To help with relaxation and detoxification, we have created a simple home remedy for you to try – a wonderful herbal tea and Epsom Salt foot soak, which can be combined with a simple foot pressure point massage, to enhance a state of well-being.
It’s worth taking a little time out to find simple ways to release your toxin load and ease mental/emotional stress. Your feet take a lot of it and a calming foot soak takes very little time, with minimal expense and it’s an easy remedy to create at home.
A selection of relaxing ingredients
So we have created a relaxing bath and foot soak recipe for you to try, using 4 simple ingredients. We have used Epsom salts as the base, which is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate, found in most supermarkets and pharmacies. Magnesium Sulphate is used to ease tired and aching muscles, as well as helping the body eliminate toxins that are responsible for internal inflammation.
In addition, the foot soak contains lavender, ginger and chamomile – ingredients which can be found in our delicious Summer Garden tea. Lavender and ginger are known for their detoxifying properties. Interestingly, a combination of Epsom salts and lavender is advised to add into a bath for babies and toddlers who have received a vaccination, to help draw out any impurities.
Chamomile is a fantastic muscle relaxant, as well as lavender and ginger – the combination works wonderfully together as a soak or to drink as a tea infusion, for deep relaxation and purification. Our Toxin Killer tea works just as well if Summer Garden tea is not at hand or you want to try another version.
For the soak, we suggest adding 2-3 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea (you can put the leaves into an infuser and throw it into the soak if you prefer) into warm to hot water, with ½ cup of Epsom salts. Soak your feet for approximately 20 minutes or more to reap the benefits of your herbal soak.
Reflexology style massage
After your relaxing foot soak, we suggest a reflexology/pressure point style massage, which will work wonders to enhance your self-love and healing experience. Especially if you are out walking or running regularly or spending large amounts of time on your feet!
Firstly, dry your feet and rest them on a towel. Then spread a good body oil or rich foot cream over one foot up to the ankle. Support your foot on the opposite knee and place thumb under the foot, on the toe pads. Apply moderate, firm pressure for a couple of seconds and release (or use small circular movements). Work your way to all the toes, then move to the ball of the foot and repeat till the whole foot and ankles are massaged.
Pay attention to parts of your feet that feel sore – work on these areas for longer with more or less pressure, depending on what feels comfortable. Repeat the process on the other foot.
This type of massage/treatment is deeply relaxing and Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to certain parts of the foot, can heal unrelated problems elsewhere in the body.
Written by Lubna Madan, Co-Founder of Camellia’s Tea House – Homeopathy and Herbal specialist.