Grapefruit and Rosemary Foot Soak

 “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” –Kahlil Gibran

The last time I read about sprains, I learned that it takes four to six weeks to heal if it is a Grade 1 kind of sprain. It’s been about three weeks so I more or less have three more weeks to go. It sucks that I developed hip bursitis in the process that is why my entire right leg has been feeling weak and my knees about to buckle at any time.

After two PT sessions, I have regained a bit of my leg’s strength and I lost that disturbing (but not painful) feeling deep in my back and hip that caused me sleepless nights. It was a very uncomfortable, but not painful, feeling that irritated me at night because I didn’t know what to do with it. In a twist of events though, the muscles in my right leg have tightened so much that I now have spasms from hip to toes. I immediately went to my family’s ortho doctor and he gave me a different muscle relaxant to deal with the spasms.

Thankfully, I had to knee surgery to make the spasms really bad like what happened to my sister when she had her MPFL surgery back in 2014. To be fair, it wasn’t our ortho doctor’s fault because while he operated on her, it was the nerve block that caused my sister’s leg to spasm non-stop (unless we massaged the leg).

Note: I made this foot soak on the same day as the evening the spasms started.

If you read my Lavender and Peppermint Foot Soak post from last time, you would know that I enjoyed it greatly. I still do not know how epsom salt helps with sprains but just getting to soak my feet in warm water is so relaxing that I forget about my injury until I have to stand up. So, I decided to make another foot soak. This time, I wanted it pink!

The inspiration came from reading about Grapefruit Rosemary Bath Salt from Homey Oh My. Hers involved Himalayan pink salt which I did not have on hand. Plus, being very expensive, I did not feel like my feet deserved that luxury. So, just epsom salt it is.

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I should really take a pic of the baking soda next time…

Just like last time, 8 tbsps of epsom salt and 1 tbsp of baking soda. To that, I added 1/4 teaspoon of red liquid food coloring (with matching prayers that it won’t turn my feet red) and mixed them all together until the entire mixture looked a little more pink than Himalayan pink salt.

Now it makes me wonder if all the Himalayan Pink Salt products I see being sold everywhere are authentic or some of them were ordinary salt dyed pink.

Once mixed, I added a few drops of grapefruit essential oil and a quarter teaspoon of rosemary essential oil (bottle did not come with a dropper). It’s a little strong, to be honest, but my goal is to have the entire living room smelling like grapefruit and rosemary when I soak my foot in.

I remembered that we had dried rosemary in the house so I got half a tablespoon just to make this foot soak look all the more interesting. Also, I want to get antibacterial properties from the rosemary so I am hoping that with the hot water, it will be like tea but for my feet (and red).

There! My very own foot soak that is pink and girly like me, smelling wonderfully of grapefruit and rosemary. Citrus and minty scents really go together! Time to get soaking!

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Lavender and Peppermint Foot Soak

Who said tea is only for the tummy?

I am back with another DIY project. This time, it isn’t soap! I put my soapmaking supplies away first because I still have too many soaps from my past projects.

My ankle has not completely healed yet from my sprain. While it does not hurt anymore when I put weight on the foot, certain positions still cause shooting pain from my ankle and the inner arch of my foot. Researching online on how to help a sprained ankle heal led me to learning about epsom salt.

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is said to help reduce inflammation in the muscles. I am not sure how it works at all and if it’s proven but a nice and warm foot soak sounded like a good idea to me. Despite my ankle not being swollen anymore, my PT sessions still involve hot compresses and ultrasound therapy that both warm the affected areas. So I guess a warm foot soak would not hurt.

I searched for DIY recipes but I ended up using 8 tablespoons of epsom salt, 1 tablespoon of baking soda (to soften my dry, cracked heels that I peel when I am anxious), and peppermint tea leaves. I also added a few drops of lavender and peppermint essential oils for that refreshing scent.

I thought it was going to be easy looking for epsom salt but I actually had a hard time looking for it in drugstores, groceries or some spa and bath product boutiques in our malls. I had fo find it online through Shopee where I got my cute bottle with a wooden scooper to go. Argh! I am so in love with that bottle!

Anyway, I basically just mixed all the ingredients together until they resembled damp sand. The baking soda, being finer than the salt, had a tendency stay at the bottom of the mixture so I had to make sure everything was well blended and distributed all throughout.

I saved some to put in the basin to soak my feet in right away and poured the rest in the cute container I intended for it.

After pouring warm water and dissolving the foot soak, the entire house smelled really nicely of lavender and peppermint! I loved that combination!

I let my feet soak for about fifteen minutes until I felt that the heat from the water was already gone. The pain has not magically disappeared from my injured foot but at least the warmth from the soak helped relax it. My feet also felt a little bit of the cooling sensation from the peppermint essential oil after I lifted them from the basin. So refreshing!

I shall make more foot soaks using the rest of my essential oils at home. I’ll try to incorporate other ingredients too. I read that milk helps soften the skin.

Do you love foot soaks too? What’s your favorite scent?