Happy New Year, y’all! Thanks for hanging out with us the last few weeks as we took a breather for the end of the year. Alyssa was in the states and we got to hang out twice in San Francisco! We’ve been doing lots of planning and crafting and thinking, so stay tuned for some new things over the next few weeks. We’re super excited and we hope you will be too!
I am joining a lot of other folks looking to make new resolutions for the year and achieve some goals. If you’re in the midst of this planning, you may have decided to carve out a little more pampering time for yourself. I LIKE IT! And so I’d love to share today’s easy DIY: a foot soak that will make your toes warm and your aches dissipate:
- - 1/2 cup epsom salts
- - four bags of black tea, cut open
- - six to eight drops of essential oil (optional)
- - four cups very hot water and four cups of warm water
- To create the dry soak mixture, combine epsom salts and black tea into a small jar. Add essential oils, if desired.
- To draw the foot bath: Using a large basin large enough to fit your fit, add soak mixture to four cups of very hot water. Cover with a towel and allow to sit for five minutes in order to steep tea leaves a bit. Add remaining four cups of warm water and soak feet for 10-15 minutes (or longer if your water is still comfortable!).
- Tannic acids in black tea are thought to be astringent and help keep feet sweat-free.
- Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate, which is thought to draw toxins from the body and soothe sore muscles. Ahhhh!
- The soak mixture is, of course, an easy gift. Pack a few soak's worth into a jar and label with soak instructions!
If you’re looking for some ideas for packaging this up into a thoughtful gift, try some etched glass jars!