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Monday, December 1, 2014

Easy Gift From The Kitchen

working in the medical field I know that my co-workers will love this. There are many days that we go home with aching feet so a good foot soak would be an awesome gift. Think about yourself and your friends the holidays can be a very stressful time and a time where we are on our feet more than usual. Relax a bit with a foot soak and enjoy the moment.



Peppermint and Lemon Foot Soak

recipe from Or So She Says…

1 cup sea salt (a great alternative would be Kosher salt)
1 cup Epsom salt (usually found in the personal care/pharmacy aisle)
2 Tbsp peppermint tea (Be careful not to confuse this with “peppermint flavored” tea: the tea should be 100% peppermint leaves. Tip: if you can’t find it in bulk, buy a box of tea-bags, cut them open and measure!)
4 tsp pure peppermint extract
3 tsp pure lemon extract
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda

Combine the sea salt and Epsom salt in your mixing bowl. When the two salts are completely blended, add olive oil, peppermint extract and lemon extract. Stir each time you add an ingredient, making sure to break apart any large chunks of salt with your spoon. Once these liquid ingredients have been fully incorporated, your salt mixture will look like moist sand (and it will smell pretty good too!). Now it’s time to add the cornstarch and baking soda. Again, blend thoroughly, breaking apart any large clumps of baking soda or salt.  Almost done! Now add the final ingredient – the peppermint leaves. (I add this last, because I’ve found that adding them early in the process causes the leaves to bruise and give off their green color to the salt.) Stir the leaves in until they are fully blended with the salt mixture. Go ahead and take a deep breath while you’re at it – it should have a very refreshing scent!

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