Herbal Interests | Lavender, Calendula, and Mint Foot Scrub
I posted a photo on Instagram last week talking about how I never wear shoes in the garden. In fact, I hardly ever see anyone around here wearing shoes in the garden. To me, it just feels strange! They get caked in mud, and if you have to wear rubber in this hot summer heat, then gardening just is not for me! No thank you; there is nothing worse than cooking your own limbs in rubber boots in the garden. We actually noticed that a lot of Amish women working in the garden around town never wear shoes in the garden while they're working either, and we noticed that the children hardly wear shoes either. It was one of the first things we caught onto when we moved here, and now that we have a garden of our own, have adopted the habit. I have to say, I really love it. I like the feeling of dirt under my feet and not dealing with the heat that comes with rubber boots. I don't know - maybe I'm just not a shoe person! I am definitely not a sock person. Feet prison.
After sharing this little tidbit of information on Instagram, someone asked if I had a foot scrub recipe. Well, no! But I should! I posted sometime last year about a gardener's hand scrub that you all loved. And I love it, too! It was so well liked that it was featured on Lauren Conrad's Friday Favorites. Whaaat! So awesome. Today, I'm sharing a new scrub that's not for your hands (though it could be, if you really wanted) but for your feet!!! This is sure to scrub off all those layers of dirt after a hard day's work in the garden, and maybe some of that pesky dead skin as well.
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup epsom salts
- 1 sprig fresh mint (I used spearmint)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1 tsps dried lavender
- 1 tsp dried calendula
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- With a mortar and pestle, grind up the fresh mint leaves, calendula, and lavender together. I used spearmint from our garden, but any other type of mint will work well. Most foot scrubs opt for peppermint!
- In a jar, combine the other ingredients along with the mint and lavender, and mix well. It should turn into a thick, even consistency. For an even better mix, pulse in a food processor or blender.
- Apply a small amount to your feet and massage gently. I would do this over the bath tub. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your feet will be a bit slippery from the oil, so perhaps wrap them in socks afterwards!
- Store the scrub in an airtight container for a week due to the fresh mint.
This scrub turned out looking like a green smoothie to me! It smelled good enough to be one, too. I will say that having the epsom salts involved was a little different in comparison to my hand scrub that I shared before. The epsom salt is much rougher and abrasive than table salt or sugar. So if you have really sensitive skin, I would probably not include this ingredient. A course sea salt should do the trick if you're nervous. The amount of oil in this recipe does leave your feet slippery, your hands even, so do be careful about that. If you would like a more solidified recipe, then either put in more salt or less oil.
I decided to blend my scrub in my NutriBullet. This worked really well and made the blend much more consistent and easy to use! You don't have to do this step, you can just whisk it up and call it a day, but I would recommend blending for optimal results. This stuff just smells really good after it's been blended, too!!!
**Remember, I am not a certified herbalist nor a holistic doctor. I just enjoy making herbal recipes with fresh ingredients from my garden or locally sourced. This will not cure any ailments nor should it be used without consulting a doctor first if you are looking for a miracle treatment. Make and apply at your own risk!