Using Foot Baths To Set The Mood

I find the best sleep I have ever had was connected to warm water:  a steaming hot tub late at night in Lake Tahoe, California.  It was ski season, the streets were buried in snow, and even though it was a long time ago, it was the best!

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All the runners up were hot tubs before bed as well.  Then I heard about footbaths.  At first I thought they must be for the elderly.  Only after my good friend insisted I give it a try did I realize how lovely a footbath can be.  You have so many options too:  still or bubbling, ionized, fragrances...

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oils, has been used for thousands of years.  All of our senses play a role in how we respond to our environment, so combining touch and smell in a scented footbath makes "sense" too.

A foot bath can direct the energy of your choice throughout your entire body; with the right ingredients, you can choose to re-charge, soothe, or even relax to the point that you sleep throught the night.

You can use aromatherapy in your footbath for immediate gratification.  Here are some aromatherapy types and for what they do best:

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Moisturizing:

Yarrow, Palma Rosa, Clary Sage, Fennel, Carrot, Rose, Patchouli

Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, Peppermint                    lavender field/creativecommons/flickr

Antifungal/Antiseptic:

Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint

Arthritis:

Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Spruce

Athlete's Foot:

Lemon, Lemongrass, Basil, Thyme, Geranium, Tea Tree

Fibromyalgia:

eucalyptus/creativecommons/flckrHelichrysum, Ravensara, Spruce, Lavender

Pregnancy (tired):

Grapefruit, Lavender, Coriander

Calming:

Nutmeg, Orange, Lavender

Energizing:

Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, Lavender

Stress Relief:

Lavender, Chamomile, Orange

I'm not the only one (where was I?).  Here are more fans of fragrant footbaths and their blog comments:

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Enjoy a Citrus Delight Aromatherapy Massage. At-home indulgence Roger & Gallet Gentle Nature Moisturizing Body Lotion in Pink Grape-fruit or OPI AvoJuice Grapefruit Juicie. Thailand Treatment In an herbal foot bath, your feet are ...

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One of the reasons why aromatherapy is gaining in popularity is that they make gentle cleaners. Depending on the oil, it can clean your home; help clean your laundry, clean out wounds, clean up your skin, clean out toxins, bacteria and ...