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At – Home Spa Series – 4

December 23, 2015

The Healing Benefits of Foot Baths

No spa treatment of mine is complete without a herbal foot bath.Detoxifying the body with a foot bath helps to release toxins that have built up in the body from foods, drinks and pollution.Soaking your feet in a basin of soothing herbal infusion and salts is more than relaxing, it’s potent medicine. There are lots of capillaries ending on the feet that can serve as little highways of health to the rest of the body.

From experience they do have amazing therapeutic effects on the body.

Benefits

  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Increases and absorbs magnesium and other minerals
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Relieves muscle aches and pain
  • Neutralises foot odors

Basic Salts

The most classic salts to use in the bath/soaks are Epsom Salt and Sea Salt. However, there are many more options available. You can also blend salts together to enhance the properties of your Bath/soak Salts.

Himalayan Pink salt – Is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses.It also provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, and increases circulation.

Dead Sea Salt -The Dead Sea yields some of the most mineral rich salt found on Earth and hence very beneficial to the body.

Dendritic Salt – Dendritic salts are salts that are used by artisans to help promote and enhance the aromatics that are added to bath salts.used as an additive, Dendritic Salt is special because of its unique structure.Adding Dendiritic Salt to your Bath Salt recipe can help stabilize the aroma, color, and texture of your salts and prevent it from becoming clumpy overtime.To incorporate Dendritic Salt into your Bath Salt recipe, try adding it at around 5% of your total recipe. Aromatic Additives such as Essential Oils should be added directly to the Dendritic Salt before being mixed with the other recipe ingredients.

Bolivian Pink Salt – Is a crystal rock salt harvested by hand from ancient rock salt beds discovered under the Andes Mountain region of Bolivia. Bolivian Pink Salt has a beautiful rosy-pink, speckled hue and the salts help to re-mineralize the skin, balance moisture content, improve circulation and draw toxins out from the skin.

Epsom Salt – Also known as Magnesium sulphate this Salt is a great choice for basic bath salts, foot soaks, medicinal baths, and sore muscle soaks as Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.

Icelandic Geo thermal Brine Salt – Is a soft, white powdery salt that dissolves instantly in water and leaves skin feeling silky soft. It is harvested from one of the world’s purest water reservoirs. This geo-thermal brine (sea water) comes from a steaming hot pool found 1 mile below the earth’s surface in Iceland. The brine is drawn up and then heated by the natural geo-thermal steam until all the water has evaporated, leaving behind only the clean, pure salt. The harvested salt is rich in silica and essential trace elements but contains 60% less sodium than regular sea salt.

Sea Salt – Naturally harvested sea salt is a general purpose salt that contains minerals, helps draw toxins from the skin and soothes sore muscles.

Herbs/essential oils that can be used in footbaths include:

  • Chamomile: Calms sore, swollen feet.
  • Eucalyptus: Invigorating and deodorizing.
  • Ginger root: Warms feet that feel cold.
  • Horsetail herb: Reduces perspiration.
  • Juniper berry: Antifungal.
  • Lavender: Refreshes tired feet.
  • Lovage root: A strong natural deodorant.
  • Marjoram: Invigorates tired achy feet.
  • Pepper Mint: Stimulating, for tired feet. Cooling to hot feet.
  • Rosemary: Deodorizing and relieves soreness.
  • Sage: Antiperspirant and deodorizing.
  • Thyme: Antifungal and refreshes tired feet.
  • Sandalwood: Calming
  • Bergamot: Relaxing and deodorizing
  • Jasmine: Soothing and sensual

Other kitchen remedies to add to a foot bath include:

  • Apple cider vinegar: Antifungal and deodorizing.
  • Baking soda: Deodorizing
  • Milk : Cleansing and softening
  • Oats : Soothing and nourishing

Directions

Fill a basin with semi-hot water. Add preferred ingredients and let it dissolve/steep and soak feet for about 30 minutes.

When using fresh or dried herbs make an herbal infusion( tea ) by boiling the water with the herbs and turn off heat when desired potency of tea is reached.Pour the tea infusion into the basin and then dissolve the salts, essential oils or any other additives.

Alternative to using herb infusions would be to use their essential oils accordingly.

But add them just when the water is cool enough to get your feet in as the oils will evaporate.

Little Tip: Place smooth marbles in the basin before adding water. Caress your feet over the stones for a great massage while you soak.

At home foot soaks:

1) Relaxing soak

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 15 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil

2) Deodorizing Soak

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

3) Therapeutic soak

  • 1 cups oats
  • 1 part dried peppermint
  • 1 part dried goldenseal
  • 1 part dried marshmallow root
  • 1 part dried orange peel
  • 1 part dried juniper berries
  • 1 part dried yarrow
  • 1 part dried rosemary
  • 1 part dried thyme

4) Citrus soak

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

5) Softening soak

  • 1 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 10 drops sweet almond essential oil
  • 5 drops rose essential oil
  • 5 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops cedar wood essential oil

6) Calming soak

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet fennel essential oil
  • 5 drops petit grain essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

7) Muscle Soak

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 part ginger powder or 2 tablespoons of chopped ginger
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 10 drops marjoram essential oil

8) Detox soak

  • 1 cup Himalayan pink salts
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops Ylang ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

Note:Use this routine with the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner if you have a medical concern.All ingredients used should be organic for better effects.

For a detoxifying bath, add two cups of Epsom salt along with dried herbs or essential oils to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes. Drink lots of water to keep hydrated during any soaks and be careful when getting in and out of the tub.

After a good soak it’s best to let the skin breathe.Kindly be aware of any allergic reactions to any product.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Sara Teare on December 23, 2015 says;

    Dear P, Its always been a pleasure reading all your posts, specially these at home spa series ones! This is just another marvelous post indeed.

    Sara

  • Reply Julia Rudich on December 23, 2015 says;

    I must say its a remarkable post! A lot learnt

  • Reply Aria on December 25, 2015 says;

    Yeee….. I missed this. I was so busy shopping yesterday… This is a remarkable post. I did not except another spa series… wow! You have hell a lot for just foot spa.

  • Reply Stacey Rosenderry on December 25, 2015 says;

    Beautiful foot mask tips! I must say, by far, I have not read anything of this sort in any blogs. You blog is the beginning of a new addiction.

  • Reply Stella Ester on December 25, 2015 says;

    Belle blog. Belle poste. Tous vos articles sont très intéressants à lire. Certains sont longs, mais je ne vois pas pourquoi je ne peux pas finir. Continuez de donner vos articles. Certains d’entre eux que je suis sauver. lol

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