I caught a glimpse of summer last week! I peeked into my beehives and strolled the property dreaming about my summer gardens. The weather was warm and the sun was bright – but my feet… not so much! My heels tend to dry out a little and although I usually keep them in check with regular use of a pumice stone, I do find it’s easy to slack, and that I have. It’s ok really, because it inspired me to craft up some fun herbal goodies to help lift those lil piggies out of their winter gloom…
The methods below are external treatments designed to help buff up and nourish your feet back to their beautiful selves, but it also gives you a great opportunity to slow down, calm down, and collect yourself. So, enjoy the process of pampering your body, mind, and soul – at least just a little anyway!
1. Softening Marshmallow mint foot soak
Take this opportunity to truly relax! Herbal foot soaks are for more than just your feet. Yes, they will soften and soothe your skin, but they are also wonderful for stress or anxiety and can really assist in rejuvenating your mind and body.
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 cup of herb mix
- 1/4 cup peppermint – cooling & refreshing, calms and soothes inflammation
- 1/4 cup marshmallow – softens hardened skin, lubricates, soothes, and heals
- 1/4 cup calendula – soothing, healing, aids in skin repair and regeneration, anti-fungal
- 1/8 cup rose – slightly astringent, calming to irritated skin
- 1/8 cup lavender- relaxing, calming, healing, skin restoring
To Make: Bring the water to a boil and add all of your herbs. When cooled just enough to handle pour into your foot basin. You can strain out the herbs if you wish, but I like to keep them!
To Use: Relax and soak your feet for at least 10-15 minutes. Before finishing your soak, grab your salt scrub!
2. lemon rose Sea Salt scrub
Sea salt is fairly abrasive and is best used on rough and non-sensitive areas. You might want to stay away from using it on open wounds… stings a little. Consider substituting with sugar for a milder scrub. The alpha-hydroxy acid from the lemon juice gently aides in chemical exfoliation by breaking down the substance that holds dead cells to your skin.
- 1 cup fine sea salt – I like to pulse it in a blender
- 2 tbsp calendula infused olive oil (read about how to make it here)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Grated peel of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp crushed rose petals
To Make: Mix all ingredients evenly.
To Use: Scoop out as needed and massage into the rough patches on your feet for 1-2 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry.
3. marshmallow calendula Foot Salve
Lastly, load your feet up with this densely nourishing, herbal infused foot balm. It’s thick, buttery, and loaded with love for your feet (and any other areas that need intense nourishing) !
- 1 oz shea butter
- .5 oz cocoa butter
- 3 oz calendula infused oil (read about how to make it here)
- 3 oz marshmallow root infused oil – Follow the directions for calendula oil but replace the calendula with marshmallow root
- 1 oz beeswax
- 30 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
To Make: Combine all ingredients and warm in a double boiler until melted. Stir well and pour into a jar to let cool.
To Use: Apply generously all over feet, massaging deeply into your heels and other problem areas. cover your feet with socks and allow the butters to work their magic! I recommend applying this salve at least twice per day.
Remember to slow down and enjoy the process!
*The Marshmallow Calendula salve is available for sale in my Etsy Shop!