“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.
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!