Hibiscus Foot Soak

The hibiscus plant and flowers have been used in China and India as a traditional medicine, tea and even shoe polish for a long time. The hibiscus has been noted in Chinese history by depictions of the plant on porcelain pottery from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and when it was planted along the fortress walls protecting Chengdu between 907-960 AD. The fortress walls were torn down during the 1960s, but Chengdu retains its name of “The City of Hibiscus”.

Hibiscus tea has been one of my favorite teas when I’m settling down for the evening to relax. Since I find hibiscus tea so relaxing, I decided to make a foot soak with it. Let’s look at all the ingredients.

I wanted to make this foot soak a special pampering treat, so I added HoneyQuat to the formula as a humectant. The goal is to treat the feet by helping them retain the moisture from the foot soak.

Since hibiscus was the inspiration for this post, I put dried tea grade hibiscus flowers in a blender and ground them to a fine powder. While you may not be able to easily get whole or partial hibiscus flowers, you can powder hibiscus teas like the Natural Hibiscus Tea from The Republic of Tea. Maybe if enough people ask, the Purchasing Team can see what it would take to carry a Hibiscus additive. ;)

Natrasorb helps carry fragrances and other liquid additives so this was a great ingredient to add to help give the foot soak volume. It also made the tub tea lighter so the bags wouldn’t feel like there were pebbles inside!

I really like the soothing feel that Oat Flour contributes to a bath or foot soak. Oats contain proteins that help our skin when irritated or when needing a touch of luxury.

Personally, I feel that a tub tea or foot soak is incomplete without Milk Powder. I mean, if Cleopatra bathed in the stuff on a regular basis to keep her skin fresh in the Egyptian desert, then what better excuse to use milk? No matter the reason, I’m a fan of milk powder!

Calendula has been used for a long time to fight rough and scaly skin and for its anti-inflammatory properties. To pamper feet, what better way that to use a botanical that has been known to help skin?

We used several different fragrances in the production of samples for shipping. The fragrances we used were Polynesian Red, Hibiscus Passion, and Ginger Pomelo.

Lets go make this foot soak!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
HoneyQuat
Hibiscus Flowers, finely ground
Natrasorb
Oatmeal, finely ground
Milk Powder
Calendula Petals, finely ground
Fragrance of your choice: We used Polynesian Red, Hibiscus Passion, and Ginger Pomelo
Equipment
Small Heat & Seal Tea Bags
Mixing Bowl or Bucket
Coffee Grinder or Mortar & Pestle
Spoons
Scale
Iron

Recipe: (Makes 3.5 ounces or 100 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
0.11 ounces HoneyQuat
0.81 ounces Hibiscus Flowers, finely ground
0.53 ounces Natrasorb
1.05 ounces Oatmeal, finely ground
0.53 ounces Milk Powder
0.46 ounces Calendula Petals, finely ground
0.04 ounces Fragrance of Choice
Recipe in grams:
3 grams HoneyQuat
23 grams Hibiscus Flowers, finely ground
15 grams Natrasorb
30 grams Oatmeal, finely ground
15 grams Milk Powder
13 grams Calendula Petals, finely ground
1 grams Fragrance of Choice
Recipe in Percentages
3% HoneyQuat
23% Hibiscus Flowers, finely ground
15% Natrasorb
30% Oatmeal, finely ground
15% Milk Powder
13% Calendula Petals, finely ground
1% Fragrance of Choice

Weigh all the dry ingredients into a mixing bucket or bag. Weigh the HoneyQuat and fragrance into a beaker and then add to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. After the ingredients have been completely mixed together, fill each small Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 tablespoon of the foot soak mixture. Seal with the iron.

Notes: This recipe filled 23 Small Heat & Seal Tea Bags.

A sample of the foot soak in water.

Weighing ingredients.

Weighing fragrance and HoneyQuat

Mixing the ingredients.

Filling Heat Sealable Tea Bags.

Sealed tea bag.

Completely finished tea bags.

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23 Comments

  • Carmen says:

    Andee! How timely! I just ordered some hibiscus tea from MMS. :) Now, I can’t wait to order the hibiscus for a soothing foot soak! Yes, I would be interested in the hibiscus additive. Purchasing team….are you listening? :) Thanks for the great recipe!

