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A Refreshing Treatment for Tired Feet

A Refreshing Treatment for Tired Feet

Whether you’ve been pounding the city pavement to chase after cherry blossoms or crouching in the garden to harvest your garlic scapes, your feet have been doing most of the work. Reward them with this natural soak.

Photographs by Erin Boyle.

Above: This herbal foot soak is as refreshing as it is easy to prepare.

Above: Epsom salts are the main ingredient in this soak. Do a little digging and you’ll realize that more than just being useful, they’re something of a miracle maker. Sometimes used as an amendment in garden beds, Epsom salts have therapeutic benefits for you as well. They draw toxins out of the body and give relief to achy muscles and joints. Erin used about a cup for her soak.

Above: Peppermint, lemon, and rose petals are all known for their revitalizing and refreshing properties.  Erin used a handful each of rose and peppermint leaves, and a few rounds of fresh lemon. If you don’t have fresh ingredients at home, or if you want to enhance the scent of the soak, you can add essential oils instead.

Above: After you’ve added a cup of Epsom salts and your fresh ingredients to your basin, fill it up with warm water. Stir the mixture until the Epsom salts are dissolved. At this stage, you can also add a few drops of sweet almond oil to help moisturize.

Above: You can make this foot soak in a stoppered bathtub if you don’t have a wash basin, but there’s something awfully luxurious about being able to sit on the couch and get a good soak while watching a favorite movie. Erin found her enamel basin at a local shop; there are similar vintage options for sale on Etsy including a White Enamel Basin Tub; $16.95 from Summer Holiday Vintage.

Above: A good foot soak lasts for at least 20 minutes. When you’re done soaking, strain the water and compost the herbal materials. Now, that felt good, didn’t it?

For more natural DIY beauty treatments from Gardenista, see DIY: A Beauty Mask Made From Flowers.

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3:18AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

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12:17AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

I have neuropathy in my feet and sometimes a good foot soak is exactly what they need. Thanks!

4:12AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thank you Gardenista, for Sharing this!

7:02PM PDT on May 21, 2013

thank you for the article, will try it out one day

12:10AM PDT on May 19, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:10PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing! I will have to try some of these!

9:56AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thank you for this information. I know now my feet are going to be very happy.

8:55AM PDT on May 11, 2013


4:49AM PDT on May 11, 2013

True. A good foot soak makes all the difference.

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