Tuesday, April 9, 2013

swollen feet and ankles

Post holiday recap: 

Like many of you, I spent days on my feet shopping, readying the house for family, last minute wrapping (world's greatest procrastinator) and lots of cooking!  As a result, almostevery night I could feel my ankles and calves ballooning...ie swelling.  What I would give for an in house masseuse some days!  Here's a few remedies you can keep in your EO Journal for those days!

feet are the root of our health

Apply 2 drops each of doTERRA Lemongrass, Grapefruit and Cypress essential oils diluted in 1 T. of fractionated coconut oil, massage into feet, ankles and calves upwardstowards the heart.  If you can someone to do it for you, all the better!

For a spa treatment at home with medicinal benefits, try this!

All you need are 1 dozen or so smooth stones.  You can find them at your local nursery, even Walmart has them in the craft and candle section.
A large, shallow bowl ~ big enough for both the stones and your feet.  

Very warm water and 2 drops each of Lavender and Cypress (flower petals optional, but nice!)

Now, roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebbles for a few minutes.  Bliss!

When you consider the science of Reflexology, a simple remedy such as the stone foot massage will not only relieve swelling, it will benefit many other areas of your body as well ~ don't you just love DIY, multi-tasking beauty treatments?

For generally poor circulation, especially for the elderly...Geranium essential oil is lovely and will show great improvement with regular use!

  An added bonus is the mood brighteningeffects of Geranium.

Add 16 drops of Geranium essential oil to 2 T. of fractionated coconut oil and massage from the hands to the elbows and from the feet to the knees.  Always with an upwards motion.  The more coverage you can get on your body, the better!  Geranium essential oil is one of the best revitalizing oils and will make your skin softer and smoother while aiding circulation, a win win!

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