Soaking your feet in warm water is quite a stress reliever. It releases all our tensions and soothes the body. But do you know feet soaking can cater to diseases like cold, flu, aches and fatigue? Soaking your feet in hot water for 15-20minutes can do wonders for you. Moreover, foot soaks don’t require special salons or professions but can be done with easy household stuff with little expense. Feet soaking not just stimulates blood circulation but also provides great benefits to mind and body.
Here we are going to let you know about different feet soaks, how they are made and how beneficial they are:
A foot bath for swollen feet
The problem feet is quite common these days. Swollen feet could be the result of certain lifestyle factors such as over weight, decrease in blood circulation or water retention. Swollen feet can be easily treated with warm water. It is important to make sure the water is not too hot but accurate for your feet. For this, you need 2 separate buckets of hot and cold water. First you will have to put your feet in hot water for 10-15minutes and then in cold water for another 10 minutes, and then again in hot water for 5minutes. This will get your feet back to normal as the procedure completes.
A foot bath for feet odor
Sweaty feet can be the reason for odor and itching. This foot bath will make your feet less sweaty and odor free. To prepare this foot bath take a half filled hot water bucket and add one lemon, one lime and one orange to it. Then add 4 drops of peppermint oil, 4 drops of tea tree oil and 3tsp of baking soda. Soak your feet for about half an hour and then pat it dry. Your feet will remain fresh throughout the day on taking this foot bath twice a week.
A foot bath for relieving stress
After a long tiring day when we come home we just want to relax and soothe ourselves. What’s better than taking a stress relieving foot bath to wash off all your tensions. Soak your feet in a bucket full of warm water with a soothing Epsom salt of your choice. Also add 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil to it for a more relaxing foot spa. Soak your feet for 30 minutes in this water and enjoy a glass of wine along to feel the magic.
A foot bath for the numb and tired body
Does your body refuse to function as you come back home from work? Because of long hours of sitting at one place, our body gets stiff and tired. This foot bath is a charge up for you. It has proved to be very effective. Taking a half a bucket of water, add 2tsp of Epsom, 1tsp of baking soda, 1tsp of extra virgin olive oil and a herb of your choice (parsley, rosemary or mint). This foot bath will make your feet beautiful and your body all charged up.
A foot bath for sore muscles
Having sore or painful calves is the result of too much exertion. Sore muscles make the legs restless due to which an individual is unable to sleep. This foot bath will soothe your sore joints and will bring relief to your muscles and will calm your mind and body for a good night sleep. Take half a bucket of water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt, 2tsp of bathing soda and about 6 drops of lavender essential oils. Soak your feet for about 15-30 minutes and it will relieve all the pain.
A foot bath for dry skin
Long hours of walk, wearing socks and heels can make your feet dry with skin cracks. This foot bath will remove all the dead skin cells and will make the skin extra soft and pretty. Simply take half a bucket of warm water and add 2-3 tsp of baking soda in it. Soak your feet in the mixture for about 10-15 minutes and then pat dry. Apply plenty of petroleum jelly. This bath must be repeated for at least thrice a week for visible results.
A multi-purpose foot bath
Take half a bucket of cold water and add one part vinegar of two parts of water in it. Let your feet sit in the mixture for about 10-15 minutes. This simple foot bath works great for swollen feet and ankle, dry and cracked skin, reduces foot odor and removes toenail fungus. This is a simple and multi-purpose foot bath.
A foot bath for stiffness
Working all week long can make your feet stiff and sore. This is a refreshing foot bath that will waken all the stiffness in your feet. To prepare this foot bath, you can add cucumber juice or cover your feet with cucumber slices and dip it into mild water for about 20-30 minutes. Cucumbers are super refreshing and work great for stiffness too.
Foot baths are surely not the substitutes to medicines or medical treatments, but they do their bit in providing you comforts. They are super easy to try at home with zero side effects. Foot baths are addictive and you will just love it!