead skin and to moisturize all in one. This recipe will yield enough scrub for 2-3 pairs of feet. Make it a party.
3) Foot massage. Mix extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons) with 2 drops each of lavender and peppermint essential oils. Enjoy a massage, a fantastic finish to your foot treatment bliss!
What’s your favorite way to pamper your feet?