Spring equals chores for homesteaders: long days in the yard, garden, and barn tending to your burgeoning farm. During this critical time of year, it just seems like your day’s work is never done. The result? Feeling tired and achy all over, but particularly in your worn-out feet.
It’s so hard to work the homestead with aches of any kind. If your feet need a reset, try these tried-and-true homestead remedies. (See also: Foot Care Guide)
Any time I have super sore feet, the first thing I do is an Epsom salt foot bath. Epsom salt helps relieve muscle soreness and, when paired with a steaming hot bath, it’s also great for unwinding after a long day.
Draw warm water and pour into a very large pot. Pour in a generous helping of Epsom salt, about half a cup. For added pain-relief action, add ten drops of eucalyptus oil. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Although most soreness can be cured with a hot foot bath, occasionally you might need something stronger. An ice bath is a chilly but effective way to combat soreness.
In fact, professional athletes commonly take ice baths after workouts to prevent soreness. It’s the perfect way to prevent swelling and speed up healing.
For your ice bath, fill a large pot halfway with water. Then, add enough ice to the pot until the water reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak your feet for 10 minutes. Take breaks as needed!
Note: Do not soak your feet in an ice bath for more than 20 minutes. This can lead to permanent damage, like frostbite.
Stretch it out
Sometimes you need a good stretch to combat sore feet. Try these stretches to improve foot flexibility and relieve pain.
In a pinch, I like to stretch my arches using a small ball. Standing up, I roll the ball around on my arches and on my heels for quick relief. You can even do this while you’re baking in the kitchen!
Massage is also another great way to stave off the pain of soreness. Ideally, see if your significant other can give you a quick foot rub. If that’s not in the cards, give yourself a quick foot massage before bed.
Use coconut oil to restore moisture to your skin. Rub your feet in a circular motion, paying extra attention to the ball of your foot, your arches, and your heels. Wear socks afterward to lock in the coconut oil.
Sore feet are no fun, especially when you have a homestead to run. Use these four remedies to get back on your feet in a jiffy.