Winter or summer, our poor, tired feet are often the most neglected part of our bodies when it comes to our personal care regimens. For all the hard work they do, though, they deserve better. Here are ways to pamper your feet and maintain clean, soft skin using the power of lemons and other natural ingredients.
Fragrant Lemon Foot Scrub
Lemons contain nutrients and natural properties that are wonderful for your skin, including helping to even out skin tone, and helping to exfoliate rough, dead skin cells. Salt is also a natural exfoliant, with softening and antiseptic properties. This recipe adds moisturizing almond oil and your choice of either fragrant peppermint essential oil or thyme, a natural astringent, to the mix.
Be sure to store this in a clean glass jar with a lid that you can fit tightly. Keep it in the fridge and use it up within a month. It makes about 1 cup.
1 cup coarse sea salt
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
zest from 1 lemon
Options: 8 drops peppermint essential oil OR 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped finely
- Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.
- To use, stir the mixture together first. Soak your feet in water for about 10 minutes, or use in the shower while still wet.
- Rub a small amount into your feet, especially the heels.
- Rinse with warm water thoroughly.
Lemon Rosemary Foot Soak
At the end of a long day, there’s nothing quite as pampering as a fragrant foot soak. This version uses epsom salts, lemon, and rosemary for a concoction that will soothe skin as it cleanses and leaves you feeling fresh and renewed.
3-4 branches of rosemary
1/2 cup epsom salts
Water – enough to fill a tub big enough to soak in, as warm as you like it
- Boil the rosemary sprigs in water in a small saucepan for 2-3 minutes. Remove the rosemary.
- Slice the lemons fairly thinly.
- Fill your soaking tub with warm water. Add the lemons and rosemary water.
- Add the epsom salts and swish around gently until they dissolve.
- Now soak and relax!