Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. If you have a medical problem, please consult someone who actually is a doctor 😉
There’s nothing worse than dry, cracked feet. And it must run in our family – my granddad’s were always like that, the same with my mom’s, and well, mine aren’t that bad (much better since I no longer live in flip flops anymore 🙂 ), but they do need the occasional help. Which is why I was so excited to make this foot salve; Mom was even more excited, lol.
It’s easy, and perfect for feet. Rub a little on your feet before bedtime and cover them in cotton socks and it works like a dream. [Want to try our foot salve? You can purchase a 2 oz container of it from our Etsy shop, here.]
114 grams Lanolin Oil
88 grams infused Olive Oil
84 grams Beeswax Pastilles
48 grams Shea Butter
24 grams Grapeseed Oil
22 grams Cocoa Butter
4 grams Vitamin E Oil
2 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
2 grams Tea Tree Essential Oil
2 grams Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Before I even start, I make sure all of my equipment is clean, and I spray the inside of the metal tins with a little rubbing alcohol.
1) First off, infuse the olive oil with rosemary and chamomile. There are two ways you can do this: 1) By adding rosemary and chamomile to a jar of olive oil and allowing it to set for several weeks or 2) By gently heating the olive oil with the rosemary and chamomile in it on top of the stove on medium-low heat. Allow the oil to lightly simmer for five or so minutes, then remove it from the heat and set aside so it can cool completely.
No matter which method you chose, make sure to strain the olive oil well (I used cheesecloth folded in two, but a coffee filter would work, too).
2) Measure out and melt the lanolin oil, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, grapeseed oil, and cocoa butter by using a double boiler on top of the stove.
3) Once all those ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and add the vitamin E oil, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils. Stir very well to make sure it’s all combined.
4) Now, pour the mixture into each of the metal tins, leaving the lids off until the mixture becomes solid.
This recipe yields almost seven full 2 ounce containers of salve.
Why these ingredients?
All of the ingredients in this foot salve are known for certain, special benefits that they impart. Here are a few of those benefits:
Rosemary: Known for having antiseptic and antioxidant properties, and for helping soothe arthritis pain, strains, and bruises, as well as, being great for skin.
Chamomile: Wonderful for relaxation and stress relief, plus it’s great for flaky skin.
Lanolin Oil: Lanolin is extremely moisturizing and is easily absorbed into skin where it both hydrates and provides a protective barrier. Also known for being an anti-fungal and antibacterial agent.
Olive Oil: Easily absorbed and wonderfully moisturizing, hence it’s one of the main oils we use in soap making. High in oleic acid and is a good skin cell regenerator.
Beeswax: Excellent emollient and provides protection for the skin. Also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Shea Butter: A quick absorbing, ultra moisturizing butter that is wonderful for dry skin and great for providing a protective barrier.
Grapeseed Oil: A light, easily absorbed oil that is known for having mild astringent properties.
Cocoa Butter: Wonderful at moisturizing and providing a protective barrier for skin.
Vitamin E: Helps to prevent oils from oxidizing, plus it’s great for skin.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Has antiseptic and astringent properties and produces a cooling effect.
Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antiseptic properties.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Has antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-fungal properties. Beneficial for treating skin conditions and helping relax muscles.