Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We often take our feet for granted. Strong but delicate, they are important to us, whether we are walking on them or not. Attention paid to the feet can help us relax, feel invigorated, and help our immune systems function more efficiently.
The bottom of the foot is an area where things are very quickly absorbed into the body. (You can check our website for the SLEEP CREAM, which is applied to the sole of the foot, here.)
This is why the old treatments of placing eucalyptus oil, vick's vapo rub, or tiger balm on the bottom of the foot work quite well for colds and congestion, nasal and bronchial. Placing a piece of garlic on the sole of the foot with tape and covering it with a sock overnight may be a bit fragrant, but it pulls toxins out of the body and is effective for infection and flus. There are many other options, as well as foot baths, that can restore happiness to the foot and well being to the body.
It is easy to ignore our feet and just, well, walk on them until they start barking. If you are on your feet all day, or sitting in an office, or running around after your kids, your feet need some nurturing. Whether you wear high heels or work boots, your feet need to be attended to. A quick massage before going to sleep while applying a moisturizing and nourishing foot cream can take three minutes but contribute a great deal to the next day's comfort. (My foot cream, for example, contains things that help the breathing, assist concentration, fight fungal attack, and make the feet relax.) This is an important consideration for keeping the foot properly aligned as well. Wearing high heels as well as going barefoot or without proper foot support can cause bunions; an ounce of prevention in this case is worth more than a pound of cure.
Many people get pedicures regularly, but this attention to the feet tends to decline as we get older. A big area of importance in geriatric medicine is foot care; this applies also to people with serious illness or who are in wheelchairs. Circulation must be maintained, the skin has to be cared for, and nails nourished. Whether this effort falls off due to inattention or disability, it is crucial to overall health as well as physical balance. The legs also need to be moisturized and gently massaged to maintain circulation and skin tone. Massage or touch to the legs has energetic healing aspects as well, so it is important to keep them well treated. In the course of my work with elderly and disabled individuals, I have developed some easy to use, simple, gentle and all organic products that work well to meet these needs. Some come in spray form which can be important when a person does not want to be touched; for example, in cases of neuropathy.
If you have a person in your life who is elderly, in skilled nursing, has a disability, or if you just want happier feet, I would be happy to answer your questions via email or set up a quick consultation; just use the contact us page on this site, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelley Rico is an experienced herbalist, aromatherapist and flower essence practitioner. In addition to making customized organic botanical body treatments, she gives Jin Shin Jyutsu and energy therapy sessions in the San Francisco/East Bay area by appointment.