Stressed from a long day at work? Try the foot soak, it can help you relax and remove that bad odor from your feet too! Foot soak is even beneficial for removing any fungus you may have on your feet, it can also help remove harmful toxins.1
The best part about foot soak is that it can be done at your home. You can very easily prepare your very own peppermint and lemon foot soak. This foot soak can relieve you from depression, cure cold and improve digestion.
Let’s start preparing your homemade peppermint and lemon foot soak.
Ingredients you need:
- A plastic basin with enough water to soak your feet
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 1 cup of sea salt
- 1 tbsp of baking soda
- 1 tbsp of cornstarch
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 3 tbsp of pure lemon extract
- 2 tbsp of peppermint tea
- 4 tbsp of peppermint extract
Add all the ingredients into the plastic basin containing water. Mix them gently and soak your feet in them. Now, you can sit back and relax while peppermint, lemon, and other ingredients do their job. Keep your feet soaked for 10-15 mins. After that file your feet using a pumice stone and then brush the feet clean. Then wash your feet with clean water and wipe using a towel. Once you are done, you will feel rejuvenated.
Now, let’s look at 5 health benefits of peppermint and lemon foot soak:
1. Relaxes Nerve Endings
Your feet contains more nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body.2 Peppermint and lemon foot soak can help relax these nerve endings. It can also help improve muscle function by regulating the level of electrolytes.
2. Helps In Detoxification
Each of your feet is home to 33 bones, 26 joints, and over 100 tendons.3 By soaking your feet in peppermint and lemon foot soak, you can remove the harmful toxins from your body. Detoxification by foot soak happens as blood circulation near the skin surface increases and that helps release toxins.4
3. Improves Sleep Quality
4. Improves Energy In Morning
Do you often feel lazy in the morning? The peppermint and lemon foot soak can change that, it can energize your body for the busy day ahead. By soaking your feet you improve the blood circulation and give your nervous system the much-needed boost.
5. Reduces Stress
Globally, over 300 mn people suffer from stress. Stress can lead to depression, sleep problems, and cardiovascular diseases.7 The magnesium content present in the peppermint and lemon foot soak can help reduce stress and depression.8 So, soak your feet for a stress-free life!
- Avoid foot soak if you suffer from any chronic illness or skin allergy.
- Your body may be allergic to certain ingredients, avoid using those ingredients.
- Foot soak is usually safe, however, consult a doctor before the foot soak for professional advice and guidance.
|↑1||Kennedy, Deborah A., Kieran Cooley, Thomas R. Einarson, and Dugald Seely. “Objective assessment of an ionic footbath (IonCleanse): testing its ability to remove potentially toxic elements from the body.” Journal of environmental and public health 2012 (2011).|
|↑2||Facts. Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine.|
|↑3||Foot Injuries and Disorders. U.S. National Library of Medicine.|
|↑4||Mooventhan, A., and L. Nivethitha. “Scientific evidence-based effects of hydrotherapy on various systems of the body.” North American journal of medical sciences 6, no. 5 (2014): 199.|
|↑5||Why Is Sleep Important? National Institutes of Health.|
|↑6||Valizadeh, Leila, Alehe Seyyedrasooli, Vahid Zamanazadeh, and Khadijeh Nasiri. “Comparing the Effects of Reflexology and Footbath on Sleep Quality in the Elderly: A Controlled Clinical Trial.” Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal 17, no. 11 (2015): e20111-e20111.|
|↑7||How stress affects your health. American Psychological Association.|
|↑8||Eby, George A., and Karen L. Eby. “Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment.” Medical hypotheses 67, no. 2 (2006): 362-370.|