Last week I took a moment. After a particularly hectic – and high-heeled – day, I sat on my patio under spring-blooming purple blossoms and soaked my feet in one of my all-time favorite Kerstin Florian accessories – our blue-and-white porcelain foot bowl. After filling it with hot water, l poured in some Kräuter Eucalyptus Bath and Kräuter Fuß Salt (a concentrated blend of active minerals and trace elements), immersed both feet and closed my eyes. It was heaven. To my surprise, I awoke to find small hands (well not so small any more) gently swirling the water around my feet. I opened my eyes to see my youngest daughter, Milan, age 7, smiling impishly at me.
I remembered why foot baths are so magical. And humbling. The ceremony of washing feet has a long history, rooted in biblical times, that’s linked to hospitality and welcome. In ancient civilizations, hosts would welcome travelers – arriving in sandals, their feet dusty and dirty – into their homes by first offering them a bowl filled with warm water to wash their feet. Many times, the host would offer the washing as a way to acknowledge and honor the guest’s long journey.
Today in Asia, as well as in our home, shoes are always removed before entering the home as a conscious gesture of leaving the outside world behind. And in many cultures (including Asia), foot baths are used to clear negative energy, stress and anxiety. A number of our Kerstin Florian spas worldwide adhere to this philosophy by starting treatments with a warming foot soak, which is both purifying and relaxing.
Foot baths also offer great beautifying attributes – which can be tailored by season (i.e. warming in winter, detoxifying in spring, exfoliating and moisturizing in autumn and summer) – and done at home. Should you be lucky, like me, to have a child (or spouse or friend) on-hand to help with the washing, bravo. But the following, five-step ritual (recommended once a month) is easily done solo.
For soft, pretty and moisturized summertime feet:
- Fill a large bowl with warm water and add 1/2 a capful of Kräuter Eucalyptus Bath and one sachet of Kräuter Fuß Salt. Eucalyptus is naturally antiseptic, uplifting and purifying.
- Exfoliate the lower legs and feet with Aromatherapy Turkish Body Scrub with eucalyptus.
- Soak feet for 5-10 minutes then gently pat-dry.
- Add a drop of Aromatherapy Myrrh Nail Oil, rich in Vitamin E, to nails to moisturize and strengthen cuticles. Myrrh is an aromatic resin from a family of small, thorny trees.
- Apply a generous amount of moisturizing Kräuter Fuß Balm, a blend of menthol, rosemary, pine and lavender to protect feet and soften cracked heels.
And voila – summer-ready, postcard-pretty feet. See you on the beach!