I’m a big fan of simple, effective self-care practices: Neti Pot, 4-7-8 Relaxation Breathing and Dry Skin Brushing being some of my all-time favorites. But I recently “rediscovered” one that definitely ranks up there: foot soaks.

I love a luxurious bath, complete with bath salts and candles as much as anyone, but baths are a bit of work and commitment. You have to clean out the bathtub, full the tub, soak for long enough to justify all that water.

Enter the foot bath. Get a big dish pan, or go to the pet store and get a foot-sized, deep cat litter box. Grab some epsom salts, or your favorite bath salts, and/or some essential oils – lavender or rosemary are lovely. Add some tea tree if foot fungus plagues you.

Fill the tub with deliciously hot water, add salts and oils. Settle into your couch with a cup of tea, an afghan draped over your shoulders, and soak your tootsies in the foot bath. Ahhhhh – instant relaxation!

Most of us spend a lot of time in our heads – thinking, worrying, working etc. I love a foot bath because it helps you settle out of your head, into your body. It is a great way to end your day, helping shed tensions, setting you up for a good night’s sleep.

Here is an added bonus: find some old fashioned marbles, and put those in the bottom of your foot tub. Spend some of your foot bath time rubbing your feet over the marbles for a mini foot reflexology treatment.

Looks like more rain is headed our way – a foot bath is perfect the perfect antidote to a cold winter evening.

Kirstin Lindquist, L.Ac.

Photo Credit:  “Turkish Bath?” by Phil Norton – https://flic.kr/p/udpGHE

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