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  • andrea says:

    FUN! Thanks for this great idea :)

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  • Christine says:

    what kind of additive would we be talking about? a powder? or an extract?

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    • Andee says:

      Christine,
      We are up for suggestions. I had considered a powder but if an extract is wanted, I can ask.
      Andee

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  • Julie says:

    Now that it has cooled off, I can’t wait to play with lip balm recipes this weekend!

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  • Valerie says:

    Is the picture of the ‘sample of the foot soak in water’ the color hibiscus makes? I wonder if you could use hibiscus as a colorant in soaps?

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    • Andee says:

      Valerie,
      Hibiscus colors water a red to light pink depending on the heat and amount of hibiscus to water. Unfortunately, Hibiscus will just turn brown in soaps due to the alkaline environment. I had wanted it to stay pink too!

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  • birdies says:

    I love honeyquat. I add it to my hair
    conditioner. Now I’ll some another use for it…
    Thanks!

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  • Leilani says:

    I like to soak my feet in Epsom salts, with a few drops of tea tree and peppermint essential oil. But this looks wonderful for a change, sounds like it would be more softening.

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  • Anne-Marie Faiola says:

    What a great recipe! Thanks for the idea. :)

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  • Dennise says:

    Oh this is perfect! I’m making some spa baskets for Christmas, and I have a few people who don’t have bath tubs – just shower stalls. This would be perfect! Who doesn’t have a giant bowl to use for a foot soak?!!

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  • LuAnn says:

    I would love to see hibiscus in a liquid extract, then it would be easy to add to lotions!
    So, I’ve never used Natrasorb before, I noticed it says you can use it in bath bombs. Would you use it to replace another ingredient, or just add it to your usual recipes? Thanks!

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    • Andee says:

      LuAnn,
      I wouldn’t necessarily replace another ingredient with Natrasorb. I would use it to help reduce the overall percentages of the other ingredients. I’ll work with the rest of the team and see if we can blog about Natrasorb in bath bombs.

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  • This sounds amazing! HoneyQuat is something I’ve been eying for a while. I’ve been really interested in trying it. Does it at all have a sweet honey like smell in a soak, scrub, or lotion? I’ve heard by itself self it doesn’t smell like honey till activated in something.

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  • Terry says:

    This sounds yummy for my feet. How many small sealed tea bags would you use?

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  • Marjorie says:

    Thank you for the sample. It came with fragrance oil order today. This may sound silly to most of you but I have never used a foot soak or had a pedicure. I do love a nice hot bath tho…….. Can I just add the ‘tea bag’ to my bath?

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    • Andee says:

      Absolutely! There isn’t anything that prevents you from using this as a tub soak. Enjoy!

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  • [...] I worked on the Hibiscus Foot Soak, I was inspired by my own comment about Milk Powder and Cleopatra. I’ve added the quote below [...]

  • Jennifer Gale says:

    I just got one of the Ginger Pomelo bags in my order yesterday. Wow, does it smell pretty! I may have to work in a home pedicure this weekend!

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  • Naomi says:

    I received my first order from MMS today. Thank you for the foot soak sample. How do I use it? I am excited to begin making my own natural lip balm. I recently found out I am allergic to oral mint, menthol and some of the other ingredients they put in commercial chap sticks and balms, so I have been off all lip products and I really miss it. I ordered a Mango Mango Lip Solutions Kit so I have everything I need, but I would like to add some Aloe Vera Gel to my balms when I make them. Any suggestions as to how much? Also, I want to only make a few jars at first to make sure my lips tolerate it (I’m a little gun shy). How much lip solutions, flavor oil, and aloe vera gel should I use to make 5 jars? Thanks for helping out this newby.

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    • Andee says:

      Aloe Vera Gel is water soluble. Please do not add it to your lip balm. If you would like aloe in your lip balm I would like to suggest our Aloe Extract, this is oil soluble. I would suggest 2% aloe to be added.

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  • sandman_max says:

    I got a sample too. The fragrance is wonderful. Is it a blend of the 3 FOs you mentioned or were there samples made with each fragrance individually?

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    • Andee says:

      Each sample was scented with one of the three fragrances. The label on your sample should note which scent you received.

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