Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pretty Those Feet With This Great Homemade Soak Also With Aromatherapy and Health Benefits!


Of course, it is always easier to buy commercial foot care products.  However, I have a fabulous recipe that you might want to try because it amazing for soaking your feet. This Epsom salt soak is excellent for several reasons besides softening rough skin on your feet to pretty them up.  Magnesium sulfate can help draw toxins out while also having a calming effect on the nervous system, aids in relieving swelling, and is fantastic way to relax sore muscles.  

You will need a basin and about a gallon of warm water or so that will be able to cover your feet.  Measure about 3/4 cup Epsom salt or more depending on how much water you pour into the basin or tub where you plan to do your soaking.

Next, I suggest pour a few drops of essential oil for a dose of aromatherapy as you treat your feet.

Lavender Essential Oil is wonderful for bringing on relaxation when you soak.  Start with about three or four drops and feel that tension leaving. 

When your muscles feel achy from overdoing, you might want to add the same amount of Rosemary Essential Oil to your soak.  Another excellent soothing oil is Peppermint. 

Tea Tree Essential Oil is a disinfectant and can help with healing a variety of foot problems like blisters to athletes foot.  This oil also can also help with itching from insect bites.

Instead of using essential oils, you can use dried herbs or flower petals from your garden to add to that simple soak.  Dried lavender or rose petals provide beautiful fragrance.  Then again, dried rosemary or mint is also fantastic and quite invigorating to the senses. 

If you don't want to do any aromatherapy, you can also fancy up your soak with some vanilla extract or some ground cinnamon, which are both delightful.

I like to soak over a leisurely cup of coffee early in the morning or when I am really tired.  The soothing water seems to help refresh as well as benefit skin and your senses so you might want to find a time when you need a well-deserved break to schedule in your soak.  I sit and relax until the water loses its warmth.

When you finish your soak, I like to wash my feet with soap and dry before applying any foot scrub or lotion.  By the time you are done with this foot ritual, you will feel so much better and gain softer feet!

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