By: Marisa Belger
I’ve come to learn that even a small amount of self care can have a dramatic effect on my overall approach to life and relationships. Example: Taking 20 minutes once a week to pamper my feet makes me a better mother, friend and employee. Really! I’ve discovered that my feet hold a direct line to my ability to focus and be present for others.
And I view my time with my tootsies as way of showing respect for all they do to carry me through the world each day. Sure, fancy pedicures are nice, but you can create your own foot spa at home with minimal effort and financial output. Here’s how:
After a long day of walking around the city, I spend 10 minutes in one of my favorite yoga poses: resting with my feet up against the wall. Elevating the feet allows blood to flow down your legs, giving the entire lower half of the body a much-deserved reboot.
Fill a basin or the bathtub with enough warm water to cover your feet entirely. I add a few drops of a calming essential oil, like lavender or chamomile, and keep my feet immersed for 15-20 minutes.
Use an exfoliating body scrub -- it doesn’t have to be specifically designed for feet -- to rid your feet of dead skin. I’m partial to Faerie Made’s rosemary mint sugar scrub.
Complete your DIY foot spa experience with some deep moisturizing. I like Honey Girl Organics foot balm, which is packed with extra-virgin olive oil and organic raw honey. I also enjoy Badger organic foot balm, which is fortified with peppermint, rosemary and tea tree organic essential oils.
How do you nurture your feet? Tell me below or tweet me @Completely_You
Marisa Belger Marisa Belger is Completely You’s beauty and lifestyle blogger. She penned the natural beauty and sustainable living column “GreenDAY” for TODAYShow.com, and her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure Family, Natural Health and Prevention.
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