Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thrifty Tricks for Tired Tootsies Thursday

Boy, that’s a mouthful title today, isn’t it???  

Everyone knows we wild women spend a LOT of time on our feet running here and there and everywhere (all in heels, no less)!  And while I love me my fancy-schmancy spa pedicure at my favorite salon (Radiance Spa/Salon located within the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness in Hamilton, NJ), I also try to regularly treat my feet at home.

In addition to soaking your feet for comfort and beauty, there are recipes which naturally aid in detoxing your body’s effort to cleanse.  While you can purchase pre-packaged detox ingredients at your local health food store or buy very expensive pads, I like to make my own – a BIG $aving$!!  Salt is a primary ingredient, because the ions in the salt work as magnets to draw toxins through the skin of your foot’s sole into the soaking water.

Detox Recipe
  • 1 cup Epson salt
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 2 cups baking soda

Mix, then add ¼ cup to a basin of hot water (hot, but careful not to scald yourself!), and soak for about 30 minutes.  As a finishing touch at the end of your soak, scrub the bottoms of your feet with a natural fiber foot brush, or mix a little of the sea salt with some olive or sweet almond oil and massage/scrub into your feet for a few minutes, rinse off, then pat dry.  Or, just get some essential peppermint oil, add it to several tablespoons of olive oil or sweet almond oil (best for sensitive skin) and rub on.  If you do this right before bed, use essential oil of lavender instead, slather all over your feet/ankles, and cover with a pair of white cotton socks.  Your feet will be so soft and feel great in the morning!  Or use 100% aloe vera since lotions with additives will leech impurities back into your system.

And here’s a bonus – you can easily make this up as a gift for a friend!  Find a pretty jar (or my favorite, mason jars).  Add your Detox Foot Bath to a jar, type up a tag with the instructions, add some decorations (go to or Google “gifts in a jar” for decorating ideas, and you have a lovely gift for a friend… just in time for the holidays.  I do NOT recommend adding any coloring to the salts as they are for detoxing purposes and you don’t want add anything except the pure and natural ingredients.  However, you could make up a combo by adding a few drops of essential oil of lavender to one jar, and a few drops of peppermint (and/or lemon) to the other, as both a bedtime/morning relaxing/refreshing gift!

Exercise your “treat your feet” love your tootsies muscle today!


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