Every once in while, one of our boys will jump off of something, from a height that was much higher than they thought. Thankfully, they usually still land on their feet, but the result? Very sore feet, especially their heels.
My Grandma had the perfect remedy for sore, over-worked feet, and I haven’t forgotten her soaking her feet while we watched Saturday night TV together.
You might have already guessed she used Epsom salt. I now make the same foot soak for me and my family, but add several drops of peppermint essential oil for added relief. The peppermint oil is a natural “icy hot”, for those familiar with that type product.
It has a bit of a numbing effect as it cools and soothes sore feet. The Epsom salt helps reduce pain and muscle stiffness. The combination of the hot water, the oil, and the Epsom salt makes the perfect recipe for a foot soak.
This works very well for sore runners’ feet, or sore bikers’ feet, or for anyone’s sore feet.
How to Make a Foot Soak
- Fill a large bowl at least half full with hot water. The hotter the better, but test with your hand before placing your fit in to soak.
- Place bowl on floor, in front of a chair.
- Stir in 3/4 cup Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and about 8 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- While sitting, soak one or both feet, for at least 10 minutes.
How do you relieve sore feet?
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