Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Treat your feet!

At the end of a long days walking, theres nothing quite as good as soaking your feet in a bowl of hot perfumed water. Making your own bath salts is really easy, all you need is some good quality sea salt full of natural minerals, ( you can buy good salt at any health shop) and if you want you can add some natural essential oils and even flowers or flower petals that then expand in the water. Its best to take the sea salt of your choice(there are various different varieties all packed with minerals and often clays aswell), then add the essential oils and any flowers or petals and leave it to infuse in an airtight container for at least 24 hours. The general rule is 300gms of salt to 30 drops of essential oil; a good relaxing blend would be lavender and geranium, or for tired aching feet, rosemary and eucalyptus. Just add a 100 gms to a bowl full of hot water and soak your feet in it. We all have problems of hard skin especially in the summer months when sandals tend to exacerbate rough areas, so once the feet are nicely soaked rub off any hard skin with a pumice stone or a better alternative if you can get one is a moroccan clay foot scrubber. These handy scrubbers are easy to use as they have a small handle to grip on and the round scored base sloughs away dead skin really effectively. These are normally found in Moroccan markets or in the hammam but they can be bought online. After all this pampering moisturize your feet with a good natural moisturizer or body butter, my mum allways used to tell me to do this before bed and put some light cotton socks over the feet and then in the morning you wake up with super smooth relaxed feet.

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