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A foot bath is a simple spa treatment that takes only 20 minutes and is easy to do at home. Foot scrubs made with Epsom salts or sea salt are detoxifying and rich in minerals. Add essential oils to stimulate circulation, to invigorate tired feet and to prevent infections. Give yourself a relaxing home spa treatment with one of these easy recipes!

An Invigorating Foot Scrub

This foot scrub removes dead skin cells and invigorates tired feet. Peppermint essential oil is energizing and antibacterial, and tea tree oil is anti-fungal. Lemongrass essential oil is deodorizing and refreshing, and sweet almond oil softens and moisturizes your feet.

You will need:

• a few tablespoons (a handful) of sea salt or Epsom salt
• 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
• 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
• 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
• 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a bucket or a foot bath with warm water and soak your feet for a few minutes to soften your skin. Then massage your feet and your ankles with the scrub. Soak your feet again for another 10 to 15 minutes and relax while your skin absorbs the oils. Rinse your feet, dry them thoroughly, and apply your usual foot cream or moisturizer.

A Relaxing Lavender and Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Lavender is one of the most relaxing essential oils and most people like its scent. It is also antibacterial and relieves aches and pains.

You will need:

• a handful (a few tablespoons) of sea salt
• 2 or 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
• 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil
• (optional) a handful of fresh or dried lavender flowers

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. If you are using lavender flowers, sprinkle a few on the water. Apply the scrub on wet feet, massage and scrub thoroughly, and soak the feet for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly, and use moisturizer if needed.

Anti-Fungal Foot Soak with Apple Cider Vinegar

Try this foot soak if you suffer from athlete’s foot or other fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal that also detoxifies and removes odors. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 3 or 4 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. Soak your feet for 15 minutes or longer. Dry your feet well and finish with a moisturizer or use an anti-fungal foot cream.

Foot baths revive tired feet, relieve pain and feel almost as relaxing as a full bath. A foot bath in the evening helps you to unwind after a long day and only takes 15 to 20 minutes. If you have time, follow the foot bath with a home pedicure or a foot massage.

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Chamomile Tea: More Than A Nighttime Drink

Chamomile is a member of the daisy family, and its buds and blooms have been used to make tea for many centuries. Many people drink it purely for pleasure, but that’s not the only reason to make the brew. Chamomile also has many proven health benefits without any known side effects, and here are nine of the most important.

Relieves Stomach Problems

Chamomile possesses natural antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes the tea highly effective in reducing stomach cramps and the discomfort of bloating. Drink a single cup as an immediate remedy, or brew chamomile twice daily if you’re a regular sufferer from these problems.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

These same properties can soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The cramping and pain caused by the condition will be reduced, and chamomile can also help to relieve excessive gas.

Helps Insomnia

Chamomile can also help people suffering from insomnia. This is thought to be because it contains a substance called apigenin, a flavonoid which calms brain activity and produces a mild soporific effect. Whatever the science behind it, many insomnia sufferers find that a warm cup half an hour before bed is a gentle but effective way of bringing on naturally restful sleep.

Strengthens the Immune System

If you’re one of those people who seems to catch every bug that’s going around, then introducing regular chamomile tea to your diet may help. Studies have shown that drinking at least two cups a day leads to a detectable increase in immune system activity after as little as two weeks.

Joint Pain Relief

Overworked joints such as knees and elbows can bear the brunt of a busy lifestyle, becoming swollen, aching, and sore. Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory action will help reduce the swelling, bringing relief from mild to moderate pain.

Balances Blood Sugar

Drinking a cup of chamomile tea after each meal has been shown to help balance blood sugar levels over the following hours. This is helpful if you regularly experience weakness and hunger pangs between meals, as it lowers the temptation to snack on unhealthy and fattening treats.

Alleviates Menstrual Symptoms

Chamomile’s wide range of benefits makes it effective for reducing many of the unpleasant side effects of menstruation. It calms bloating and abdominal cramps, and can also work to stabilize mood and induce sleep.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Thanks to its high glycine levels, chamomile is known to have soothing relaxant effects. This helps to combat the stress and anxiety of hectic modern life, but without causing drowsiness or mental fogging.

Helps Allergies

Lastly, chamomile has a natural anti-histamine effect, which makes it great for treating allergies from hay fever to pet intolerance. Either drink the tea regularly to provide ongoing protection, or inhale the steam for immediate relief of the symptoms.

Few things are quite as relaxing as a cup of tea during a pause in a busy day. However, you don’t need to stick to caffeine-laden black tea or the green tea that not everyone finds palatable. Making chamomile tea a regular part of your day is not only a delicious way to take a break, but it provides many excellent health benefits as well.

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