When you work on your feet all day, you often come home with your feet hurting so badly you don’t even want to move. Your feet feel like they’re surrounded in cement, and any simple move has them just screaming. Even sitting down hurts- they just pound with every heartbeat. For anyone who comes home with painful, aching, tired feet, try these simple home remedies to give your feet a good sigh of relief.
For feet that are just plain tired or for feet with bad circulation, try a peppermint bath. Peppermint naturally encourages circulation and stimulates blood flow, and is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever to make the ache go away. On top of that , the soothing scent calms the whole body and mind. Simply boil 2 cups of water on the stove, steep 2 or 3 bags of peppermint tea for 10 minutes, and pour into a bowl to soak your feet in for about 15 minutes. Wait until the tea is cool enough to comfortably soak in before placing your feet in there and just plain relax. This herbal bath will rejuvenate your poor feet and get the blood moving and ease your pain.
Another great foot bath for achy feet is lavender. Take 2 cups hot water and add 3 to 6 drops lavender oil and soak. Lavender has a natural calming effect on the body, easing pain and relaxing the muscles in your feet. Especially right before bed, a lavender herbal bath will encourage a good restful sleep and help the whole body relax. Soak for 15 minutes or more.
Lemon balm in hot water is a great aching feet remedy for relieving pain. Take lemon extract or oil (3 to 6 drops) added to 2 cups of hot water to soak your feet in. As a natural pain reliever, the lemon will ease your aching feet. Add a few drops of lavender or peppermint to further relax. Keep your feet bathed for 15 minutes or longer until you feel pain relief and the aching subsides.
Add a cup of oatmeal for the smooth skin it creates when soaking in the foot bath. Oatmeal is perfect for dry, cracked feet and will allow the feet to get moisturization while they relax from a long day. You can add oatmeal (1/2 to a full cup) to any foot bath. The texture also helps trap in the oils on your feet and get further relief. Oatmeal is also an anti-inflammatory for pain.
You can soak your feet in any tea that promotes relaxation, such as chamomile, catnip, licorice, etc. All of these will relax your aching muscles and help alleviate pain. Chamomile will help detoxify the body and bring energy and promote circulation as well.
A few great herbal baths for happy, healthy, pain-free feet!