Tired Aching Feet Find Relief with Hydrogen Peroxide Soaks

foot bathFinishing up another hectic week of rushing from one thing to the next, you fall into bed on Friday night relishing the idea that tomorrow you can stay in bed that extra 30 minutes or so…

Or perhaps you’ll be up extra early to get in that weekly reunion with the ocean on your surfboard, or to get to work on yet another home improvement project…

Whatever your schedule may portend, giving your feet a break at the end of a long week is a great idea that can provide not only soothing relaxful calm before bed, but also work to help keep your feet, their skin and toenails healthy and clean, improve your circulation and even help relieve swollen ankles and sore or tender spots on feet and ankles.

And it’s the simplest thing in the world to do…

Just fill a rubber maid kitchen tub or other roughly rectangular plastic tub with warm water, a few tablespoons of Epsom salt and four to eight ounces of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

I usually start out with about 4 ounces of peroxide, then as I add more hot water, I add a bit more peroxide as well. If you start with approximately 1/3 of a tub of warm water you’ll have room to add hot water and make the soak last longer…

Personally, I could soak my feet for an hour no problem…And because the foot soak is so portable and simple, it’s easy to do while watching television, reading or even working at the computer. But I do recommend trying to fit in a little time to simply relax and let yourself feel the sweet relief of aching tired feet being soothed.

For a real full on treatment, you can invest in a foot bath that has “whirlpool action” (which, for those with chronic circulation and foot trouble is often recommended by doctors). But even without the extra punch of that whirl pool action, just swishing your feet around in the peroxide and Epsom salt soak will feel wonderful and do wonders.

Only 30 minutes of soaking is enough to help heal cuts, athlete’s foot, scaly skin or calluses. When you’re ready to end your soak, dry off those newly revived tootsies and do your weekly grooming. Toenails will be soft and easy to work with, and you can use a pumice stone on your feet before you dry them if you like…

In the end, you’ll have clean, healthy and nicely groomed feet and toenails and you’ll feel rejuvenated and relaxed. It’s a great ritual before bed time for those who have trouble falling asleep. In fact, if sleeping is a problem, you might want to consider a full on h2o2 bath before bedtime.

Just add a cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to your half full bath tub, and about 1/2 cup Epsom salts… Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. You’ll sleep like a baby.


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