Wow! This past week has been really busy…and really exhausting… a great excuse to take a few minutes for a simple foot soak.
What? You haven’t ever enjoyed a magnesium foot soak. Well, it’s time to make that happen.
Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium is one of those absolutely necessary minerals for hundreds of functions of the body. Whether we’re talking about detoxification, muscle soreness and cramps, sleep, insulin sensitivity, bone building, anxiety and stress relief, energy production and cell function, brain function, heart function…you get my point. Magnesium is a major player, and, unfortunately, a major portion of the population is walking around deficient.
A few great sources that you might like to check out if you decide to dive deeply into health relating to magnesium include Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. David Jockers, and Dr. Carolyn Dean to name a few.
I’ll include affiliate links to some of the items I choose for my foot soaks for your convenience. Because they’re affiliate links, if you make a purchase, I can earn a small commission while your price doesn’t change at all.
You can typically find a few varieties of Epsom salts at your local grocery or pharmacy, which usually have Magnesium Sulfate as the base. Magnesium is usually bound to something else, and that something else will vary in absorbability and useful benefits. For this reason be aware that some can also cause loose bowel movements.
Magnesium Chloride is another option that I recently saw at a local grocery just yesterday and can also be ordered online. I most often purchase this whopping 8 lb. bag of Ancient Minerals through Amazon (yay for free shipping + you can even set it up for Subscribe and Save for an added discount). Ordering my supply online saves me hauling it to the car and then into the house. I first heard about it over at www.wellnessmama.com and am really glad we decided to give it a try.
“Magnesium plays a key role in more than 300 of the body’s biochemical reactions. Because the mineral can affect so many things that women associate with day-to-day drains and aging, they get used to living with the symptoms” – Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Time to Relax
When we started enjoying these pleasant pockets of peace, we were using a container we had received from a hospital visit a long time ago that didn’t really fit the foot sizes of everyone in our home. We have since moved on to this larger and handled beauty where feet fit fantastically, the height keeps splashes contained (unless you decide to have a dance party), and it’s easy and quick to clean.
A relaxing indulgence that can support sleep, stress management, muscle pain relief and more.
- 2 Scoops Magnesium
- 2 Gallons Comfortably warm water filling the bucket mentioned above about 1/2 way
- 4 Drops Relaxing essential oil such as Lavender
Set your container on the floor to enable you to sit comfortably with your feet immersed for about 20 minutes.
Put your Magnesium salts/flakes into a container big enough for both of your feet.
Add warm water deep enough to cover your feet and low enough to avoid splashes onto your floor and safe for you to carry.
Add your essential oil drops of choice. We usually prefer lavender.
Free your feet of any socks, shoes, etc. and place them in the comfortably warm water to soak until cooled.
- Be sure to check with your doctor, if you are under care for a health challenge.
- The scoop for the magnesium we use comes in the container and holds just under 1/4 cup. We like Ancient Minerals, which comes in a variety of options.
- You might find it easier to wear shorts or loose sweats that can be easily rolled up.
- Be sure to consider using this for a nice bath.
- Don’t forget to remove all footwear.
- Be sure to have a towel handy to dry off when done.
Foot Soak – A Little Pampering
You can definitely adapt this to a stress-relieving bath too. It’s always nice to pamper yourself. We just find foot soaks to be a bit more accommodating to our schedules and family activities, since set-up takes only a few minutes, and your soothing soak can go wherever you want.
A few drops of lavender add an aromatic component that can also fill the room wherever you are, definitely adding to the potential for a relaxing evening for the whole family as you enjoy time together.
“It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.” Dr. Mark Hyman
Hopefully, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a soothing soak, and shrink your stress and soreness. Whether you’re getting in a soak after a long day of strenuous physical activity, or you just want to take just a few moments to really release some of the stress, this just might be the way to squeeze some pampering into your busy day.