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Being a farmer has its perks, but let’s not forget the problems that come with it as well. I’m not going to be overly positive about this; farming is hard work and if you don’t take care of yourself properly, it can cause serious damage to your well-being.

Self-care is important for every farmer and it’s an awful assumption that women who farm don’t take care of themselves and have no need to, either. One of the biggest problems that we come across as farmers is awfully tired and aching feet (courtesy of harvest season, planting and soil tilling). I’ll tell you how you can take care of them at the end of the day so you’ll be ready to go back to your farm the very next day.

Get the Right Support

No, I’m not telling you to buy an overly expensive pair of shoes for farming purposes because your old boots will do just fine. However, I do suggest that you add good insoles to your shoes. These can provide adequate support that takes some of the pressure off your heels, resulting in less-severe aches.

Practice Stretching Exercises

You don’t have to practice a rigorous workout after hours in the garden, but stretching once you take off your boots is a must. Yoga poses help in calming the body and helping your muscles return back into position, making you feel well-rested. You don’t need to practice multiple asanas, just the ones that help remove pressure from your foot muscles. Poses like the Bound Angle Pose, Runner’s Stretch, Hero’s Pose and Downward Facing Dog will be effective at lessening the pain in your feet.

Take Some Breaks

I shouldn’t need to tell you this, but even farmers need a break. I’ve heard countless women tell me that they don’t take breaks when they’re on the farm. This is detrimental to your health in the long-term and you won’t be able to take proper care of your crops either, resulting in a bad yield you worked so hard for.

Therefore, you should make it a habit to take breaks often to help circulate blood through your feet. Keeping your feet in boots for multiple hours a day leads to loss of blood circulation. You can fix this by changing your posture and practicing some quick exercises while in the garden. Rotate your ankles clockwise and anticlockwise to loosen the muscles, and do some lunges to flex your hamstrings and thigh muscles.

Soak Your Feet

Save the best for last is what I always say; at the end of the day, nothing will feel as soothing as soaking your feet in a relaxing bath. Add Epsom salts, drops of your favorite essential oil to a warm footbath, and soak your feet. It acts as an anti-inflammatory that relieves muscle spasms and aches.

Finish off with a Massage

Once your feet are nice and clean, use some moisturizer or body oil to slowly massage your feet. Work out any tense muscles to relax them and massage along your toes to prevent bunions.

These are some of my favorite tips to relieve foot pain after a long day of farming. Try them out and tell me how it helps! Happy farming!

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Perfect For End Of Summer: 5 DIY Face Masks To Try

by Kim Wong Shing

There’s something inherently satisfying about spending some time at home, relaxing while you wait for your face mask to dry. Face masks rejuvenate your skin and restore your glow, but store-bought face masks can be steep in price. Luckily, there are many common kitchen ingredients that can be whipped into a quick mask.

Masks for the summer should focus on cleansing, hydrating and brightening the skin. Heavy moisture isn’t needed. Instead, aim for some light hydration and exfoliation.

These 5 DIY face mask recipes use easy-to-find ingredients, many of which you probably have around your kitchen. They’re a cinch to make, and they’re a great summer treat for your skin.

Hydrating Oatmeal & Honey Face Mask

Honey gently nourishes and hydrates the skin, while oatmeal soothes the skin and provides some gentle exfoliation.

1/2 cup raw ground oatmeal
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk or yogurt
1 tbsp honey

You can substitute the milk for a non-dairy milk if you prefer. Combine the ingredients in a pan, heat for 5 minutes, and let cool. Apply to a clean face for 15 minutes for best results.

Brightening Strawberry & Lemon Face Mask

Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, which is commonly found in acne-targeting skin products. Lemon juice cleanses and tightens pores.

1/4 cup mashed strawberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp honey

Mash ingredients together until the consistency is creamy. Apply for 8-10 minutes.

Antioxidant-rich Papaya & Honey Face Mask

If you’ve got sun spots, an uneven skin tone, or signs of aging, papaya is a lovely antioxidant-rich fruit to add to your masks.

2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup mashed ripe papaya
1/4 cup lemon/lime juice (optional)

Blend the ingredients together by hand until smooth. Apply for 15-20 minutes.

Soothing Green Tea & Coconut Oil

Green tea is just as powerful on your skin as it is inside of your body. Rich in antioxidants, it reduces redness and adds a subtle glow to the skin. Coconut oil adds moisture and is an antiseptic.

1 tsp matcha green tea powder
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp water

Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Apply for 15 minutes.

Exfoliating Banana, Egg & Avocado Face Mask

Both banana and avocado are super gentle exfoliants, while egg tightens the skin. Avocado also adds a burst of hydration.

1 egg
1/2 avocado
1 banana

Mash the avocado and banana together, then add the egg. Mix until smooth. Apply for 15 minutes.


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