Do your feet ever get tired at the end of the day?
Many nights (thankfully, not ALL of them), the bottoms of my feet ache when I get into bed. Sometimes the ache keeps me awake, when I’d really rather be sleeping! But the other night, as Jackson, my husband and I were chatting before bed, this idea popped into my mind:
“Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salts.”
What a concept!
I didn’t know a whole lot about Epsom salt. So I researched it, and learned that it’s a chemical compound of magnesium and sulfate. Apparently with a lot of uses, although I’ve only ever used it externally, in bath or foot soaks. It can reduce inflammation or muscle cramps; we’ve used it when our son had tight leg muscles after lots of physical activity.
So, after we visited, prayed together and the guys got ready for bed, I collected my supplies and went into the bathroom. I use whatever Epsom salts brand we find at the store, this time it was Multi-Purpose Epsom Salt. (Catchy!) I have a plastic shoebox that works perfectly for soaking my feet. So, I poured about 3/4 C Epsom salts into the shoebox, followed by hot water from the tap. I swirled the salts around til they dissolved, put the shoebox on the floor, and sat down. Then I lowered my feet into the warm, lovely water, opened my book, and began to read.
I think I sat and soaked my feet for about 15 minutes. I would have enjoyed the water for longer, but I didn’t get the water as hot as I needed to, so when the water cooled substantially I decided I’d had enough. Then, I dried my feet off, put on warm socks and got into bed.
Did my feet still ache? Not too much! The foot soak was apparently extremely helpful. There was still a bit of discomfort, but not enough to keep me awake. 🙂
**This information is not designed to diagnose or treat any disease. Please see your personal physician if you are experiencing pain of any kind.