I’ve been taking foot baths at least a few times a week for the past year. I must say they have become an absolute MUST for me. A self-nurturing and healing practice that I will continue to indulge in.
Foot baths are an interesting and incredibly effective way of detoxifying (and relaxing) your entire system working on the premise that both negative and positive ionic charges are helping to rid the body of any toxic waste.
As someone who suffers from chronic health conditions, one being an MTHFR genetic mutation which causes your body to not detox properly, I am very diligent about finding ways to naturally detox my body on a daily basis. Incorporating foot baths into my detox routine has been extremely healing and makes me feel thoroughly relaxed, in turn helping with my anxiety and insomnia issues.
My absolute favorite ingredients to use for anxiety-relief, insomnia and detoxing are the Ancient Mineral Magnesium Bath Flakes + SkinnySkinny Organics Patchouli Ylang-Ylang Lavender Bath Soak. I also use the FIG+YARROW Pink Love Bath Salts and Organic Red Rose Petals (I buy mine in bulk to also use in teas, etc)
I mix the ingredients and then put my feet in a Foot Bath (this is the one that I use) and I soak in all the loveliness anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on how I’m feeling. You can also use a regular bathtub! Just sit on the side of the bath with your feet in the water. Or you could use a beautiful bowl to dip your feet in. Afterwards, I feel so incredibly relaxed. This is the perfect thing to do before going to bed as it will help relieve nervous tension and insomnia. The combination of ingredients that you can use are pretty much endless. Of course all of these products that I use for foot baths are also meant for regular baths as well.
Benefits of Foot Baths:
- Detoxifies the entire body
- Boosts immunity
- Calms nerves
- Helps relieve tension, anxiety and insomnia
- Removes heavy metals
- Improves sleep patterns
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves liver and kidney function
- Cleanses feet, helps relieve any foot infection
- Softens feet
- Can relieve pain and stiffness due to fibromyalgia, arthritis or other aches and pains
- Increases blood flow through the feet and entire skin surface, relieving congestion in internal organics and brain.
- Relaxes tense muscles, increases white blood cell activity.
Foot baths may also help with depression, according to Dr. Neil Nedley:
Warm baths can help, according to a recent preliminary study conducted at Michigan State University. More than 40 patients ranging from 18-62 years of age who were admitted to a hospital psychiatry unit with an episode of major depression were given a warm, 30-minute bath (102 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, or 39 to 41 degrees Celsius) just before going to bed. Improvements occurred in tension, anxiety, anger, hostility, confusion, bewilderment, and depression. The findings were the same for men and women.
*Note: People who should not use foot baths are people feeling very weak, people who have blood pressure problems, have pace makers or who have organ transplants, have Buerger’s disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, arteriosclerosis, any condition where circulation in the feet or legs is poor such as vascular disease, or expectant or nursing mothers.
Have you ever tried a Foot Bath before? Share your thoughts in the comments section! I would love to know your thoughts and if you are a fan, what your favorite ingredients are to use in your baths!!
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