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Fatigue-Busting Foot Baths

Fatigue-Busting Foot Baths

Foot baths are an excellent way to warm the body, treat weary feet and even subdue a headache. Fill a mid-calf-height bucket with warm water (higher for headache relief) and add a teaspoon of the healing substance. Make sure to avoid a bucket that was used for detergents or chemicals.

Mustard Foot Bath
Wonderful for colds and chills; headache relief, and head colds.

Mix a small handful or two of dry mustard in warm water (not hot water; it deactivates mustard). Cover the patient well with towels and have a towel on the floor under the foot bath. After the skin is strongly stimulated, usually 15-20 minutes, rinse the feet and calves well with a pitcher of warm water. Be sure you rinse between the toes. Mustard baths are an excellent way to draw an illness out.

Rosemary Foot Bath
Relieves headaches.

Add 1-2 teaspoons to enough warm water to cover feet and ankles. This foot bath is also helpful for the elderly or bedridden to help wake up in the morning, and to stimulate the circulation in the lower extremities.

Lemon Foot Bath
Use for hay fever; headaches, sinus, flu, before or after a fever (not during), bronchitis; and those times when a child needs “bringing back in”; clearing the head and connecting with the more physical nature. It also has healing benefits for cases of depression and fatigue.

Place a lemon in a bowl and cover with warm water. Cut the lemon underwater in the following way: Cut in half, with the flat sides on the bottom of the bowl, slice each as you would a birthday cake (in wedges) half leaving the core intact. Score the skin all over (make little cuts with a sharp knife) to release old from the skin. Then express the juice.

Adapted from Practical Home Care Medicine: A Natural Approach by Christine Murphy (Lantern Books, 2001).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:26AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thanks for all the information.

4:02PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

thanks

6:45PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Thanks Annie! :)

6:37AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thank you

11:11AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

thanks

7:16AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

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5:15AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Next time I have a cold I'll try the mustard foot bath, I prefer not to take tablets unless I really have to.

1:22PM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

Thanks for posting this article it was very helpful to myself and my friends.

4:50AM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

Apart from a good foot bath, I found a product that I LOVE, which will make your feet feel revitalized. It is Freeman's Bare Foot shea butter Heel & Callus Balm. The scent of peppermint and plum is heavenly. It is very inexpensive and can be found at Wal-Mart and most other such places. The tea tree oil in it really softens the skin on the feet - even in harsh winter weather.

10:13AM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

The rosemary foot bath sounds heavenly!

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