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Harvesting Early Herbs for the Soles

MintOne of the first herbs to come up in our balcony garden was mint. One of my favorite "green" spa recipes for this easy to grow herb is a lovely foot bath. Here's what to do:

  • Pick a handful of fresh mint leaves (any type will do like spearmint or peppermint)
  • Cut 5 – 6 springs of fresh rosemary (fresh from the store will do)
  • In a saucepan on the stove heat one cup (250 ml) of milk on low heat, add herbs
  • After 15 minutes, pour mixture into a big bowl (enough to soak your feet)
  • Top bowl up with cool water until you have the temperature you want
  • Finally add 6 drops of peppermint essential oil, stir and insert tired feet!

Ingredient low down:
Milk — soothes itchy and dry skin
Peppermint herb and oil — antibacterial, antiseptic helping control the spread of bacteria on the skin's surface. Very refreshing and invigorating.
Rosemary herb — antibacterial and invigorating

— Suzuki's Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter
See more recipes at queenofgreen.ca