Since my children have stopped napping I’m experimenting with different “quiet time” rituals.
Both of them love looking at books, listening to guided imageries and enjoying relaxing foot baths after lunch (I highly recommend any of these to their parents too).
How to Set up your Own Home Foot Spa:
1. Prepare everything you need for the foot soak: a large bowl (or baby bath) filled with warm water, maybe a towel underneath to protect the floor from splashes and a small chair for your child to sit on.
2. Have herbs, salts, oils, essential oils, towels, massage oils and warm socks ready before you start.
3. If you have two kids they can both sit in front of each other using the same bath.
4. Now your children can place their feet into the warm water. Let them sprinkle or pour one ingredient at a time into the bath, smelling them individually.
5. Once they are done you can dry their feet and use a few drops of massage oil on their feet (if they want): almond or olive oil mixed with 1 drop of an essential oil.
6. Put on warm socks and have a cuddle on the couch.
Simple Recipes to Try:
Mediterranean Sunshine Foot Soak (as shown in the pictures – this one is rather uplifting so probably better after quiet time): Olive oil (1 tbsp), a few sprigs of thyme (crushed with your fingers), a sprinkle of sea salt (optional), a few slices of lemon and 3 drops of bergamot essential oil.
Relaxing Cleopatra Foot Soak: Milk (1/2 cup), Honey (1 tsp) & Lavender (3 drops essential oil)
Refreshing Sweet & Sour Foot Soak: Honey (1 tsp), Apple Cider Vinegar (1/2 tbsp) & lemon essential oil (or a squeeze of real lemon juice)
Simple Foot Scrub (for yourself): 1 tbsp Brown Sugar or Sea Salt, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 1 tbsp Baking Soda and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice.
Experiment with different scents you have at home:
Essential oils: orange (uplifting) and chamomile (relaxing) can also be nice for children.
Herbs & Spices: Rosemary, thyme, nasturtium, calendula flowers and rose petals could be fun to add. Ground ginger or cinnamon warms on a cold and misty day.
Don’t forget to decide on a day this week when you give yourself a relaxing foot bath too… Enjoy.