OK….now I am going to write about what I originally sat down yesterday to write about! Didn’t quite work out that way. My head and my heart had other things to say apparently. :-) But now that I’ve got that out of my system……I can post about the amazing foot soak that saved my feet on Saturday!
Saturday was a C R A Z Y day!!! I was on my feet ALL DAY LONG! First I helped in the kitchen at a funeral luncheon for over 2 hours….then I ran home…changed clothes and hit the road to do a million and one errands in preparation for a Mother’s Day Rib Fest I was hosting on Sunday for 25 people!
First I went to Costco. Have you ever been to Costco on the SATURDAY BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY??????????? Oh my……..I hardly have words to describe it. lol. Best word I can come up with (which hardly does it justice) is MADHOUSE. I have a hard enough time going to Costco on a run-of-the-mill day because I am so easily distracted by all the “stuff” there! But Saturday was RIDICULOUS. I didn’t intend on staying very long….I was only there to buy ribs…but it took me WAY longer than intended fighting the massive crush of humanity. :-)
Next stop….Target. (Funny, I still pronounce it “tar-ZHAY” in my head ever since I lived in Bismarck, ND and the only ‘fancy’ shopping we had there was “tar-ZHAY” and “zhay-CEE-pen-NAY”!) Here I was looking for a couple of grill accessories for the hubster and some stacking chairs for extra seating for the backyard bbq. Struck out on both fronts….but was so distracted by the complete RE-design of the store since the LAST time I was there…that once again….I spent WAY longer there than I planned on. Darn you “tar-ZHAY”!
Since I struck out at Target…my adventure continued…
I reconsidered my options and decided to make one more stop at Home Depot. I imagine that right about now you are thinking…”that Jillee is a CRAZY person! Who goes to Costco, Target AND Home Depot in one afternoon? Let alone on the Saturday before Mother’s Day!?!?” In hindsight, I would have to completely agree with that line of thinking. :-) While I was eventually successful at finding what I needed at Home Depot….that place is so humongous that I was EXHAUSTED by the time I dragged myself and my overloaded cart out to my car.
By the time I got home (it’s a half hour drive from the “big city” to my town)…it was 6:30pm and the hubster was patiently waiting to help me with the flower planting I wanted to do before the get-together the next day. We ended up digging, planting and mulching flower beds until about 9:30pm. (Yes, I was watering in the dark!) Of course we were STARVING when we were done because we hadn’t stopped for dinner…so I threw some of the salmon that No. 1 son had bought me for an early Mother’s Day present (love that boy!) on the grill and the hubster and I sat down to eat at about 10pm.
It felt GREAT to finally sit down and relax….but MAN….my “dogs were yappin’!” (MY FEET HURT!) I knew I still had some computer work ahead of me so I decided that I would mix up some of this foot soak by April at An Apple A Day Wisdom and soak my feet while I worked.
If it had been the LEAST bit difficult or taxing to make….I would not have even attempted it at that point. I was pretty much at the end of my rope. But, it was SO EASY to throw together….and it was definitely worth the tiny bit of effort.
Here is all I did:
I took a big 1/2 gallon Mason jar (aren’t these the coolest? My sister found them at her Ace Hardware in Wyoming! I’ve never seen them around here anywhere!)…..dumped in 1 cup of Epsom Salt, 1 cup of Sea Salt, 2 cups of Baking Soda, and several drops of Lavender essential oil….put the top on and shook it up! I then took 1/4 cup of the mixture….added it to a plastic dish pan filled with the hottest water I thought my feet could stand….and proceeded to soak my tired, aching feet! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………what a pleasant experience and what a wonderful way to end a particularly stressful day. :-)
P.S. This is actually a “recipe” for a Foot DETOX so I have included the other instructions from An Apple A Day Wisdom
“The ions in the salt work as magnets to draw toxins through the skin of your feet out of your body into the foot soak water.
After the thirty minutes are up, dry feet then wash with warm soapy water, dry again then brush the bottoms of feet with a natural fiber foot brush. Only use 100% aloe vera after you are finished. Lotions with additives will leech impurities back into your system after a foot detox.
This detox should be done daily for one week. Then twice a week for 30 days. Then once a week for regular maintenance.”
I personally was just happy to soak my feet in this solution. It really did do wonders for my tired, aching feet….but if it got rid of some impurities at the same time…then I say RIGHT ON! ;-)
A couple of GREAT additions from comments below:
Charon May 14, 2012 at 6:26 am
- Try putting some peppermint, basil and rosemary essential oils in as well. The peppermint is cooling, the basil is warming and the rosemary is anti-viral/anti-fungal!
Jamie May 14, 2012 at 8:01 am
- Add marbles into your container and roll your feet over them for a massage. Works great!