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DIY Epsom Salt Foot Soak

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Shhhhh! I’m releasing a secret a little early! I always make something with my students for Mother’s Day, and this year I wanted to post about it beforehand to give others some ideas!

So, moms of my students, you have two choices: don’t read this until after Mother’s Day, or act surprised and delighted when your child gives their gift to you!

I’ve made several different gifts over the years. We’ve made necklaces out of washers (they turned out super cute!), painted terra cotta pots and planted flowers, and made sugar scrubs.

This year, I was so excited because I was going to let the kids choose their own essential oils to put in an epsom salt foot soak for their moms! I told them what we were going to do Monday morning, and I would be surprised if someone didn’t spill the beans already!

Epsom salts are great for sore, tired feet. Baking soda is great to soften skin and balance pH levels. And essential oils smell great and can have various effects on our bodies and mood.

I had to mix up some of this foot soak and try it out before I made this with my kiddos. I mean, soaking my feet in warm water and Epsom salts as blog research…that’s my kind of work!

This is so simple to make! And you can put it in pretty much any glass jar you have available. I found cute half pint jars at Walmart.

The base is just 2 parts Epsom salts to 1 part baking soda. For a half pint jar, I used 1/2 cup Epsom salts and 1/4 cup baking soda. For a pint of foot soak, I would recommend 1 cup Epsom salts and 1/2 cup of baking soda. It won’t fill the whole jar, but it will allow room to stir the mixture.

Rather than letting my students just choose essential oils at will, I plan to give them a few choices of blends. For a relaxing foot soak, I used 3 drops each of lavender, marjoram, and bergamot.

For a more herbal blend, I’m going to use 3 drops each of peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus.

I thought citrus might be fun, so I plan to use 3 drops each of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, and lemon.

There are a bunch of moms in my class that thoroughly enjoy their coffee, so I figured I would throw 8 drops of coffee essential oil as an option as well!

I just used a plastic spoon to carefully stir the oils into the salt and baking soda. I only made a little bit of a mess on the table, which is pretty impressive for me!

To use this foot soak, just add 1/4 cup of the mixture to a bucket of hot water and swish around with your feet to dissolve.

I didn’t have just one bucket big enough for both feet so I used two plastic containers that I use to organize my shelves at school. I added 1/8 cup Epsom salt mixture to each bin.

I soaked my feet for about 30 minutes. After about 15-20 minutes, the water started cooling down, but I just took my feet out of the water for a few seconds and it felt warm again.

You can adjust the soaking time as much as suits you. I am not a foot soaking professional, by any means! If you are uncomfortable with the essential oils, you can simply leave them out.

I am so excited to make this with my students, and they are super excited to make this gift and give it to their moms as well!

Even though this gift is simple to make, what you are really giving your mom is 20 minutes to sit and relax, which in a mom’s world, means a lot!

Epsom Salt Foot Soak

Half pint jar

                                                                             1/2 cup Epsom salts

                                                                             1/4 cup baking soda

                                                                          8-10 drops essential oils

Here is another idea for Mother’s Day: lava bead diffuser earrings.

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