Spring is officially here!
In my neck of the woods, the cold is gone, the daffodils are up, and the trees are starting to bud. Over the next few weeks everything will become beautifully green and the sunshine will warm up the air. It’s one of my favorite times of the year!
Besides finally being able to get outdoors into the sunshine, it is also the start of sandal season! I don’t know about you, but my toes are tired of being cooped up in socks all winter. A little extra dead skin and no air to breathe leaves my feet dry and dull. (Enough about that!)
If you are in a socks and boots kind of place through the winter you understand. I hope the sun is coming out for you because it’s time to get our feet ready for summer!
Before you slip your sandals on and start strutting down the lane, take a minute and treat yourself to a little mini spa for your feet. This DIY Lime-Mint Salt Scrub is just the thing you need to revitalize your skin and get your feet ready for flip-flops.
The ingredients in the Lime-Mint Salt Scrub are beneficial in more than one way:
Also named magnesium sulfate, this coarse salt will exfoliate and help whisk away the dead skin from your feet. It has detoxifying properties to it as well which can be utilized by using the Lime-Mint Scrub as a soak.
Of the many wonderful benefits, coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and will nourish the skin and nails on your feet making them very soft. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help guard against any such issues.
Lime Essential Oil
Like most other citrus oils, lime is purifying and cleansing. It will aid in the health of your skin and nails and clean your feet while smelling delicious.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Invigoration and soothing, peppermint improves circulation in your skin and keep your feet feeling fresh and ready to go.
Note from Tiffany: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
You will receive some of the benefits of lime essential oil from the zest, but not nearly as concentrated. The zest helps exfoliate and adds to the beauty of the scrub.
DIY: Lime-Mint Salt Scrub
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- Zest from 1 lime (optional)
- 5-6 drops total of Lime Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil
- First step is to melt the coconut oil. I put mine in a sauce pan and heated it on low. You want it to melt but not to be hot.
- Measure the Epsom salt into a bowl and add the melted coconut oil, lime zest, and essential oils. Mix well until the ingredients are all incorporated.
- Scoop into a jar or airtight container. (If I don’t have a mason jar I like to use a recycled jar.)
- To use: scoop out about a tablespoon of scrub and apply to wet feet. Scrub thoroughly to exfoliate and remove the dead skin while working in the nourishing oils. Rinse off the excess and dry your feet.
- Store in the refrigerator if you use the lime zest
Your feet will thank you for such a nice treatment! Plus they will smell amazing. Who doesn’t want better smelling feet?
Considering the nourishing benefits of the Lime-Mint Salt Scrub, you could use this on your hands and body as well. I can imagine it would feel great on your hands after gardening. Follow it up with a healing lotion and you won’t suffer from any ill effects of digging in the dirt.
As you take steps to create a green beauty routine, adding simple recipes like this will keep your bathroom cabinets chemical free. And it’s inexpensive!
DIY Lime-Mint Salt Scrub isn’t only for winter feet, sometimes wearing sandals all summer will dry your feet out as well. You can continue to use this scrub throughout sandal season to keep your skin soft and fresh.
If you need a slightly more intense therapy for your feet, you can use the scrub as a foot soak. Add ¼ cup of your scrub to warm water and soak your feet. The Epsom salt will detox your feet and the oils will soothe and nourish. I’m looking forward to a soak after some hiking next weekend!
When the hard Winter cold wears off, how do you naturally care for your feet?
This post was written by Heather at NeverLackingZeal.com.