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I want to make up a batch of a nice smelling foot scrub for a friend of mine, she's pregnant, and really feeling it in her feet (hot, itchy, swelling at days end).<br><br>
I have on hand :<br>
- epsom salt<br>
- Peppermint EO<br>
- Tea Tree oil<br><br>
I can easily get baking soda<br><br>
How do I make up something nice and soothing for her ? Is there anything else I can add to it to help ?
 

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What a lovely idea! You can make an easy salt scrub with either epsom salt or kosher salt (or a combo of the two) and a light oil like almond oil. Use a 2:1 ration salt to oil. Adding tto or peppermint oil would give a nice cooling effect. Dried orange or lemon peel make a nice scrub too. Remove the colored part of the peel (the zest) with a zester or sharp paring knife. Dry the peels thoroughly by either laying on a rack to air dry near a sunny window or you can place on a cookie sheet in a 150 degree oven for several hours...or if you have an electric food dehydrator, just follow the manufacturer's directions. Once the peels are completely dry coarsley grind them in a blender or coffee grinder until they are the consistency of coffee grounds or cornmeal. Place the ground peels in a clean bowl and allow to air dry further if they are not completely dry. Use the ground peels imixed in equal amounts with water, your favorite cream or soap....plain yogurt is nice too. You can add oatmeal or cornmeal for extra scrubbing power.<br>
For an invigorating foot rub mix together 2 Tbs. light oil, 1/2 tsp. vinegar, 1/2 tsp alum powder, 1/4 tsp camphor oil. The vinegar and camphor are mildly astringent and cooling and will stimulate and energize her swollen feet and ankles.<br>
What a great friend! Have fun!
 

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I just wanted to add this recipe for a refreshing leg gel...it can help relieve swelling.<br>
1/2 cup aloe vera gel<br>
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch<br>
1 tbs. witch hazel<br>
3-4 drops peppermint oil<br>
Combine aloe, cornstarch and witch hazel in a heat-resistant container. Warm the mixture until you have a clear, thick liquid about the ocnsistency of honey. (This can be done in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds for 1-2 minutes on high or in a double boiler on the stove top.)<br>
Allow the mixture to cool and add the peppermint oil and stir thoroughly. Pour into an airtight container. Can be kept in the refrigerator for extra cooling action. Massage into feet and legs.
 

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Great recipes Jessica - thank you !
 

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Wow! I may have to do this too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">.<br>
So should you use distilled water for these?I know for diaper spray at least, it tends to matter. Since this will be sitting in a container for awhile, do you think you need to use distilled water, or no?
 

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Yes...distilled water would probably be the best choice. If you were going to use all of it right away you could probably get away with using filtered tab water, but definitely use distilled for anything that is going to be around for more than a day.
 
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