Spice Up Your Foot Spa

Fresh ginger peel added to your foot bath removes dampness. (Image: Trinette Monkel/123rf.com)
Fresh ginger peel added to your foot bath removes dampness. (Image: Trinette Monkel/123rf.com)

Taking daily foot baths has been a long-standing practice in traditional Chinese medicine to promote blood circulation and nip cold conditions in the bud before they develop into a cold or flu.

Many ingredients can be added to your foot bath water, giving relief from specific conditions. Here is a list of some common ingredients you can try at home:

  • Salt relieves constipation, eliminates fatigue and insomnia.
  • Vinegar helps to cure athletes foot and foot odor. It also promotes blood circulation and soothes rheumatism.
  • Raw tangerine and ginger peel will dispel dampness and warm the stomach.
  • Pepper sprinkled into water deodorizes feet and works to eliminate dampness and increase yang qi (chi).
  • Epsom salts relieve muscle pain and stiffness.
  • Chamomile tea calms swollen and sore feet.
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