Red Clover and Lavender Botanical Foot Soak

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Ever since the late second trimester of my pregnancy with Tessa (over two years ago now!), there has been an epic and ongoing battle between me and my feet.
With Tessa, I came down with a bad case of edema. The only way I can really describe the way my feet and ankles swelled up is: John Travolta in drag in the movie Hairspray. Yeah, that’s the best I can do.
So anyway, there I was, waddling around on overstuffed sausage feet with no discernible ankle to speak of, and none of my shoes would fit. At all. I couldn’t squeeze a single pair on. So I had to buy some stretchy slippers with hard soles as makeshift shoes. I bought two pairs and wore them from around Week 28 to delivery (and even a couple of weeks post pregnancy). But mostly, I just went barefoot whenever possible.
Which resulted in some horribly cracked heels and dry, icky feet. I am STILL in the process of fixing my feet that bear the battle scars of perpetual barefootedness. I am slowly winning this war I have declared on my cracked heels, and one of the biggest tools that I have found is foot soaks! I am having fun mixing up soaks with some of my favorite ingredients, so you guys KNEW it was only a matter of time before I made a red clover soak, hehe!

How to Make

1 Gallon of Filtered Water
4 Tea Bags of Red Clover
1 Cup of Epsom Salts
5-10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Bring your filtered water to a boil, and then steep the Red Clover tea bags in the water for 5 minutes. Add the Epsom Salts and Lavender Essential Oil, stirring till dissolved. When cool enough, immerse your feet in the soak for 20 to 30 minutes, then use a pumice stone to work away the dry areas. Cover your feet in foot lotion and put socks on to lock in the moisture. Simple, relaxing and easy!

Why These Ingredients

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, epsom salt has numerous health benefits.
Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making epsom salt baths and foot soaks an easy and ideal way to enjoy the health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. The sulfates in the epsom salt also help improve the absorption of nutrients and help flush toxins from the body.

Red Clover

Herbal infusions have been used for centuries long before the advent of over the counter skin products, and have been the go-to method since the dawn of time to naturally keep skin beautiful, healthy and glowing.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a wild, leguminous, perennial herb that is native to the meadows of Europe, Western Asia and Africa, and has now been naturalized here in the US of A. The entire plant, from the sweet tasting, tiny pink flowers to the leafy greens are edible and can be used to make sweet herbal tea for botanical rinses and therapeutic purposes.
Red Clover is a natural anti-inflammatory, and traditionally, red clover ointments have been applied to the skin to treat psoriasis, eczema, and other rashes. It is a storehouse of many vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, such as calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.
When steeped to make a tea or herbal infusion, Red Clover is rich in isoflavones. Red Clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens (known collectively as phytoestrogens). These isoflavones work to make skin soft and help prevent skin irritations and inflammation. Red Clover also just smells GREAT!

Lavender Essential Oil

This ingredient is mostly thrown in for the pleasant smell (it pairs really well with Red Clover), but it hosts it’s own benefits for cleansing, beautifying skin and aromatherapy!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.
Lavender Essential Oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal.
As for aromatherapy benefits, Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.

The soak softened my feet enough to remove a good layer of dead skin, and my feet have a decidedly tingly feeling, even hours after the soak. I’m planning on doing a weekly soak, and moisturizing nightly till I get my feet back to presentable shape. This battle is almost won!! ^_^

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

43 thoughts on “Red Clover and Lavender Botanical Foot Soak

  • 1 January, 2016 at 11:59 pm
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    Sounds amazing – thanks for the recipe!

    Happy new year 🙂

    xoxox,
    CC

    • 2 January, 2016 at 1:17 am
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      <3 <3 Happy New Year! <3

  • 2 January, 2016 at 2:07 am
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    These super- grear recipes.
    thank you for sharing.
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    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:03 am
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      Of course! Ill go follow you now! <3

  • 2 January, 2016 at 3:33 am
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    Oooh, I have GOT to try this! And, I have all the ingredients. Score! 🙂

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:04 am
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      Does not surprise me you do!! Cuz youre AWESOME!!! <3

  • 2 January, 2016 at 3:48 am
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    Gingi, I made a promise to care for my feet more, esoecially while my leg is healing… my feet had become very dried and cracked with all the walking… I’m going to try this foot soak out at least once a week xox

    Happy New Year to you and your family ♡

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:05 am
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      Ohhh, we should hold each other accountable and see if we can tackle feet teamwork style!!

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:07 am
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      <3

  • 2 January, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    I remember reading about your ‘battle with your cracked feet’ before, it is still ongoing, huh? Feet – we use and abuse them all the time, so we really should treat them more. Your soaking bath sounds fantastic. As someone who loves to walk around barefoot whenever and wherever I can, I know a bit about foot abuse. And then last year my foot injury… I think I am going to see if I can find some red clover tea now 🙂

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:07 am
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      Yup! It got better, then I just let them go with the second pregnancy.. but I really do mean war now! Serious!!!!

  • 2 January, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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    This sounds oh-so-good right about now for those winter-bound feet. Lavender revives, doesn’t it?

    ;-}

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:08 am
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      YES! Its one of my favorites!

  • 2 January, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    I can’t relate to the edema, but I can relate to ugly feet. Mine look horrible in the winter because nobody sees them. 😉 Thanks for this awesome post, you’ve convinced me to take better care of my feet and I’m sure my husband will thank you-haha!

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:09 am
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      Feet are often neglected.. I think everyone could stand to take better care of their feet!

  • 2 January, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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    I have never used red clover before, but I think I probably should start. This looks fabulous. Feet are so important 🙂

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:09 am
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      You need to!!!

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:15 am
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      You too sweetie! Happy New Year!

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:15 am
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      <3

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:19 am
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      HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  • 3 January, 2016 at 12:52 am
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    Happy New Year darling! This sounds great <3

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:20 am
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      <3

  • 3 January, 2016 at 2:47 am
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    Yes to this! Many times, my feet go by the wayside in the winter. No more! I’ll be going to Florida soon and I need some TLC.

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:22 am
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      Ohhhh, didnt you go to Florida earlier this year? I remember seeing some amazing photos from you…

  • 3 January, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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    I’m not familiar with red clover, but I need a foot soak badly right now. Awesome post! Happy 2016, dear! xoxo

    • 3 January, 2016 at 3:00 pm
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      Happy New Year!! <3

  • 3 January, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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    Thanks for the ‘recipe’. I really should try a foot soak more often because I have bad feet and really dry/cracked heels.

    • 4 January, 2016 at 1:12 am
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      For some reason, feet soaks work WAY better for me than a simple shower.. no idea why…

    • 4 January, 2016 at 1:13 am
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      Me too!! haha!! Happy 2016!!

  • 4 January, 2016 at 1:02 am
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    This soak sounds wonderful! I need to try this 🙂

    • 4 January, 2016 at 1:13 am
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      Please do, and let me know what you think!! <3

    • 6 January, 2016 at 3:12 pm
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      Yeah, winter is NOT kind to my feet!

    • 6 January, 2016 at 3:14 pm
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      Yeah, that stuff is magical!

  • 21 January, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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    I love lavender! This sounds perfect for this cold weather. Thanks for sharing.

  • 24 February, 2016 at 10:05 am
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    Thanks for the informative information…. definitely I will try this 🙂

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