DIY Natural Foot Scrub
This DIY natural foot scrub is the perfect last-minute gift – it’s a treat for your feet that only takes a few minutes to make!
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Our feet. They’re aaall the way down there, it’s easy to forget to give them love. This DIY natural foot scrub is ideal for cracked heels, dry skin or just regular old feet. Taking a short moment to make it is already a pleasurable experience in and of itself, but receiving a foot massage with it is absolute bliss! This is your chance to pamper yourself and give your feet a break from their tireless work.
This DIY natural foot scrub is not only a perfect self-care treat, it can also be a special gift for your loved ones. If you’re looking for a gift that takes into account Care for the Earth, Care for People and Fair Share, handcrafted body care products like this one are a good place to start. The ingredients are non-toxic and natural, and you can wrap your gift in reusable fabric. For more ideas on gifts that are environmentally conscious, that support your local economy, and that take into account other permaculture considerations, check out this post by Permaculture Visions: Gifts for a Better World.
What are the ingredients?
Sugar, olive oil & eucalyptus essential oil. Sounds yummy, right? It’s a sugar treat for your feet! The sugar will gently exfoliate your skin and the olive oil will moisturize it. The eucalyptus can help relax sore feet and its antiseptic properties help treat cuts and soothe irritated skin.
Note that Lindsay, our aromatherapy expert from EarthWise Wellness, does not recommend Eucalyptus globulus and radiata essential oils for use on children under the age of 10 due to their 1,8 cineole content.
She also recommends that when choosing essential oils, it’s best to find a company that stores their oils in cool conditions and has a third party GC/MS chemistry report to ensure their purity. The label should indicate both the date of extraction as well as the shelf life. Oils found in food stores and pharmacies will often not fit this criteria. Purchasing from companies such as Aromatics International is a good way to ensure their quality.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients and Materials:
- A mixing bowl
- A small jar (at least 10oz)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Store the mix in your mason jar.
When you’re ready, give yourself an exfoliating and soothing foot massage. Better yet, have your significant other or your friend do it for you! Wash your feet well once you’re done: this is important to make sure you don’t slip and fall. Your feet will be as smooth as ever!
Enjoy your treat and have happy feet!
Christelle & Cristina
Permaculture principles applied:
Unless we are consciously selecting ethical gifts for our loved ones, chances are, those gifts have a detrimental impact on the Earth. Our planet is in crisis and it’s sending us negative feedback (in the forms of biodiversity loss, climate change, etc.). It’s our responsibility to listen to those signals, assess what we are doing wrong – even on a small scale –, to make small changes and adjustments as we go that will minimize the negative impact. If we are purchasing high carbon gifts that contribute to toxic contamination and waste production, then we can start thinking of alternatives: perhaps offering handcrafted gifts made with recycled or non-toxic materials, opting for secondhand gifts, or offering experiences as opposed to gifts, like a massage or a kayaking trip.
By making our own gifts, this contributes to reducing our consumptive behavior. Make sure to store your DIY natural foot scrub in reusable jars and to wrap your gift in reusable fabric or a secondhand basket.
Before rushing off to the store to see what gifts to buy your loved ones, pause and ask yourself whether there’s a nice gift you could make them right at home with items you already have on hand. Making your own DIY natural foot scrub as opposed to picking up a quick gift from the store is a small solution – but it is these small tweaks to the system that cause great change and produce more sustainable outcomes. (And this particular DIY project is actually a quick solution – in 5 minutes you’ll be done!)
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