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Sunday, July 9, 2023

Lavender and Chamomile Foot Soak

I mentioned in an earlier post that I planned to make a foot soak for my feet.  Since summertime means open-toed shoes and sandals and since I spend a lot of time in the garden where soil just seems to collect inside shoes leaving feet a little worse for the wear, I wanted to give my feet a little TLC during this summer season. 

Can any other gardeners relate?

After doing some research, here's what I put together ...

5 tablespoons dried lavender flowers/buds

5 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers or you can open up chamomile tea bags

1 1/4 cups Epsom salt

3/4 cups powdered milk

Stir all together in a bowl and store in an air-tight container until ready to use.  

To use:  Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup in a sachet (I use a small muslin bag) to container of warm water.  

(The next time I make a batch, I'm going to whiz all the ingredients together in my nutri-bullet turning it into a powder.  I think it will dissolve better in the water and maybe I can bypass the need for a sachet.)

Update 7/12/23:  I made another batch and whizzed it in my nutri-bullet turning it into powder.  I used a couple of tablespoons of the mixture in my next foot soaking and I'm hooked.  The sachet is not needed for this method.

Soak feet for desired length of time.  I soaked mine 30 minutes.

According to my research, the lavender and chamomile are both noted for being relaxing and soothing. Epsom salts are good for easing muscle tension and powdered milk helps make feet soft and smooth.

I really like the way my feet feel after being soaked in this solution.

Do you have a favorite 'foot soak' mixture/recipe?

Until next time,

patsi @ A Working Pantry

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  1. Patsy, Thank you for sharing your recipe for the foot soak. I'll be trying this next time I do mine. I'm always barefoot so this will be a treat!

    1. Laurie, you're welcome. I'm always pouring our sandy soil from the garden out of my shoes, so I definitely needed something. So far, I have been well pleased.

  2. That sounds wonderful! I wear Teva sandals outside and then hose my feet and sandals and all before I come in but it doesn't take care of it all. My go to for many years has been Hopewell's Peppermint Cream. My dear Hubby washes my feet and puts it on me every night at bedtime.

    1. Lana, that peppermint cream sounds really refreshing, I'm going to add it to my Hopewell cart and try it. Blessings to your husband for his caring heart towards you.

      We clean our shoes before coming inside too, but like you said, try as we might, we don't get it all!

  3. Thank you for sharing your foot soak recipe! I already have all of the ingredients on hand. It looks so soothing and will be a real treat at the end of a long day.

    1. Kelsey, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  4. Listerine works well for the soak even my skin doc thought it was good. Then a good rub of Vaseline with socks on for an hour afterwards. I use old socks , rotate between 2 pairs as they will get "oil" stains

    1. Chef Owings, I like the tip of reserving 2 pair of socks for use when rubbing vaseline on your feet. Thank you! Can you give me a ratio of listerine to water for your soak method?

  5. Your foot soak sounds lovely and soothing, Patsy!
    My dogs need a sterner treatment and get the brown Listerine/vinegar/warm water soak. It's shocking but gratifying how much dead skin it removes.

    1. Sue, sometimes my 'dogs' need something more too, can you share your proportions for your treatment soak?

    2. Of course! It's the one all over the internet. I use 2 cups of brown Listerine, 2 cups of ordinary white vinegar, and 4 cups of nice warm water. I just use a dishpan (reserved for foot soaking only, LOL). I like to soak for about 20 minutes, then use a pumice stone on my heels and the sides of my feet. Rinse your feet well afterwards.

      You can cut the recipe in half if you don't need as much to cover your feet, LOL!