Have you tried treating your feet with herbal foot soaks?
This is a secret we discovered a few years ago that seems like such a little thing, and yet it can have a really big effect. A simple foot soak can feel like a luxury, but they also have great health benefits. They relieve soreness and remove dead skin.
And by the way … they’re just as good for Daddies too!
The fact is that we tend to take our feet for granted. When you think about it, though, they’re the foundation for our entire body. We stand on them all day long, and rely on them as our most basic and constant form of transportation.
They have to continually support our whole body weight, while in too many cases they are subjected to poor, unsupportive footwear (and even high heeled shoes on those special occasions we manage to get out and want to dress up).
It’s no wonder they can be aching by the end of a day chasing little ones around …
But soreness may be just the first indicator of longer term and bigger problems. Poor footwear choices and neglecting basic care can lead to ingrown toenails, chronic back pain, sore knees and even misaligned hips.
You should really think about those footwear choices, particularly if you spend a lot of time on hard surfaces, like concrete or tile.
Another wonderful way to care for your feet are regular DIY foot soaks in the comfort of your own home. They will make those sore feet feel loved, and relax your whole body.
What You’ll Need for Luxurious Foot Soaks
1. A Basin
It need not be any special foot spa, or anything like that. You can just use any small wash tub, basin, or plastic container; even a large bucket will do. Just try to find something large enough so that you don’t have to bunch up your toes to fit.
2. A Kettle or Pot
You need something to boil water to fill up your foot bath. (Of course, be careful to let the water cool, and test the temperature so you don’t burn your feet!)
3. Epsom Salts
This is the main ingredient in good foot soaks. Epsom Salts are widely available at pharmacies and most grocery stores. They’re not expensive, and you can buy them in bulk quantities that should last you quite a while. These salts are so very relaxing, and at the same time they are therapeutic for drawing out toxins and impurities from your system.
4. Select Herbs
Choosing fragrant herbs will help make the experience of foot soaks even more enjoyable and relaxing, and some herbs can help combat foot odor or chronic sweaty feet.
We recommend the following that you might choose to try first: cinnamon, mint leaves, chamomile, orange or lemon pieces, sage, rosemary, lavender or thyme.
5. Essential Oils
These can be very invigorating. Try peppermint, sweet orange, frankicense and eucalyptus.
You should soak your feet for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
6. A Towel
Don’t forget to have a towel at the ready (preferably a big, luxurious, fluffy one!) Nothing will spoil a relaxing foot soak like having to walk precariously across the house to get a towel, while trying not to slip.
7. A Good Lotion
Follow up by massaging in some quality aloe-based foot lotion, and your feet will feel wonderful, and ready to get back to their daily work of carrying you everywhere you need to go.
So, if you haven’t had one recently, try giving those deserving feet a little pampering with a good herbal soak! You can also head out to a salon for a foot massage (which is also wonderful), but the DIY version doesn’t take a lot of preparation, time or money, and you can enjoy them in the privacy of your own home.
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