Today, a soothing foot cream that you can make, package and present to Mom all wrapped up with a ribbon. The cream is rich in cocoa butter and apricot kernel oil to soften and moisturize feet while the heavenly scent of roses stimulates the senses. Added bonus: lemon essential oil and honey mildly antifungal just in case. All the ingredients are easy to find in health food stores and/or the organic sections of many large markets.
2 tbsps cocoa butter
2 tbsps apricot kernel oil
1 tbsp beeswax ganules
1 tbsp vegetable glycerine
1 tsp honey
10 drops rose essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
Put the first three ingredients in a double boiler and melt together over simmering water. Remove from the heat and stir in glycerine and honey until mixed thoroughly. Add essential oils and mix well.
Pour your foot balm into a wide-mouthed, shallow glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and allow to cool before sealing. This formula is quite thick when it cools. Simply scooping a palm full out and rubbing it between your hands will soften it to a workable consistency.
This foot balm is perfect for a relaxing foot massage (consider treating Mom to same while she enjoys a mimosa on the veranda or by the fireplace). It’s also great to apply to clean feet before slipping on some cotton socks and heading off to bed. Maybe a nice pair of socks would go well with your gift, too. A votre santé ~
Header: Maternal Kiss by Mary Cassatt c 1896