The good news about spring is that it’s time to trade in your boots for barely there thongs. The bad news is that your feet need to be flip flop ready on the regular—no more hiding under socks! Get your tootsies ready for their big reveal with these garden-fresh homemade pedicure soaks created by Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home.
#1 Rosy Posy Foot Soak
Adding fresh flowers not only looks pretty, but it also has benefits like preventing odor and freshening feet.
About 1 gallon of hot water (enough to fill your sink or container)
5 chamomile tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose chamomile
4-6 drops lavender essential oil
1 cup fresh clean flower petals (roses, daisies, lilac, and primrose all work well)
Pour the hot water into a small sink, tub or basin. Add the chamomile tea and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Add the lavender oil and flower petals and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes.
#2 Herbaliscious Foot Bath
A refreshing treat for hardworking, tired feet, this invigorating soak contains baking soda and vinegar to soften rough skin, and mint to wake up feet and keep odor at bay.
1 gallon of hot water (enough to fill your sink or container)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup vinegar (apple cider, white, herbal)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Pour the hot water into a small sink, tub or basin. Add the baking soda and vinegar (they will fizz and bubble as they combine). Add the thyme or other herbs and let the water cool a bit. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
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About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team