If you have achy, tired or sore feet, you can quickly ease your pain by relaxing the muscles of the foot using a simple to make herbal mint foot bath in the comfort of your own home. You can create an easy herbal home remedy with peppermint leaves, Epsom salts and peppermint essential oil along with some lukewarm water and a bucket, sink, basin or tub. This peppermint foot bath herbal remedy will provide your feet with pain relief, muscle relaxation, and relieve the inflammation which can often occur from being on your feet all day, or wearing high heel shoes.
What Do I Need To Make A Peppermint Foot Bath
How Do I Make A Peppermint Foot Bath
To make the herbal home remedy peppermint foot bath, combine the fresh peppermint leaves, Epsom salts and essential oil in your tub, bucket or basin. Be sure to gently crush or break the fresh peppermint herb leaves as you mix them. By crushing or breaking the mint leaves you will help to release the natural oils in the plant, with all their natural health reaping benefits. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add three quarts of lukewarm water to your bath container.
You will want to soak your feet in the peppermint foot bath for a minimum of ten to fifteen minutes to achieve muscle relaxation, pain relief, and to reduce inflammation in your feet. There is no need to rinse your feet after the peppermint foot bath, just blot them dry with a damp towel and use your regular moisturizer to keep your feet soft and supple.
How Does A Peppermint Foot Bath Relieve Pain?
Peppermint contains menthol. This is found both in the fresh herbal peppermint leaves, and in the mint essential oil. Menthol is a compound that has a pain relieving (analgesic) effect.
How Does A Peppermint Foot Bath Reduce Inflammation and Relax Muscles?
Peppermint contains flavanoids. Flavanoids are a component in peppermint herb plants that are easily and readily absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and muscles. Once the flavanoids are released into the blood stream and muscles they trigger the release of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals that assist the body in reducing inflammation, which can release muscle tension and lead to relaxation.
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