1. Why should you soak your feet?
Soaking your feet is beneficial for the body as the acupuncture points under the soles of the feet have an impact on various parts and organs. It helps improve blood sugar transport, regulate blood pressure, eliminate toxins and cold air, and prevent diseases. Soaking your feet also promotes better sleep and maintains healthy feet.
After soaking, it is recommended to massage your feet to enhance the effects. If your body feels warm and slightly sweaty, it indicates that the soaking has been effective. Additionally, it is important to drink water, especially ginger sugar water, to keep your body warm.
2. Instructions on how to make effective foot baths
Soak with salt
Soaking your feet in salt water is a simple and effective remedy for foot baths. Salt water stimulates blood circulation, enhances blood flow, and warms the body. By soaking your feet in salt water for 15 minutes every night before bed, you can relax, relieve cold hands and feet, prevent and soothe arthritis, and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
If you’re busy and don’t have time to prepare foot baths, using salt water is an excellent choice. Simply mix 2 teaspoons of salt into 2 liters of warm water, and within 2 minutes, you’ll have a basin of warm water for soaking your feet. Alternatively, you can opt for foot bath salts with Himalayan rock salt ingredients or herbal foot salts available at pharmacies and supermarkets.
Soak your feet with ginger
In traditional medicine, ginger has a warming and detoxifying effect on the body. Soaking your feet in warm water with ginger helps dilate blood vessels, improve blood circulation, alleviate joint pain, and keep the body warm, especially during cold winters. The pleasant aroma of ginger essential oil also contributes to stress relief.
Preparing a ginger foot soak is quite simple. Take 100g of ginger with the skin on, wash it, and then crush it in 2 liters of water. Boil the water, add the ginger and a teaspoon of white salt. Let it boil for another 5 minutes to allow the ginger essence and salt to dissolve. Let it cool down to around 50 degrees Celsius before using it for foot soaking. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-packaged ginger foot soak solutions from pharmacies for convenience.
Engage in a foot bath for 15-20 minutes daily before going to bed. The warm ginger water with its gentle scent will help your body relax, unwind, and improve the quality of your sleep.
Soak feet with lemongrass
Lemongrass contains many essential oils, giving it a gentle and pleasant aroma. Soaking your feet in lemongrass water daily promotes relaxation, comfort, and better sleep. It also helps prevent and reduce foot odor.
To prepare a lemongrass foot bath, you will need 2 liters of water, 5 lemongrass branches, and a teaspoon of salt. Crush the lemongrass and put it in a pot of water, then add the salt. Boil for approximately 5 minutes to allow the essence of lemongrass to infuse into the water. Let it cool down to around 50 degrees Celsius before using it for foot soaking.
Soak with essential oils, herbs,…
You can enhance your foot bath experience by using various herbal essential oils. Each type has its own specific effects. For example, wormwood essential oil soothes pain and effectively combats foot odor. Incorporating essential oils into your foot bath can also prevent certain foot-related conditions.
To do this, prepare around 2 liters of water in the foot soaking tub and add about 10-15 drops of the chosen essential oil. Wait for approximately 5 minutes until the water is warm enough for foot soaking.