Monday, November 5, 2012

#Foot Soaks #Recipes #Alternative Options

I love to soak my feet after a long day!

A couple weeks ago I developed sudden joint pain in my feet/ankles and wrists. I thought perhaps I slept weird?!? I totally get having joint paint upon awakening from a rough night’s rest, but two days in a row? Then when it happened 3 and 4 and 5 days in a row, I knew something could not be right and the first thing I did was post in a natural healing forum asking what to do. It was suggested that I soak in ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar; see its benefits) feet only or do a full body soak. Another suggestion was Epsom salt. A third suggestion was infused ginger. I looked up some suggestions online in addition to what was being shared in the forum and found many similarities. One that stood out different was adding chamomile and peppermint teas (or the dried herbs) to the Epsom salt. It was time to hit the store!

I picked up ACV, Epsom salt, both teas (bags), and 5 pieces of 4 inch ginger root. 

Everything I had read said to alternate each ‘treatment’ and soak at least once a day for a minimum of 20 minutes in as hot water as I could stand it.

The first night I added ACV to boiled water then added enough cool water to the basin for the soak. Felt a little tingling. I guess toxins coming out? Personally, I don’t enjoy the smell of vinegar so I soaked for 20 minutes.

The second night, I cut up the ginger into thin slices and infused it in a pot of boiled water covered for 15 minutes. I added this mixture to some cold water in the basin. Soaked for 25 minutes.

The third night I infused the teas in a covered pot for 15 minutes; added this mixture to the Epsom salt in the basin. Added cold water to basin until I could stand the heat. Soaked for 25 minutes.

These are the 3 soaks I did alternating for 2 weeks.  I thoroughly enjoyed the ginger out of the three – it smells and feels great!! I felt totally relaxed afterwards. The joint pain dissipated and hasn’t returned. If it should, these soaks are what I plan to do! Thank you Mother Earth of plenty!

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