Did you know that the largest skin pores are on the bottom of your feet?
The soles of the feet are a focal point of nerve endings and a direct access to organs in your body. This enables therapeutics to be incredibly effective when applied to the bottom of your feet, ensuring fast delivery directly to your bloodstream, reaching parts of your body your fingertips can’t.
By using natural ingredients such as essential oils, topical magnesium and even fresh onion applied directly to the bottom of the foot – you can cure or help aid your body overcome colds and flu, sore muscles and insomnia. Try out the below treatments to help your body recover, rest and rebuild naturally.
SORE MUSCLES AROUND THE BODY
Treatment: topical magnesium and rosemary essential oil
The combination of topical magnesium and rosemary oil can aid in helping to relieve tired and sore muscles.
Rosemary originated in the Mediterranean and has been used throughout history by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians for symbolic purposes in religious ceremonies and festivals, to help improve memory, also used as an incense to ward off evil spirits. For many years, the application of rosemary oil has been used medicinally to cure or help numerous ailments such as reducing inflammation, easing mental stress, overcoming fatigue and aiding in pain management.
Magnesium taken orally may cause reactions in certain individuals such as stomach cramps and diarrhea. Transdermal or topical magnesium is a less invasive approach with fewer side effects. Health practitioners have been prescribing and studying the benefits of magnesium since the 1600s, however it was already being widely used as a treatment in ancient civilisations around the world.
Magnesium can increase energy, reduce stress levels, aid in boosting athletic performance, help with some skin conditions and can alleviate muscle aches and pains.
To soothe aching muscles around the body, mix 2-5 drops of rosemary oil with topical magnesium (follow the manufacturers recommended dosage) then massage into the soles of the feet in a circular motion. This therapeutic can also be applied directly to the site of the sore muscle and massaged in.
SORE LEGS AND MUSCLES
Treatment; Epsom Salts
When Epsom salts are dissolved in water, they release both sulphate and magnesium, with the latter aiding in constipation, reducing stress, pain, swelling and assisting in sport recovery and performance.
Epsom saltwater springs were discovered in the 17th Century in a town by the same name, located in Surrey, not too far from London. When the residents of Epsom boiled the water, they were left with Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) which had a laxative effect on their systems. When animals waded through the Epsom springs, their wounds appeared to heal faster as did human’s gout and body pains. The Epsom baths in England became a popular destination because of the healing properties the water possessed. Today, Epsom salts are found in mines and limestone caves.
To enable muscles to relax and recover, soak your feet in a bucket of water hot enough to dissolve ½ cup of Epsom salts. Keep the kettle close and you can top up the bucket with water as it starts to cool down. The hot water combined with the Epsom salts is therapeutically soothing, bringing blood flow to sore muscles and drenching them with vital nutrients and hydration that is essential for effective repair.
Treatment; topical magnesium and lavender oil
Lavender, a member of the mint family originated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is now cultivated in many parts of the world such as Australia, Europe, North and South America. The Romans used it to restore their skin by adding it to their bath water also delightfully perfuming it as well. In Ancient Greece, Lavender was slowly burned to omit fragrance into the atmosphere as well as creating a calming effect when inhaled.
When the lavender volatile oils enter the olfactory sensory neurons found in the nose, they travel directly to the brain and stimulate the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for dealing with emotions, memory and both the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems. This section of your brain is responsible for controlling the heart rate which can be slowed down by the lavender volatile oils, creating a calming effect on the body and mind.
When you are having trouble sleeping, rub the magnesium into the soles of the feet and 2-5 drops of lavender oil into the inner wrist and around the shoulders to enable the volatile oils to be breathed in. Lavender oil can also be used to help both babies and adults sleep if rubbed into the soles of the feet.
COLD AND FLU
Treatment; Onion and Garlic
The ‘stinking’ rose that is garlic, has been grown for over 5,000 years and has always been prevalent in cultures around the world to either ward off evil spirits, or used as a healing agent for many ailments.
From the Ancient Greeks in 400BC using garlic to heal infections, treat heart problems and aid digestion to the Russians in World War 1 using it for battle wounds and infections, garlic to this day plays an important role in both health and science due to its unique medicinal properties.
This also applies to fresh onions, which were used in The Civil War to treat gunshot wounds as they are excellent in inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth, reducing allergy symptoms and helping protect the body from cardiovascular disease.
Garlic and onion contain organosulphur compounds such as allicin, trisulfide, ajoene and cysteine which can help prevent cholesterol, heart and inflammatory diseases. Sulphur is needed to synthesize the antioxidant glutathione, a detoxifying enzyme produced by the liver. It also binds with amino acids to produce insulin which can help prevent diabetes.
Garlic contains anti-microbial properties that help enhance immune cell function to boost the immune system to fight against viruses. When garlic is applied to the soles of the feet diluted with oil, it bypasses digestion and enters directly into the bloodstream. It is so effective in doing so that a garlic scent can be smelt on the breath. Applying garlic as a therapeutic to the soles of the feet is ideal for children that are too young to ingest garlic, individuals who are sensitive to ingesting garlic and also those that follow a low FODMAP diet.
Blend 2 cloves of garlic with 50mls of coconut oil. Place in the fridge and allow to set until hard. You can then use it as a moisturizer to rub into the soles of the feet.
Fresh, undiluted garlic applied to good skin will burn and scar, however it can remove warts. Depending on the size of the wart, fresh garlic can be applied every day for 2-4 weeks. Care must be taken to cover the skin surrounding the wart to prevent unwanted burning.
Peel and roughly chop 1 medium onion and wrap in a cotton tea towel or muslin cloth. Place this in a plastic bag or cling film to prevent leakage and apply to the soles of the feet.
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*Disclaimer -This is general information and does not replace advice from your doctor.