Usually, I buy a gift for my mother to celebrate Mothering Sunday but this year I decided to make one. Like most mothers, mine spends a lot of time on her feet, running around after the rest of the family, so this stimulating foot cream is the perfect gift!
It is a deeply moisturising cream due to the almond oil, extra-virgin olive oil, and cocoa butter. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect and is a potent muscle relaxant1 – ideal for relieving tired feet.
I have adapted this recipe from one in Neal’s Yard’s Cook, Brew, and Blend Your Own Herbs. It’s a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the process of eliminating artificial products from their skin care routine. (This is not an affiliate link, but simply my honest recommendation.)
Lemon and spearmint infusion
- 1 mug water
- 2 teaspoons dried spearmint or 4 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Place the mint and lemon zest into a mug and cover with boiling water.
- Cover and allow to infuse for 10 minutes.
- Strain and keep in a spray-top bottle.
Foot cream ingredients
- 2 teaspoons cocoa butter
- 2 teaspoons beeswax
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon and spearmint infusion
- 2 teaspoons emulsifying wax
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Melt the cocoa butter, beeswax, almond oil, and olive oil in a bain-marie.
- Gently warm the lemon and spearmint infusion but do not allow to boil. Stir in the emulsifying wax until it has dissolved.
- Remove the oily mixture from the heat and gradually add the infusion. Stir until cool.
- Once cool, add the peppermint essential oil to the cream. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and keep in the fridge.
Source: Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits, Dr. Axe.