[dropcap]M[/dropcap]om is always full of words of wisdom, especially when I was growing up. One phrase she shared often was…
Be sure to take care of your teeth and your feet for good health!
… of course, mom was right. A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years. The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true — and backed by growing scientific evidence. In this post, I share my favorite tools for a good report from the Dentist.
At the opposite end of our bodies, I’ve read with 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, our feet are incredibly complex — and often an overburdened part of the body. Think of it, without healthy feet, there are many limitations from challenges with exercise all the way to issues of simple mobility. Maintaining healthy feet not only feels great and keeps you active, but it also helps prevent other, more serious problems from developing.
Here in Michigan, our window of opportunity to wear lovely sandals and show off our beautiful feet has just begun to peek open. There are 3 easy steps you can take along with me to prepare your feet for sandal weather… and to enjoy the benefits of feet that feel great, too!
Step 1: a therapeutic essential oil-infused foot bath.
In a basin or container large enough for your feet, pour 3-4 quarts of warm – not scalding hot – water. Enough to cover your feet. Add about 1/3 of a cup of Epsom Salt followed by 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. My choices are lavender, peppermint, or lemon … or a combination of the same! You’ll need to agitate the water to disperse the Epsom salt and essential oils. Then, soak those puppies and enjoy the aroma that will waft up to your nose as you allow the foot soak to detox, soften and cleanse your feet.
Step 2: A Simple Exfoliation Technique
Here most pedicures call for a pumice stone or foot file to smooth away rough or callused areas of skin, especially at the heels. Honestly? Those things give me the creepy-crawlies! Instead, I use Young Living’s Satin Mint Facial Scrub. Not only does it clean and nourish your feet with it’s all natural ingredients, it does so without damaging the skin’s natural pH balance. The safe, gentle ingredients help to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin for a fresher, smoother appearance. Because it contains peppermint and rosemary, you’ll find it stimulates and invigorates even tired, sore feet and makes them feel fresh and ready to go.
After exfoliating, moisturizing is a must. My all time favorite moisturizer is Young Living’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion. It is an all-natural lightweight moisturizer infused with skin-loving lavender essential oil. Added nutrients such as wolfberry seed and jojoba oils fortify your skin’s natural moisture barrier to maintain long-lasting hydration.
There you have it! Now you are ready to paint your toes … and the town! These 3 steps will have you – and your feet feeling and looking great in your loveliest, strappiest sandals.