Peppermint is a herb that is easy to grow and has a number of uses. This herb has a long tradition of medicinal use. Peppermint is well known for digestive aid. In aromatherapy, peppermint is considered as an invigorating scent.
This herb is also used in manufacturing some shampoos, soaps and skin care products. The methanol present in peppermint is the main source of the cooling sensation. Methanol activates mucosal tissues as well as cold sensitive TRPM8 receptors in human skin, nourishing the skin and creating a refreshing tingle. This beneficial herb also has mild antiseptic, antifungal and deodorizing properties, and this is the reason that this herb is widely used in making foot scrubs. You can buy a peppermint foot scrub from your nearest bath or drug store, or you can make your own yummy smelling, skin softening peppermint foot scrub at home, using simple household ingredients.
Things you would need when making your own peppermint foot scrub are, Peppermint leaves, Epsom salt, olive oil, a few drops of peppermint essential oil and a liquid castile soap. This scrub is perfect for the mother-to-be or a soccer mummy, who is constantly on the go.
- 1 cup fine sea salt or Epsom salt
- ¼ cup olive oil (you can use any of grape seed and sweet almond oil as well)
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup dried peppermint leaves (If you don’t have dried peppermint leaves on hand, you can also use from peppermint tea bag)
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Liquid castile soap (as required)
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Large size mixing bowl
- Air-tight storing jar
- Plastic gloves