A couple of years ago hubby asked if I could make something for his dry, tired feet.
I went right to work! I did some research and whipped up a foot balm that contained (as far as I can remember) coconut oil and essential oils. It was good stuff! Unfortunately I lost my notes almost immediately and couldn't replicate what I'd done. The moral of the story is to take good notes when you do something, and don't lose them.
That batch is gone now. In the winter my heels are terribly dry and this year is no exception. So I gave up looking for those missing notes and made a new batch from scratch.
I used tea tree essential oil for its anti-fungal properties and peppermint essential oil because it is good for circulation. Since I use this at bedtime, the lavender essential oil is relaxing and calming. The rest of the ingredients - lard, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E - are all moisturizing and very good for dry skin. Lard is easily absorbed into our skin. If you prefer not to use lard, you can double the amount of coconut oil instead.
As soon as you scoop some of this balm onto your fingers it begins to warm up and is so easy to apply. I didn't add a lot of beeswax to the balm - I don't like a waxy texture - but you can add more if you wish. That's the beauty of making your own, you can customize it to your liking.
This time I also whipped the balm with my stick blender. I love how it turned out: creamy, rich and luxurious. The trick is to use a straight-sided container when you whip it. I used an empty and clean salsa jar, which has a wide mouth, straight sides, and is wide enough for my stick blender to fit inside.
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup lard
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil (affiliate link)
1/8 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (affiliate link)
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
2 Tbsp beeswax pellets (affiliate link)
Start by melting the beeswax, lard and coconut oil in a double boiler. I use a tin can set in a pan of hot water; I used a needle-nose pliers to bend a "spout" into it for easy pouring.
Spoon into a container and let the mixture cool completely before adding the lid. It's that easy.
Massage the balm into your feet at bedtime, especially into dry, cracked heels. Slip on a pair of socks, and by morning your tired, achy feet are ready for a new day and your cracked, dry heels are on the way to "healthy and smooth."
Why not share this post with someone who spends a lot of time on their feet? They'll thank you for it!
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