Monday, March 27, 2006

Soothing Foot Soak

A Spa for the Feet

A soothing food bath enhances body circulation and boosts drainage of the lymphatic system. This benefits overall health and is helpful in the treatment and prevention of colds, flu, and headaches. Although alternating the treatment of feet by soaking first in hot and then cold tubs of water, the addition of warming and cooling oil blends augment the experience. Recipes using pure essential oils may vary, but two that are especially soothing are:

The Warming Blend

1 drop ginger essential oil
2 drops clove essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 Tbsp. almond or olive oil

The Cooling Blend

1 drop Mandarin essential oil
1 drop lemon grass essential oil
1 Tbsp. almond or olive oil

Instructions for foot bath:

Gather two large basins. Fill one with hot water and another with cold water. Ice cubes can be added to the cold water if desired. Add the warming oil blend to the hot water and the cooling blend to the cold water. Sit comfortably and submerge your feet in the hot tub for one minute. Then plunge your feet quickly into the cool basin and hold there for one minute. Repeat this process at least 2 to 3 more times. Remove your feet from the cool basin last and pat try with a dry towel. Moisturize feet with lotion and put on warm socks to keep feet warm. Relax and enjoy the benefits of the spa treatment. Repeat the process several times; morning and night if necessary.


  1. We read Agatha Thrashs info on foot soaks and hot and cold foot baths. Good information. She used to come to camp meeting here in town but then they stopped having camp meeting !

  2. Dr. Thrash has such unconventional, yet very helpful information. Another of her methods that works so well is the use of charcoal to remove toxins from the body (internally and externally).

    Foot soaks are common in our family, although sometimes I find myself cheating and not taking the cold ones! Brrrr! The addition of the warming and cooling essential oils is influenced by the Kneipp method of foot spa treatments.

  3. I learned about doing a cold mitten friction bath from an elderly SDA doctor, many years ago. He was scandinavian. Take a regular shower, then turn the water to cold and use a lofa sponge mit and rub your body vigorously. Turns you beat red but stimulates the circulation. I still do it when I am feeling brave, that is ! That cold water is something in winter.


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