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An Herbal Foot Soak

 Herbal Foot Soak

A Foot Soak can be a great pleasure at the end a hard day.  Foot soaks are especially enjoyable if you work at a job where you stand most of the day or if you are a hiker. The benefits of a Foot Soak include:
Improves circulation in the feet.
Reduces stress and helps you relax
Improves sleep
Decreases foot pain, especially that from standing all day
Soothes and hydrates skin
Soaking helps soften calluses, so partner a foot soak with an exfoliating treatment such as a sugar scrub.
Helps remove bacteria and fungus from around the toenails
Decreases foot odor
If you have diabetes or are prone to edema the benefits of a foot soak are even more important.

How to do a foot soak? You will need a container large enough and deep enough for your feet. I like to use a plastic dish pan, a rug to put under the pan to keep water off the floor, a towel to dry your feet on and whatever you want to use in your foot soak. Of course we recommend Colorado Aromatics Herbal Foot Soak followed by Sole Pleasure Foot Butter.
1.    Heat water on the stove to boiling. Put Herbal Foot Soak bag in a bowl and pour boiling water over this. Let infuse for several minutes.
2.    Fill your dish pan with very warm water, about 100-101 F. I usually start hotter because the water cools down quickly. Pour the hot herb ‘tea’ into the water in the dish pan. If you like, you can add a drop or two of essential oil to this as well.
3.    Sit and enjoy the foot bath for 10-15 minutes or however long you like. Drink a cup of tea while resting.
4.    When ready, take your feet out of the water and pat dry with a towel. At this time it is also good to apply Sole Pleasure Foot Butter to your feet and put socks on.
Now I bet you are relaxed and either ready to call it a night or go out dancing.

How to do a Steam Facial

Giving your face a steam facial will help to relax facial muscles that lead to wrinkles, as well as promote exfoliation, moisturizing, cleansing and overall rejuvenation of the skin. The herbal aromatics will also help you relax.  Enjoy doing a steam facial 1-4 times a month.

How to do a steam facial.

You will need: stove, pot for heating water, large heat-proof bowl, Herbs for Steam facial, face cleanser, face moisturizer, large towel to cover head.

HFirst wash your face with calendula/oatmeal soap or Meadow Mist Cleanser

  1. Heat about 3 cups of water to boiling in your teapot.
  2. As the water is heating, put 2-3 tablespoons of your herb mixture into a large metal bowl. The bowl should be larger than your face.
  3. When the water boils, pour it over the herbs.
  4. Allow to cool just slightly. Put face over the bowl, far enough up so as to not get burned from the steam. Cover your head (and the bowl) with the towel to hold in the steam. Enjoy the steam for about 5 minutes. Stop if it is uncomfortable or move your face farther from the steam if it is too hot.
  5. Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
  6. Massage a good moisturizer or serum to the face such as Springtide Gold or Razz Tightening Serum.
  7.  Your skin will take on a new glow, and so will you.

Contraindications

Because steam will cause blood vessels to dilate, steam facials are not recommended for people with rosacea.

Some herbs that are good to use in your steam facial include mint, rose petals, lavender buds, fennel, yarrow or hops. You can also use a steam facial  to help control nasal and sinus congestion.