Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

healthy living ~ feet, a masterpiece.

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering 
and a work of art.”–Leonardo da Vinci

Let’s talk about feet. Winter time is a great time to get those feet back into shape after a summer of flip flops and bare feet running around causing tough calluses. Here are some homemade recipes I have used in the past, give them a try. 

Foot Scrub- 
This scrub is quick and easy to make and leaves the feet feeling soft, smooth, tingly and refreshed

¼ cup cormeal
¼ cup ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon sea salt (or table salt)
Tap water
A few drops of lemon or peppermint oil (or juice works too)

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl with enough water to form a creamy, gritty paste. Add a few drops of the essential oil and stir again.

Sit on the edge of the bathtub, or in the shower and massage your feet with this mixture—really scrub all those rough areas and between toes. I find this quite invigorating. Rinse and dry thoroughly and follow with an application of a thick moisturizing cream.

NOTE: If you use the tub or shower, make sure to clean them right after this procedure; the cornmeal might swell and clog the drain. I usually do this using a washbasin in the tub and toss the contents in the garden for mulching.

Foot Soother- 
This recipe softens leathery feet, deodorizes, and helps fight foot fungus. Following the foot soak, use a pumice stone or pediwand to buff away and softened calluses.
 
2 cups applecider vinegar, raw or processed
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

Place ingredients into the foot tub with enough water, warm or cold, to cover your feet and ankles. Swish feet to blend.

Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Pat dry and follow with a coating of moisturizer.

NOTE: have a nail fungus or athlete’s foot? Soaking your feet in just the apple cider vinegar is the absolute best medicine around…it even beats out prescription topical medicines. You can reuse the vinegar multiple times, I swear by it !! great for fingernails too.

My favorite “on my feet all day refresher”
The foot exercise and muscle stimulation combined with one of the invigorating essential oil and Epsom salt refresh and relieve achy, swollen feet. This soak is recommended for those who are on their feet all day.

tub for soaking feet
1/2 cup Epsom salt
5-10 drops of lemon, peppermint, or rosemary essential oil
2-3 cups medium sized marbles

Place the Epsom salt and the essential oil of choice into the foot tub with enough comfortably hot or cold-as-you-can-stand water to cover your feet and ankles. Swish with feet to blend. Next, add enough marbles to almost cover the bottom of the tub.

Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes while gently rolling them back and forth over the marbles. Occasionally, grasp and release marbles with toes. This action stretches and relaxes the feet. Roughly rub feet dry and apply a soothing lotion.

Next I will be posting simple body care recipes that: i have tested and use, you can easily make and put to use, that will astound you how well they work compared to the pricey market brands. this should be fun and exciting.

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