Sunday, August 4, 2013

Garden Work & Foot Soak Recipe


My garden has been a bit neglected as of late. It is in desperate need of weeding. I went down there this afternoon and did some, but there is so much more to do. Tomorrow my son Jacob is going to rototill it for me and that will take care of a lot of those pesky weeds, at least for now. Then my youngest two kids and I will finish up weeding between the plants and rows.

I have a much smaller garden this year than normal. It has been a good thing for me but I do miss the abundance of fresh veggies that normally come this time of year. Perhaps I’ll hit the farmers market soon and see what I can purchase. However, today I did pick a little lettuce and my first little zucchini. I washed it up and put it in the fridge to crisp for tomorrow’s salad.



After an afternoon in the garden I really enjoy a nice foot soak. In the summer I live in my flip flops and wear them in the garden or often go barefoot in the garden. So my feet can get dry & cracked pretty quickly. I wash my feet first and then soak them in an Epsom salt and hydrogen peroxide foot soak. I love the way it makes my feet feel.


Epsom salts in a foot soak help to not only relax you (the salts calm your nervous system), but it reduces any swelling you might have and will relax the muscles. Epsom salts are a combination of magnesium and sulfate. If you soak your feet (or put it in your bath) it helps to draw out toxins. 

If you have any cracks (like dry heals) or small cuts in your feet add a little hydrogen peroxide to your foot soak. This will help kill any bacteria that may be lingering in those cuts and cracks of the feet. Hydrogen peroxide is also said to help with foot/nail fungus.

Here is my standard recipe:

Foot Soak
1 to 1 ½ gallons very warm water
½ cup hydrogen peroxide (the stuff from the drug store)
½ cup Epsom salts
a few drops of essential oil (like lavender to help relax), if desired

Combine ingredients in a bowl large enough to soak your feet. Soak feet for at least 20 minutes. Afterwards use a pumice stone to smooth away dried skin and apply lotion to your feet.. Your feet will thank you.. ;)

10 comments:

  1. We didn't plant a garden at all and I've relied on local families selling produce. Hubby seems to be more on board with planting one next year though.

    We found some epsom salts with peppermint in them and they are wonderful. It's like having a foot bath and aroma therapy all in one.

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    1. I gotta find the epsom salts with peppermint!! that sounds awesome!!

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  2. I need to soak my feet. I live in my flip-flops too, especially during the summer and my feet are all kinds of dry and full of cracks.
    I think I even have some lavender oil that I can add. :)
    Thanks!

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  3. Crystal, thank you for sharing your foot soak recipe!

    I am almost always barefoot, and in the summer especially (since I also put on some plastic sandals to work in the garden) my feet can get HIDIOUS! My hubby calls them "football feet" because they get all rough and scratchy!

    My heals crack really bad, and get so dirty. I am going to soak my feet RIGHT NOW! Never thought of putting EO in.....duh! You are awesome!

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    1. Foot soaks are amazing for summer feet!! Hope it helps!! Don't forget the lotion when soaking is done.. your feet will feel so loved.. :D

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  4. Thank you for sharing the foot soak . I am having so much trouble out of my feet right now. Swelling mostly. This is exactly what I need. :)

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    1. You can add more epsom salts if you need to. I add more due to swelling .. it does help!

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  5. I seriously need to get some epsom salts after reading this. My feet are gnarly from the barefootness of summer.

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    1. why did my name publish like that????

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    2. LOL.. I have NO idea!! :D .. and yes.. get some epsom salts.. they are fantastic.. Sierra & I are into our foot soaks.. helping my gnarly feet too.. :)

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