Dec 22 11
by cara
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Peppermint and Lemon Foot Soak

Yesterday was a busy day of baking cookies, painting salt dough ornaments, working on the nursery, a trip to Target, and wrapping Christmas presents late into the night.  As a result, blogging got put on the back-burner yesterday (and I was on such a roll with posting!)  I think it’s going to be go, go, go around here for the next few weeks (and then some!).  On the agenda for today: get old car(s) (yes, plural) tuned up, washed and vacuumed in preparation for trading them in tomorrow (new car day!!!), write thank you notes for baby gifts received, do some deep cleaning around the house, work on the nursery, and finish (and deliver?) a few handmade gifts.  Whew!  It’s good thing The Littlest Apple is spending the day (and night) with my parents.

Now that The Littlest Apple is out of school for the Christmas break, I can share this great Foot Soak I made for his preschool teachers.  I’ve created homemade scrubs before (for Mother’s Day), but this gift idea caught my eye on Pinterest because it was a foot soak, not a scrub, and included peppermint tea.  Also, it wasn’t super oily like lots of other scrubs.  Teachers who are on their feet all day herding preschoolers deserve something luxurious and refreshing to soak their tired feet in at the end of the day, don’t you think?!  (Not a bad idea for pregnant women either, so I made myself a batch too!)  This soak was amazingly easy to make, and The Littlest Apple enjoyed helping me stir together the ingredients.  I packaged it in these jars that I just love (I bought some of mine at Garden Ridge Pottery and some at Hobby Lobby), and kept my labeling and ribboning to a minimum (mostly because I made about 10 of these and got burnt out by the ribboning stage).

I paired the foot soak with a Rice Heat Therapy Pack containing eucalyptus essential oils, also hand sewn by me.  Yes, 10 of them.  I’m glad to have that marked off my To Do list!  I found a super cute fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby, and I’m already itching to use it for myself somehow.

I’m kicking myself for not getting any better pictures of this stuff for you.  The pictures I do have were taken at night and are pretty awful.

Peppermint and Lemon Foot Soak

recipe from Or So She Says…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sea salt (a great alternative would be Kosher salt)
  • 1 cup Epsom salt (usually found in the personal care/pharmacy aisle)
  • 2 Tbsp peppermint tea (Be careful not to confuse this with “peppermint flavored” tea: the tea should be 100% peppermint leaves. Tip: if you can’t find it in bulk, buy a box of tea-bags, cut them open and measure!)
  • 4 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 3 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Combine the sea salt and Epsom salt in your mixing bowl. When the two salts are completely blended, add olive oil, peppermint extract and lemon extract. Stir each time you add an ingredient, making sure to break apart any large chunks of salt with your spoon. Once these liquid ingredients have been fully incorporated, your salt mixture will look like moist sand (and it will smell pretty good too!). Now it’s time to add the cornstarch and baking soda. Again, blend thoroughly, breaking apart any large clumps of baking soda or salt.  Almost done! Now add the final ingredient – the peppermint leaves. (I add this last, because I’ve found that adding them early in the process causes the leaves to bruise and give off their green color to the salt.) Stir the leaves in until they are fully blended with the salt mixture. Go ahead and take a deep breath while you’re at it – it should have a very refreshing scent!

At this point, if you’re planning on keeping the foot soak for yourself, store it in an air-tight container so it stays fresh. If the container is not air-tight, the beautiful aroma of the extracts and the peppermint leaves will fade. (The soak will still be useful, just not as charming!)

Instructions for Use: Fill a small basin with warm water and stir in ¼ to ½ cup of foot soak. Stir it to dissolve the salts, and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Ahhhh…

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