Do you know those days when you feel like you have been on your feet ALL day? I have those days and my feet can ache from all the standing, walking and flexing they have done. Good shoes can definitely help with long days on the feet, but I still want to soothe my feet at the end of the day. So I headed to the kitchen and whipped up this yummy summer foot soak to pamper my feet and help them feel better after those long days.
This multi-purpose foot soak is awesome because it can be bagged in the Heat Sealable Tea Bags for easy tub or foot bath clean up. It can also be left loose, mixed with a little water to make a paste and then used like a mask. Either way you use it, your feet will be treated to a little luxury!
Let’s head off to the blog kitchen and make a batch together!
Collect needed items:
Small Heat & Seal Tea Bags
Mixing Bowl or Bucket
Coffee Grinder or Mortar & Pestle
Recipe: (Makes 3.52 ounces or 100 grams))
|Recipe in ounces:
1.06 ounces Oatmeal
0.81 ounces Peppermint Leaves
0.53 ounces Natrasorb
0.53 ounces Milk Powder
0.46 ounces Calendula Petals
0.10 ounces Hydrovance
0.03 ounces Mokalata Fragrance
|Recipe in grams:
30 grams Oatmeal
23 grams Peppermint Leaves
15 grams Natrasorb
15 grams Milk Powder
13 grams Calendula Petals
3 grams Hydrovance
1 gram Mokalata Fragrance
|Recipe in Percentages
23% Peppermint Leaves
15% Milk Powder
13% Calendula Petals
1% Mokalata Fragrance
Weigh all the dry ingredients except the Natrasorb into a mixing bucket or bag. Weigh the Hydrovance and Mokalata fragrance and add to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Weigh the Natrasorb and add the the mixture and mix again. After the ingredients have been completely mixed together, fill each small Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 2 teaspoons of the foot soak mixture. Seal with the iron.
Notes: This recipe filled 27 Small Heat & Seal Tea Bags.
Why did I use a coffee grinder? I didn’t want to deal with whole oats or Calendula Petals, because my previous experiences have taught me that having a combination of large and small ingredients meant my soak would not mix together easily. I like making things easy, so I pulled out my soap kitchen botanical (ehm, coffee) grinder. This trusty grinder has a blade and a small cup so I can only grind small amounts of botanicals at a time. If you want to make larger batches at a time of finely ground botanicals, I would recommend using a food processor or blender.
Why did I choose the ingredients that I used? Let’s talk about them and why I picked these ingredients!
Oatmeal: I think oatmeal adds a soothing feel to any bath product. It seems that oats give a body to any product that makes that product feel luxurious.
Peppermint Leaves: Since I’m making a foot product, I wanted to use something that would give a cooling sensation to the feet. The peppermint leaves give that sensation without the strong irritation that could happen with Menthol Crystals or Peppermint Essential Oil.
Natrasorb: 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 mixture lighter so the bags wouldn’t feel like there were pebbles inside!
Milk Powder: I added Milk Powder because I think milk is a great skin soother. I’m not sure if it is all in my head or not, but I enjoy milk baths and soaks!
Calendula Petals: I chose Calendula because it is noted for anti-inflammatory properties as well as it’s ability to combat dry, rough, and scaly skin. (That sounds like my feet.)
Hydrovance: I added Hydrovance as a humectant. The goal is to treat the feet by helping them retain the moisture from the foot soak.
Mokalata Fragrance: I wanted a fragrance that would compliment the scents of the botanicals. It did and this foot soak smells so good!
I hope I’ve inspired you to try a foot soak! If you don’t have all of these ingredients in your cupboard, let’s formulate something just for you.