It’s a busy time of year, but you can still be nice to your feet this season. All but one of the recipes below use common kitchen ingredients and don’t take much time. The last recipe is for the solid lotion bar Sophie Mae makes in Lye in Wait.
Soothing: Mix together one part apple cider vinegar to two parts plain yogurt. Rub all over feet, leave for five minutes and rinse.
Refreshing: Combine equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and massage into your feet for five minutes before taking a bath or shower.
For dry feet: Mix a Tablespoon of bran with three Tablespoons of very strong chamomile tea. Rub into feet for five minutes, rinse and moisturize.
Or -- dry foot vinaigrette: Shake together equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and olive oil in a jar, and massage into the soles of your feet.
Cracked toenails: Wheat germ oil is great for cracked toenails. Rub it in at night and cover with socks.
And finally, another way to sooth dry feet is to use Sophie Mae’s solid lotion bar. To make one, melt together two ounces each of beeswax, solid cocoa butter and solid coconut oil and pour the mixture into something relatively bar-shaped. I use a one-cup measuring cup when making a single serving (so to speak). Allow to cool and unmold either by freezing and tapping the bar out onto the counter or by running the mold under hot water and allowing the bar to slide out.
You’ll have to go to a health food store to find solid cocoa butter and a craft store for beeswax (or order them online). Solid coconut oil can be found in the baking section of most chain grocery stores.
If you use non-deodorized cocoa butter, the white-chocolate scent combines wonderfully with the smell of the coconut oil. Mmm…