Treat your feet & make them sweet. Heal your heels & get your feet ready for some fun in the sun. Yes, I have read way too much Dr. Seuss!
But seriously, when I think of summer, I think of warm, lavender scented breezes. Wherever I’m living, there must be lavender growing. On a lake, up the mountain, in a city townhouse, on the 23rd floor of a downtown high rise and now in a 100 year old bungalow – my lavender pots and foraged seeds have come with me. I must have lavender breezes…
Make Lavender Foot Salts and Lavender Foot Butter Bars right in your kitchen with ingredients from your kitchen for beautiful and healthy feet.
LAVENDER FOOT SALTS
The sea salt pulls toxins from your body and supplements your body with essential minerals. I used grey sea salt from Noirmoutier Island, located off the Atlantic coast of France. This product is hand harvested and buying such products supports traditional agriculture – something that, in my opinion needs to be embraced in all areas of agriculture, therefore I always look for products that support this. Grey sea salt is a slightly moist, unrefined sea salt hand harvested from clay lined salt ponds. The grey color comes from the clay in the ponds and makes this salt especially high in minerals.
The Epsom salt eases pain and inflammation and supplements your body with magnesium. It is estimated that 70-90% of people are deficient in magnesium so this is one way to increase your levels. Magnesium is critical for the success of hundreds of biochemical or enzymatic reactions across all bodily systems: for our nerves, brain, muscles, bones, organs and hormones magnesium is essential. Soak in it often!
Lavender is amazing! Not only does it smell amazing but it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and increases blood circulation. In aromatherapy, it is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and headaches.
1 cup grey sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
1/4 cup fresh or dried lavender buds
30 drops of lavender pure essential oil
1. If using fresh lavender, which I prefer, combine 1/4 cup loosely packed, fresh picked lavender with 1/4 cup sea salts in a clean coffee grinder or mini food processor and grind together. Then spread the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper and air dry overnight.
If using dried lavender, put 1/4 cup into the coffee grinder and grind into a powder.
2. Combine sea salts, Epsom salts, dried lavender/salt mixture or ground lavender in a bowl and mix gently to combine.
3. Add 30 drops, or desired amount, of lavender essential oil.
4. Store your Lavender Foot Salts in a glass jar.
Soak: Scoop 1/4 cup of the salts into a foot bath or basin filled with warm water. (You can also fill the bath and soak all of you, just add 1/2 cup to one cup) Let your feet soak for at least 15 minutes.
Scrub: While soaking, mix a Tablespoon of the Lavender Foot Salts and mix it with a Tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage this scrub into your feet, concentrating on any calluses. The coconut oil will add extra softness to your feet.
LAVENDER FOOT BUTTER BAR
Cocoa butter, avocado oil and beeswax are combined in this fortifying, healing, soothing, antibacterial foot moisturizer.
Cocoa butter is an emollient, meaning it provides the skin with a protective layer. It contains healing fatty acids and antioxidant polyphenols which include oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid – making it anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. It adds a rich creaminess and rapid skin healing properties to any body product.
Avocado oil is one of my favorite all around oils. It is a must in most of my skin preparations as I have experienced an incredible transformation in the look and feel of my skin – it’s silkier, smoother and has a quenched feeling. Avocado oil is extremely concentrated in monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, D & E and other antioxidants. It’s like a multivitamin for the skin! And of coarse, anything you put on your skin gets directly absorbed into your body and bloodstream. It is also believed to penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of our skin, increasing collagen levels and has a natural SPF of 15.
Beeswax smells amazing! It is another one of my favorite ingredients. It’s used in a moisturizer to lock the moisture in your skin and to add firmness to the Foot Butter Bar.
1/3 cup cocoa butter
1/3 cup avocado oil
1/3 cup organic beeswax pastilles
20 drops of lavender essential oil
1. Melt the cocoa butter, beeswax and avocado oil in a double boiler or in a 1 litre glass Pyrex measuring cup over a pot of water with about an inch of water in it, on medium heat. Stir occasionally (a chopstick works great) until the last of the beeswax and cocoa butter is just melted. Don’t overheat or you will cook the goodness out of your oil.
2. Remove from heat and add your lavender pure essential oil.
3. Immediately and carefully pour into a silicone mold or a soap mold. A muffin tin or silicone cupcake liner works great too. You can even use the lid of a canning jar.
4. Leave to set up & cool completely. You can put them in the fridge to cool faster.
5. Release from molds, store in a cool place in a container or a metal tin.
After soaking and scrubbing your feet, dry them thoroughly and apply your Lavender Foot Butter Bar. Simply massage it into your feet and between your toes, concentrating on calluses and cracks.
These Foot Butter Bars are deeply moisturizing and healing. They will quickly heal dry and cracked feet. The lavender adds further healing, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to the bars.
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