Reflexology demonstrates that your feet are full of pressure points, all linked to various parts of your body. Caring for your feet means caring for your overall health, and that means taking a footbath!
A footbath is more than just bathing your feet. Nor is it simply a highly effective method of relaxing your feet. Depending on what you add to the warm water, a footbath can have many health benefits.
The Benefits of Foot Baths
Beyond relaxation, footbaths have several advantages:
A footbath increases your body temperature, which relieves mental and muscular tension, increases white blood cell activity, and reduces stress. This, in turn, boosts the state of your immune system and improves your health.
When you soak and clean your feet in hot water, it stimulates circulation by taking blood to dilated vessels in your lower legs and feet and reduces any inflammation.
It sounds like a contradiction to say that a foot spa is energizing yet relaxing. But footbaths have the fantastic ability to awaken and at the same time soothe your body.
They also improve your mood and help to lower blood pressure and prevent insomnia by helping you sleeping better.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Footbaths are believed to help with eliminating anxiety, anger, and tension.
What to Put in Your Footbath
A foot detox removes heavy metals and toxins from your body through the feet. This helps by:
- Balancing the body’s pH
- Boosting your mood
- Reducing stress
- Reducing swelling
- Destroying harmful microorganisms
- Improving cardiovascular health
You can add several things to your footbath to aid in the detox:
1. Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Do not use the salt if you have any open wounds.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people drink apple cider vinegar for detoxification. For a detox bath, add 1 cup of cider to a basin of warm water and soak the feet for 20-30 minutes. The vinegar also acts as a foot deodorizer.
3. Sea Salt and Baking Soda soak
Dissolve one cup of baking soda and one cup of sea salt in a basin of warm water. Soak your feet for half an hour.
4. Bentonite Clay Foot Mask
For this mask, mix the following:
- 3 tablespoons of Bentonite clay
- 3 drops of tea tree oil
- 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 3 drops of lavender oil
Use enough clay and vinegar to make a thick paste. Apply the mixture to both feet and let it dry. Wash your feet after half an hour and pat them dry. This paste helps with fungal infections and foot odor.
To make a hydrating scrub for your feet, mix:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- Half a cup of olive oil
- 5 drops of lemon oil
- 2 drops of peppermint oil
Apply the scrub to your feet, gently massaging the mixture into the skin. Pay attention to the areas between each toe and the sole. Rinse your feet and pat them dry.
Conclusion: A Word From the WellnessCouncil
Footbaths are incredibly relaxing. You can add some things that can further aid the detoxification. Footbaths have myriad benefits, and if you are suffering from aches, pains, and even smelly feet, the detoxification will be a great benefit to you.