I have dry cracked feet, especially in the winter.
To add insult to injury, my treatment causes my skin to be extra dry and makes my already cracked feet worse.
Since we are all home on quarantine and maintaining social distancing, I figure we might as well practice a little self-love, in this case it’s our feet. As a matter of fact, it is crucial that you do somethings to pick yourself up, as this can be a tough time for many.
With spas and nail salons closed, you can give yourself a cute at home spa treatment using herbs and stuff in your kitchen. Using natural skin care products made from plants can be safe, effective and inexpensive.
Since being diagnosed with cancer it has forced me to take a good look at what I not only put inside my body, but the outside as well, and one of them is nail polish. I’ve often struggled with the fumes in the nail salon and would have to wear a mask, but have you ever stopped to think, why in the world would something that I’m putting on my body smell like its strong enough to clean an industrial factory, not to talk about the effect on your lungs. It didn’t make sense.
Anyway, the point of this post is not to tell you what to do with your body or to stop getting manis and pedis. I still get mine done. I’ve just done more research and use safer products and use salons that offer more natural products.
HERBAL-INFUSED FOOT SOAK
YOU WILL NEED:
- 4 cups of water
- 1TB fresh/dried lavender buds
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1TB fresh lemon zest
- 4 drops eucalyptus oil
- 1TB sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup epsom salt
- fresh flowers & sliced citrus fruit(optional)
Heat water in a pot until low simmer begins and remove from heat.
- Add lavender, rosemary and lemon zest to pot.
- Cover with lid and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
- strain the herbal infused water and set aside.
- Combine the eucalyptus oil with sweet almond oil and mix into epsom salt.
- Add this mixture to the herbal infused water.
- Pour the soak into a basin or bathtub and use the fresh flowers and citrus to adorn the basin and make the soak luxurious and decadent.
Find a comfy spot, (away from the kids or husband :)) to soak for 10-15 minutes. The warm water and herbs will help to soften your feet, making it easier to trim nails. After soaking, pat your feet dry with a towel and trim your nails following a rounded shape of the nail bed.
AROMATIC LAVENDER AND ROSE FOOT SCRUB
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 Cup of Epsom/ sea slat
- 1/2 cup pink himalayan salt
- Ceramic glass bowl: medium
- 2TB lavender buds
- 2TB rose petals
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops rose essential oil
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- Pour salt into medium ceramic or glass bowl.
- stir in the lavender buds and rose petals.
- add the lavender and rose essential oil to the grapeseed oil.
- combine the salts and flowers with the oils and stir to mix
- Dip your fingers into the foot scrub to extract a dollop of grainy, aromatic scrub.
- gently massage each part of your foot, working the scrub into the skin in circular motions.
- with a silky layer of scrub covering each foot, wrap saran then wrap with a warm damp towel and leave on for 10 minutes.
- Allow your feet to absorb the nourishment from minerals, oils and herbal properties.
- Rinse your feet with water and pat dry.
ROSE CUTICLE OIL
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/4 cup organic sweet almond oil
- 2 TB argan oil
- glass dropper bottle
- 3 drops geranium essential oil
- 4 drops rose essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- cuticle stick
- Using a funnel, add the organic sweet almond oil and organ oil to a glass dropper bottle.
- Add the essential oils to the carrier oil in the glass dropper bottle, cover and shake well to combine
- Be careful clipping cuticles at home, may cause infection if not done properly, instead use cuticle stick to gently push back curtailed from the face of the nail.
- Gently rub a drop or two of the nourishing oil on the cuticles and nail bed.