E is for Essential Oils: Coconut Lime Foot Soak
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I haven’t shared much yet about what I do at my day job in my writing here on Ava’s Alphabet. I provide treatment to women who are struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety and I am passionate about helping women get through this challenging time in their life. As you may imagine, we talk a lot about better self care with the women we serve. My fabulous colleague Melissa teaches amazing classes on self care and relaxation (among many other things). She often gives our moms an opportunity to make their own scrubs and soaks and she is allowing me to share her recipe for Coconut Lime Foot Soak with you today. Boy, are you in for a treat! Here we go:
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2-3 drops of Lime Essential Oil* (or any citrus oil of your choice)
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
*There are many choices for essential oils these days. Be sure to look for a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil from a reputable company. Some oils are not truly essential oil and can have unwanted additives. I buy my oils here: http://mydoterra.com/mybalancedlife.
Slowly warm the coconut oil until it melts into a liquid. I placed the coconut oil in a microwave safe glass mixing bowl and warmed it in 10 second increments until it was melted. I gently swirled it in the bowl after each heating. It usually only takes 20-30 seconds for it to be liquefied. Add the essential oils and mix completely. Stir in the Epsom salts and baking soda making sure all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Zest a fresh lime over your mixture and blend well. Store your coconut lime foot soak in a small container. I prefer to use a glass jar – I found the ones pictured at my local craft store for $1.50 each, You could use a jar like this or a short canning jar. I also found that after the foot soak cooled and sat in the container over night, it was nice to fluff it up with a fork for easier scooping when it comes time to use it.
Instructions for Use
Add 1-2 Tablespoons of the coconut lime foot soak to a basin of warm water (or as hot as you like it). Allow your feet to soak for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Relax and enjoy!
Whether you are struggling in your day-to-day life or not, please be sure to carve out some time for yourself. It is so important that we re-fuel our own mind, body and spirit in order to continue working and giving in the way life demands from us. I know it seems like there is never enough time for self care, but you must be intentional about making it happen. You deserve it!
A jar of this foot soak makes a great gift too. Share the love with another woman in your life who needs her own pampering and self care time. I hope you enjoy this easy, yummy foot soak recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you.
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