To be really honest I wasnt sure what to write about today. I dont know about you but I am feeling very all over the place with everything going on in the world, and I want to send out out so much love and kindness to everyone. I know that some days will feel like everything is fine, everything is normal, but then others feel foreign disconnected and straight out of a science fiction novel. But I hope you are all surviving.
I created a recipe for this soak as I needed to have something for me, a bit of space and time. It is something that is easy, and hopefully you will find ingredients in your garden. Ill put the ingredients and how to first and then explanations for the ingredients after.
- a handful of oats (my child LOVES porridge, hopefully she wont see that some has gone missing ;-)
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- a handful of lavender (the buds), rose petals, rosemary (you can use the stalk too) and/ or Thyme.
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg and/ or basil and ginger.
- Either finely chop up the ingredients or use a clean food processor to blitz them together - you can add a little warm water if it sticks too much.
- Spoon the ingredients into a clean piece of muslin, or a Chux cloth, create a little bag and tie at the top with an elastic band or I borrowed child 2's hair scrunchie :-)
- Fill a bucket half way with warm water, not too hot and place bag in the water. It doesnt matter if some of the contents escape.
- Sit in a nice quiet spot with a book, glass of wine, favourite tea etc, put your feet into the liquid and reeeeeellllllaaaaaxxxxx. You can stay as long as you like :-)
- When you are finished, dry your feet and massage in your favourite moisturiser, I used the White Cloud Lavender and Kawakawa cream.
- Use the left over water for any plants, add the used herbs and oats for compost and wash the cheese cloth/ muslin for next time.
You can put in so many different things for your foot soak, but I have chosen the following for their amazing benefits:
Oats are amazing for the skin! They help in the recovery of the eczematous skin by moisturising, restoring the skin barrier, reducing itching, and regulating inflammation. They are anti oxidant and very soothing too.
For its deep cleaning and antiseptic properties.
The Queen of all flowers (not strictly speaking a herb, but is often used as one). It is soothing, relaxing, warming and astringent for the skin.
Skin calming, anti inflammatory, soothes dry, hot and itchy skin.
Another versatile herb, it is warming, helps boost circulation and is said to aide in mental well - being.
Ginger is amazing too! Use it any how really, not just as a soak as it revives and helps if you are suffering from nervous or mental fatigue
!!!! And the following herbs and spices can be used too but only at a small percentage in your soak !!!!......(less than one teaspoon)
Basil not only tastes great but is known as a protector of mental and physical well - being, according to Ayurvedic medicine.
This wonderful spice helps boost circulation and revives sore joints aggravated from cold weather. Plus the scent is thought to counter exhaustion and depression.
Eases aches and pains, a known muscle relaxant
Warming effect on the muscles and enhances well - being.
So as you can see there are lots to choose from. I really hope you all get the chance to relax using this simple recipe. Let me know how you get on :-)
Director/ Formulator White Cloud Skincare