As a yoga teacher, I think a lot about feet. Did you know there are over 100 muscles in your feet?! Or that your feet contain a quarter of your bones! Our feet are so important for our overall posture and how we feel in our body, but we give them so little TLC. From high heels to flats with no support, our shoes can really contribute to tension in the feet.
Just think about all the hours we spend standing, walking and running... constricting our tootsies in tight places.
In comes this wonderful Peppermint Foot Scrub recipe to the rescue that has two special ingredients to release tension and soften the skin of your hard-working feet!
Foot scrubs are a great way to exfoliate and soften the skin. Coarse salts work well on the bottoms of our feet which often get rough and dry. But this recipe features a special type of salt to also release tension - Epsom Salt! Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. You’ve probably heard about how amazing magnesium-rich foods and magnesium supplements are for lowering stress, reducing cramps and relieving muscle tension. But did you know that magnesium is really well-absorbed through the skin? The Epsom salts in this scrub will help to reduce swelling, soothe muscles and take the aches out of our feet.
Our second special ingredient is peppermint. I love adding peppermint to foot scrubs to leave feet smelling fresh and clean, but this lovely herb does so much more! Peppermint helps to relieve itching, reduces inflammation, release muscle tension and adds a light cooling sensation for invigorating tired feet.
You can use any oil you have on hand to help moisturize, but I do recommend grapeseed oil. It’s a very moisturizing oil for the drier skin of the feet and it’s mildly astringent to help increase circulation. It also had a lovely green colour to match the mint vibes!
2 tsp peppermint tea leaves (loose leaf or open up 2-3 tea bags)
1/3 cup grape seed oil (or oil of choice)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl if using right away or in a jar with a tight lid if storing for later use. Add more oil as needed to achieve a grainy consistency.
When you’re ready to scrub, fill a foot bath tub with hot water. Get comfy and use your hands to rub scrub into feet, concentrating on rough areas to exfoliate dead skin. Do this above the foot bath, so it can catch any scrub that falls off.
Ease your feet into the hot water and let them soak for at least 10 minutes, allowing the salt to dissolve and the peppermint to infuse and soak into feet.
For extra special-ness, plop a golf ball into the foot bath and rub the bottoms of your feet along the ball, moving forward and back along the length of your foot and then side to side across the ball and arch of your foot.
Once you’re sufficiently soaked, pat feet dry and allow the oil to absorb and moisturize your skin. Soft and soothed. Repeat often!
Do you have any best-kept secrets for combatting dry winter feet?