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Just because your feet are tired every day doesn’t mean that they are supposed to be achy and sore. While you might need to stand on your feet to do all the farm work, run around to catch up with small children, or walk around town to get your errands done, you can make sure that your feet stay as comfortable as possible. Instead of putting up with tender feet at the end of the day, use the following tips to discourage callouses, dry spots, and cramped toes.

Choose Proper Footwear

The first rule of thumb when choosing a new pair of shoes is to get the correct size. Choosing shoes that are too small or too big is not an option, even if you can’t find a pair of must-have shoes in your size. Wearing improperly fitted shoes causes blisters, callouses, and sore spots that simply aren’t worth having the perfect pair of shoes for an outfit.

Wear Your Shoes

Believe it or not, your feet will feel pampered if you not only pick shoes that fit well but if you also wear them during your waking hours. Walking around barefoot is one of the quickest ways to develop rough spots on your feet. Eventually, these hardened areas on your soles, heels, and toes cause a lot of discomfort whenever you do decide to begin wearing shoes again.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Whether or not you wear shoes most of the time, your feet are sure to develop a few calluses and rough spots. Take the time each week to exfoliate dead skin cells from your feet using a foot file, loofah, or specially designed emery board. Soaking your feet in warm water infused with bath salts often makes it easier to remove spent skin cells.

Slather Lotion on Your Tootsies

Slathering lotion on your feet offers the dual benefit of skin softening as well as aromatherapy. Simply choose a pleasant smelling cream or lotion and moisturize your feet with it each and every day. Experiment with several different scents until you find one that appeals to you for the added benefit of indulging in a touch of aromatherapy.

It makes sense for your feet to feel tired at the end of a long day, but you can take proactive steps to avoid that feeling. Start taking care of your feet now to minimize the damage that daily activities create for them. If you discover that you really enjoy pampering your feet, you might want to consider purchasing a personal foot spa.

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How to Make the Most of Fresh Herbs

Herbs grow lush and abundant almost everywhere. Left to their own devices they will happily run rampant up to the garden fence and beyond. Yet they are allocated the stingiest applications in cooking – a sprig of parsley on the potatoes, a little chopped mint in the peas or a few leaves of basil on the spaghetti. Herbs grow in abundance because they are meant to be used that way. While the usual culinary wisdom is to timidly add them to cooked dishes, the best way to enjoy their fresh flavors and health-giving properties is raw, using them as abundantly as they grow.

Everyday herbs like parsley, chives, mint, cilantro and basil, herbs you know and hopefully love, make stunning salads. Hold the bunches of herbs by the stems and chop the leaves roughly. Toss the chopped leaves into a bowl and mix them all together. The fragrance will be glorious – this not a garnish, it’s the real thing. You can eat it just as it is, or toss a dressing over it and add other salad ingredients. Prepare for a taste shock – this anything but bland lettuce and tomatoes.

For a bigger salad that is more of a meal, add some Lebanese cucumber, cherry tomatoes, snow peas and radish. Cubes of avocado will add a creamy finish so you won’t even need a dressing. Serve it with ceviche, fish ‘cooked’ by sprinkling it with freshly squeezed lime juice.

Another way to serve herb salad is with lobster, mayo and fresh crusty bread rolls. This makes a great summer lunch for a friendly get-together and the fresh herbs add punch to the basic lobster roll. The gentler aromatic herbs like Italian parsley and chives will not overpower the lobster. But don’t just stop at familiar herbs. Explore the many varieties of basil like dark opal and Thai, and the vast range of mints – pineapple, chocolate, apple, lemon and spicy ginger mint. Lemon balm and lemon verbena are not just for tea, these herbs will add sweetness and delicate flavor to your salads.

Green smoothies can also take on a fresh burst of flavor with handfuls of herbs tossed in the blender. A blend of mint, watermelon and a squeeze of lime blitzed with ice cubes will cool you down on the hottest day. Make your favourite herb tea and cool it in the fridge for iced tea or freeze it in ice pop moulds for a refreshing and healthy treat.

The more you use fresh herbs, the more you experiment by mixing them with your favorite fruits and vegetables, the more new taste sensations you will enjoy!


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