If you’ve had a long day of standing at work, your feet may feel swollen and puffy. You could also use a little extra pampering and indulgence after all of that standing and hard work. Swollen, puffy feet can be a particular problem when the weather is hot and sticky and you’re standing or sitting in one place for a prolonged period, allowing fluid to accumulate in your feet.
To avoid future problems with foot swelling and puffiness, you may want to consider some simple measures such as wearing support stockings, reducing your salt intake, and trying to walk around more to prevent pooling of fluid in the extremities. Until then, you need a way to make your puffy, swollen feet feel and look better. Why not try soaking your swollen feet in a soothing foot bath? This will not only help the swelling but will also relax your mind at the same time. Here’s how to soak swollen feet and soothe your soul at the same time:
Soaking feet: Gather your supplies
Most of the supplies you need can be found at your local grocery store with the exception of peppermint essential oil which can be purchased from most health or natural food stores. These are the supplies:
A large metal pan
A half cup of sea salt
Soaking feet in salt: Prepare your foot bath
Fill the metal pan with cold water and add a handful of ice cubes along with the half cup of sea salt. The combination of the ice and salt will help to relieve the swelling. Add six drops of peppermint essential oil to the water to make it more invigorating and refreshing. To soothe your mind after your long day put on some classical or new age music in the background.
Soak swollen feet: Enjoy your soak
Submerge your feet in the cold, invigorating water for a minute. After one minute, remove your feet and rub them vigorously with a soft, cotton towel. Repeat this process several times until the puffiness starts to subside. Your feet should feel cool and energized from the combination of cold water and peppermint oil.
Hopefully, your foot swelling will now be gone. If you continue to have foot swelling on a frequent basis, you may want to consult your doctor as some cases of fluid retention in the feet can be due to serious medical problems such as kidney, heart, or liver disease. Otherwise, you now know the secret of soaking feet.