Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Before pulling out your sandals, give your feet some simple DIY pampering with Pure Honey! An impromptu home spa day is the perfect Mother's Day treat, and will leave your feet soft, happy, and ready for warmer days!
Winter can be hard on your feet. Cold weather and dry air lead to dry, cracked skin, and thick socks and boots mean they're out of sight and out of mind for months.
Pure honey's natural healing and moisturizing properties make it a great treatment for winter skin and nails. Paired with other beneficial ingredients like Epsom salt, coconut oil, and essential oils, raw honey is a skincare powerhouse that can gently whip your feet into summer sandal shape.
3 Relaxing Treatments
This trio of simple recipes gives your tired feet all the love they deserve. It starts with an Epsom salt foot soak. Epsom salt is famous for drawing impurities from your pores, as well as gently replenishing your body's magnesium. Magnesium is one of the primary minerals in our bodies and helps soothe sore muscles. It's the perfect treatment to relax aching feet and prep your skin for the next nourishing step.
Step 2 is a gentle honey sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your whole body. Your feet are prone to scaly skin and calluses, due to the daily pressure of standing and moving around. This sugar scrub will clean away dead skin, leaving them soft and beautifully smooth.
Finish your foot pampering by applying a luxurious foot balm, made with beeswax, aloe vera, and honey. This will moisturize your newly softened tootsies and protect them against further damage. Pop on a pair of fluffy socks while the salve soaks in and take the opportunity to relax. You, and your hard-working feet, deserve it.
Peppermint & Honey Foot Soak
This foot soak starts by brewing strong peppermint tea. Peppermint is soothing and refreshing on your skin and is a great way to kill unwanted odor (that's why it's used in toothpaste!). Epsom salt soothes sore standing muscles. Honey and essential oils discourage bacteria and fungal growth, leaving feet and toenails bright and fresh!
4 bags peppermint tea
2 cups water
1/2 cup Epsom salts
2 Tablespoons pure raw honey
3 drops peppermint essential oil
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop tea tree essential oil
Prepare a basin big enough to fit your feet and a clean towel. Place them in a cozy spot where you can sit comfortably for 30 minutes. Gather a book, music, or other desired entertainment to enjoy while you relax.
Boil 2 cups of water. Rip open 4 bags of peppermint tea, add the loose tea to the water, and leave the mixture to steep.
After the tea has steeped for a few minutes, add 2 tablespoons of raw honey and stir until dissolved.
Heat up enough water to cover your feet in the basin. Make sure it's not too hot. It should be around the temperature of a warm bath.
Add the Epsom salt and peppermint tea to the basin (including the loose leaves). Add your choice of essential oils.
Add enough warm water to comfortably cover your feet.
Sit back and relax for 30 minutes to an hour as the water cools and your feet soak in the salty mixture.
When you're finished, gently dry your feet. If you're not using a scrub, then apply a lotion or balm to moisturize your refreshed tootsies.
Honey Foot Scrub
Now that your feet are soaked and soft, use this gentle sugar scrub to exfoliate away dead or rough skin. The sugar and honey are a gentle polish, but will still get the job done.
1 Tablespoon fine sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure raw honey
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Put sugar in a small bowl. Add honey and oil and stir together until combined.
To use, scoop a small bit onto your fingers and massage it into your feet using small, circular motions. Pay special attention to any rough areas, like around your heels. This works best over the tub or a wide bowl.
Rinse your feet with warm water and pat dry. Finish by applying a balm or moisturizer to support your newly softened skin.
Beeswax Honey Heel Balm
Lastly, protect your freshly polished feet with a gentle beeswax balm. This locks in moisture and delays calluses from reforming. It also feels decadently luxurious.
1 oz beeswax
1 oz coconut oil
1 oz aloe vera gel
0.25 oz pure raw honey
2 drop sandalwood essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
Place the beeswax, oil, and honey in a small bowl or jar and gently heat with 30-second bursts in the microwave. Once it's mostly liquid, stop heating and stir until the wax is fully melted. Much like tempering chocolate, the residual heat from the liquid wax will melt the remaining pellets if you keep stirring.
As it begins to thicken, quickly add the aloe gel and essential oil. Keep stirring as the liquid cools and thickens. Beeswax hardens so quickly that the edges will harden before the middle. Keep stirring the thicker edges into the softer middle until the whole mix is rich and creamy. This will ensure the balm is smooth and uniform.
Use your balm by gathering a small bit on your fingers and applying it to clean dry feet. Rub it gently into your skin and nails for a silky finish. For maximum luxury, put on a pair of fluffy socks and enjoy the softness.
A Note on Essential Oils
Essential oils are completely optional for all these recipes. They enhance the experience, both for your feet and your sense of smell, but the benefits from the other ingredients are still huge without them.
Feel free to leave them out or to replace the specific oils listed with your own favorite blends. Avoid any oils that irritate your skin and don't use more total drops than what's listed in the individual recipes.
I use the recipes with the oils as they're listed, but everyone's skin and preferences are unique. For example, cinnamon oil is one of my favorites to use in a small quantity, but many people find it irritating on their skin. Adjust your essential oils to create your own perfect products.
Give one (or all three!) of these natural spa treatments a try the next time your feet need some TLC. You could even prep and package them as a caring gift for Mother's Day. Our feet carry us about all day long. They definitely deserve some love.
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