I have a must-make winter spa foot soak. Seriously…you need to make this! It is soothing, relaxing, and smells like a spearmint dream. Not only does it smell great and feel wonderful, but it’s easy to throw together even if you are short on time. I was going to share a recipe for tapioca yesterday, but I ended up with a runny, curdled mess. I should have known not to proceed with my recipe after my glass bowl on my double boiler cracked. It was a sign that I didn’t listen to! Ha! I don’t normally have such bad luck with making recipes, so as you can imagine I was a little bent out of shape, considering the time and six cups of milk I wasted. Ugh! I figured after that mess I could use a little spa restoration and a project that was a no fail.
Spearmint Foot Soak
10 c. hot water
1/3 c. Epsom salt
10 drops spearmint essential oil
1 handful fresh mint leaves
All you have to do is get a big bucket that fits your feet, add the hot water and then stir in the essential oil, Epsom salt, and mint leaves. The aroma is out-of-this-world amazing. Instantly revitalizing and soothing all in one, your feet won’t know what hit them. This would be the perfect addition to a weekly routine to refresh your tired feet after a long day or week of standing. I let my feet soak for about 30 minutes. It felt so good to wiggle my feet around flexing and extending them in the warm water. I would take one foot and press some of the fresh mint leaves into my other foot to release some of the oils right onto my skin. Afterwards I towel dried my feet and rubbed in a hydrating lotion. You could even take it a step further and have a fresh towel just out of the dryer that is still warm. If you are doing a home spa experience, you might as well go all the way!
I don’t have a pumice stone right now, but that would have come in handy after a long foot soak. It’s easy to get super dry and callused feet during the winter months. Doing this treatment a few times a week will keep your feet singing all the way into summer. It can lift your spirit even in the dreariest of winter weather.
Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)
– Can help reduce inflammation of sore aching muscles
– The sulfates help soothe itchy or irritated skin
– Can been used to relieve mild constipation
– Exfoliates skin, removing dead skin cells and softening pesky calluses
– When used with warm water it brings freshly oxygenated blood to provide nutrients for healing and repair
– Provides stress relieving measures thought to come from the magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure and promotes a well functioning nervous system
Spearmint Essential Oil & Mint Leaves
– Eating mint and drinking mint teas can soothe an upset stomach and digestive tract
– Provides a cooling sensation that soothes irritated skin
– May possibly help cleanse the body by removing toxins
– The scent is both refreshing and soothing to combat stress
The next time you want to relax at home, pull out a big bowl and indulge in a fabulous foot soak. You can toss it together in a matter of minutes and benefit from its lasting relaxation effects. I like mixing it all together with my hands so I can smell the hint of mint on them along with the vapors coming up from the bath itself. My only qualm about this foot soak was that I wanted a whole bathtub full of this mixture to immerse myself in. I couldn’t get enough of the minty freshness! Who would have thought something so simple could have such a lasting relaxation effect? Enjoy!
Looking for another similar spa treatment for your feet? Try this Winter Mint Foot Soak!
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