Summertime feet. They’re supposed to be pretty and sandal-ready but sometimes they just aren’t. Perhaps you’ve tried pedicures, pumice stones, or foot balms to care for them…but have you ever tried a foot soak? I didn’t think much of foot soaks until I indulged in one for the very first time a few weeks ago, after my feet were totally spent from having moved into a new place. A bucket of hot water and some salts might not seem like a big deal, but when your feet are sore and aching like you’ve just hiked through the Mojave Desert nothing could be better.
The secret to this foot soak is epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts come in cartons or large bags which can be found in any drug store for just a few dollars. The salts are commonly used as a home remedy to treat aches or sprains, and are also known for being an excellent skin softener and exfoliant.
Another ingredient added to this foot soak is some common everyday green tea. When applied topically, steeped green tea is thought to have antibacterial properties and can also to help to reduce swelling…perfect for reviving tired, less-than-fresh feet. Here, lavender essential oil and buds not only give a hit of soothing aromatherapy, but also add a flowery pop of purple color to the soak. The calming fragrance of this herbal will leave you feeling like you’re being primped and pampered at some exclusive spa.
This easy-to-make foot soak is perfect for expectant moms, atheletes, or for anyone who simply has horribly aching feet. The salts can be easily packed into jars or sachets for easy gift giving, and also make luxurious yet inexpensive party favors. Try this Lavender Green Tea Foot Soak as a simple pleasure at the end of a long day. It’s sure to leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and wondering why you hadn’t made a stop at the drug store for some epsom salts many summers ago.
Lavender Green Tea Foot Soak
What You’ll Need:
large mixing bowl
1 cup epsom salt
2 tea bags or 2 tsp loose green tea (please, don’t use the fancy stuff!)
2 tsp fresh or dried lavender buds
1/2 tsp lavender essential oil
1 cup capacity jar, sachet, or other sealed container
foot tub or bucket
8 quarts warm water (I like the water to be very warm/almost hot)
1.) Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Place the mixture in a sealed container until ready to use.
2.) When ready for the foot soak, place the fragrant salt into a large foot tub and add 8 quarts of very warm water.
3.) Soak feet for 20 minutes or until feet feel soft, refreshed, and squeaky-clean.
Ooh I love foot soaks! And I can use the lavender from my backyard! Thanks for the inspiration, Bonnie! Also, I made your scones today! First time ever making scones so I was a bit nervous. I added blueberries to them since my bf is partial to blueberry scones. They turned out amazing, but are a lot uglier than yours. How do you make yours so pretty and uniform???
You will love this foot soak Patty. Now that you are free for the summer you should definitely try it out! Is it hard to grow lavender?? Now you have me inspired. It would be so great to grow my own…I’ll have to see where I can get a plant now!
And your scones turned out gorgeous! Anytime you add chunky fruit it’s harder for the dough to be uniform. One trick is to only roll the dough out minimally (i.e. leave it thick). I typically roll my scone dough out to a 1 1/2″ to 2″ thickness, then punch out the rounds. Personally, I think that the taller a scone is, the more finished it looks. After you punch out the rounds you can dust the sides of the scone in some more bench flour so that the shape holds together tightly while baking. From your photos, it looks like you already followed all these tips so congrats! I hope you and your bf enjoyed them!! 😉
Bonnie, I can’t grow anything, but my lavender bush blooms every year, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s an easy plant to maintain! I have a drip watering system and never have to do anything with or to it! 😀
Now onto the scones–I think I rolled mine too flat. I was at around 1″ and was wondering why mine didn’t get as high as yours! Also, I didn’t dust the sides, but I will next time. I’m always afraid of using too much bench flour and ruining the recipe. Thanks again so much for posting the scone recipe. It was my first time making scones! I already ate one–it was soo good. I know my bf will love them as well. ❤
Delightful recipe for this foot soak, Bonnie. I will definitely be trying this. I’m in heels everyday and my feet take a beating from the heels. This will help my feet relax, I’m sure. I have a foot soak that I don’t like to use because the smell is too strong, almost chemical-like. I never thought to make my own. Now I know I can. Thanks! Hope the move went well.
It’s so relaxing Ngan, I know you will love it. Why do high heels have to be so chic and elegant? I wish I could do without them for the sake of my feet, but I just can’t either…at least there are foot soaks to save the day…:)
Bonnie, this is so different and I love it! I was searching online this weekend for a home-made face wash. Do you have a recipe for one that uses tea? xo Lois
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Hey Lois! You know, I don’t have one on hand but I’ll look into it! Sounds like an idea that’s right up my alley. I just ordered a bunch of Elmwood Inn tea yesterday since I ran out after today’s post on Summertime Sun Tea. You are so sweet Lois…I was so happy to see you at the Expo. Say hi to everyone for me, and I’ll be in touch about that face wash! 🙂
so yes to this. i have a bag of lavender in my pantry (i don’t like it in baking or food, so they’re just hanging out) and i could really use a soak. i treat myself to pedicures in the summer but wearing sandals everyday really does a number on one’s heels. i foresee a beauty night for me & dw tonite!
The lavender in the pantry will work perfectly. I’m planning to use the last portion of my foot salts (the one I used for my pics) tonight too! Have a relaxing evening Lan! 😉
Ahhhh. This looks perfect.
You must try this Danielle. It’s amazing how comforting a little foot soak can be. And hey, when are we meeting up for tea!!? 🙂
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Do you,use the entire jar for one foot soak? I was thinking of making as gifts.
Hi Joan! I would get about 1-2 soaks out of that jar. If I want to be decadent, I’d say 1. 😉 These would make fantastic gifts in any small and decorative container. Thanks so much for the comment and hope this helps!
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