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Pamper Your Tootsies!

Posted by healthylivingtoday on December 10, 2007

You can re-create a soothing spa treatment at home by giving your feet (or hands) a stone massage with natural essential oils. All the luxurious, soothing relaxation at a fraction of the cost! Feel free to use oils from your cupboard if that’s what’s available.

Here’s how:

1. Choose your stones.

Gather one large smooth and rounded stone, and eight smaller ones to fit between your toes. Gather stones from your garden or use smooth river stones.

2. Choose an oil.

Lavender and chamomile scents are relaxing. Citrus essential oils, as well as juniper and clary sage, are rejuvenating. If you have sore feet, try using lavender, rosemary, or cypress essential oils. Dilute with a carrier oil such as olive oil. Lavender and tea tree oil are safe to use without a carrier oil. Tea tree essential oil is highly antiseptic, anti-fungal, has a crisp, clean scent and may be mixed with other essential oils.

3. Create a relaxing atmosphere.

Light your favorite candle or play relaxing tunes such as nature sounds.

4. Exfoliate.

Gently exfoliate your feet. Underneath those rough spots and calluses is smooth skin that is just waiting to be exposed. Use a foot scrub or a pumice stone. Use the stone firmly but gently. Don’t pumice too hard or too frequently as friction is what causes rough skin in the first place. Use the stone once a week maximum. A pumice stone will last for years.

Warm up a pot of water to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit to heat the stones. Do not let the water boil. In a warm towel, take the stones to your designated home spa area. Place them between your toes. You can also use a crock pot to warm the stones for more convenience.

Massage the oils into your feet, making sure to get in between and under the toes and around your ankles as well. Use the large stone to rub the arch and ball of each foot for up to 10 minutes. Feel the tension melt away. If you’d like, you can warm up the stones again. Reflexology has shown that there are pressure points all over your feet that relate to other organs of your body. If you find a sore spot – massage it till you feel a easing of the soreness.

Enjoy improving your physical as well as your emotional health with your own natural home spa treatment. You will have better looking and feeling feet at a fraction of the salon cost.

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