Give yourself beautiful feet at home with this DIY Peppermint Foot Soak. A few simple ingredients is all you need to creat a luxurious spa pedicure experience without the spa price. Plus, no one else has to touch your feet. Let's do it.
Today is the last day of school where I work. Now, it's true that we haven't actually been in the school since the 20th of March, but the kids don't have to do any work, and the teachers don't have to keep figuring out how to teach from their living rooms. I'm not a teacher, so I'll still be working form my living room, but that's definitely better than sitting in a mostly empty school by myself.
We've been having an absolutely splendid spring here in Scotland, even though we haven't been able to get out and enjoy it. Summer promises at least a few more days of sun, but you just never know how much we're going to get. I like to wear my summery dresses and sandals any chance I get, which means I need to tend to my feet.
All the nail shops are still closed here, but even when they're open, I often have more important things to spend my money on than a fancy spa pedicure. I was flipping through one of my Essential Oils books the other day, and I discovered I had everything I needed to make a Peppermint Foot Soak. I was all over it because my feet were a disaster.
How to make Peppermint Foot Soak
The first thing you'll want to do is put a kettle on to boil. We're essentially going to make peppermint tea. You can add about a tablespoon of dried mint to a tea strainer or just add it to a measuring cup and strain it out at the end. And honestly, you've probably had much worse on your feet than a few bits of mint leaves. Let the mint leaves steep in about two cups of recently boiled water for about 10 minutes.
While that's going, you can add a couple drops lemon and peppermint essential oils to a tablespoon of Epsom salt. Stir this together with a fork to mix the oils in with the salt.
Once your peppermint infusion is ready, add it to a big bowl or pot that you can comfortably fit both your feet in. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey and stir those in. Finally stir in the salt mixture.
You'll probably need to top up your bowl with some warm water to cover your feet. Obviosly, make sure the temperature is safe before plunging both your feet all the way in. Then all that's left to do is sit back and relax for as long as you like. Don't forget to breathe deep as well. Peppermint and lemon are both great mood lifters.
Continue the experience by thoroughly exfoliating your feet after they've soaked. Massage in your favorite lotion, and paint your toe nails in your favorite color if you're into that. It's amost as good as the real thing.
It's okay to take care of yourself, friend. In fact, I highly recommend it. If you don't want to invest in essential oils, you could leave them out. Just don't skip this little bit of self-care. It's gonna be awesome.Print
Peppermint Foot Soak
Homemade Peppermint Foot Soak for a relaxing at home pedicure.
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 treatment 1x
- Category: Beauty
- Method: Boiled
- 2 cups water, just boiled
- 1 tablespoon dried mint
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
- 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Add your dried mint to two cups of just boiled water. Allow the mint to infuse the water for about 10 minutes.
- In a separate small dish, add the essential oils and salt and stir with a fork to combine.
- Strain your peppermint infusion into a large bowl or other vessel that you'll later be able to soak your feet in. Stir in the vinegar and honey to dissolve.
- Stir in the salt and oil mixture. Add enough warm water to cover your feet.
- When the water has reached a safe temperature, soak your feet for at least 10 minutes.
Keywords: Natural Beauty, Pedicure
Recipe adapted from Neal's Yard Remedies Essential Oils by Susan Curtis, Pat Thomas, and Fran Johnson.