Monday, February 11, 2013

DIY Rosemary Foot Soak & Olive Oil Scrub

So I got this crazy thought, that it might be nicer for me (and my fellow gym-goers) if my feet got a little extra attention. You know, every once in a while. I find it really challenging doing anything to my feet during winter, since they're tightly shoved into boots all the time anyway. I should, though, and it would be so easy to just do while I watch some tv show I'm gonna watch anyways!

So, I've noticed a few articles about using epsom salt in foot soaks, and started digging. Turns out it will soothe aches, eliminate smells and softens up rough skin. Sounds promising! I wanted "something more", though. I read that lemon will have a cleansing effect, for example removing dead skin cells, so that went in there. I think lemon and rosemary go well together, and since we have a rosemary plant on our terrace I added those. I just love the smell of rosemary!

My feet feel so happy right now, why don't you give it a go?
(The epsom salt package says not to use it in a foot bath in some cases, read the package!)

How to:

First, make the scrub! Just mix together 1 part olive oil, 3 parts epsom salt (I bought mine at Target Pharmacy for about 3 dollars, and it's huge!).

The soak:

Boil a few branches of rosemary in water for a couple of minutes.

Slice up 2 lemons in whatever it is you're using as the "bath" for your feet.

Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt. Add warm  water and the rosemary water (remember it's hot!).

Soak feet for 15 minutes; read a magazine, surf the amazing treasures at Pinterest or watch your favorite show.

Dry off a bit, and then go over your rough patches with a pumice stone (I used the Bathery's Luxury Pumice Stone).

After that, scrub with your olive oil scrub. It's gonna be slippery! Please do it sitting? 

Rinse. Wash with some soap.

Put some thick cream or body butter on your feet, and put on 1-2 pairs of cotton socks after that.

(Body Shop's Brazil Nut is my go-to whenever I have dry skin)


Is there another good bath scent combo I should know about? Favorites?


  1. Mint leaves and tea tree oil are both deodorizers and go with lemon and rosemary very nicely. Also, why wash off the olive oil scrub with soap??? Rinse well and pat dry. You might not even need cream before putting on your socks :)

    1. That's true! I guess I wanted one last "cleansing thing" before I was done :)


  2. a few drops of Lavendar essential oil in scrub and in the soak would go well with the lemon and rosemary. Can't wait to get home to try this! I think I'll also try it with mint and limes.

    1. Oh yeah, mojito foot bath sounds good :)

  3. Can you put this in a jar for a gift or will it go bad?

    1. Hi Hope!

      I would think that you could put the scrub in a jar (why not add some good smelling oil?).

      I've done gift scrub jars once using sea salt, coloring and some good smelling oil from a health store, but I haven't tried to put the sugar version in a jar.


  4. Replies
    1. Yay! I should, too :S it's been too long!

  5. This was made in 2013, but I just tried this and it was amazing! I didn't have fresh rosemary so I settled for the oil, and it seemed to work fine. I added in lavender and tea tree oil as well. My feet feel very clean and It's just what I needed as we head into spring!