Anyone who knows me, knows that I don't deal well with hot weather. To be fair, I live in Texas, where the temperatures can soar to 100+ and summers tend to start in May.
When the body heats up, it tends to travel up to the head, giving us headaches, red eyes, itchiness, and dizziness. Sometimes heat will try to escape through the feet as well, causing our feet to heat up and swell. I get both problems at one time!
I have actually found that soaking my feet in cool water, helps encourage the heat that has travelled to my head to release through my feet. If you've been out in the heat or just on your feet all day long, soaking your feet can have profound results. It can even help ease aches and pains in the body.
To make it even better, add some essential oils to water. I recommend peppermint, lavender, and geranium. If you're dealing with foot odor or fungus, try adding tea tree oil to the mix. Another great addition is dead sea salt, epsom salt, or pink salt. Salt helps to detoxify the body. The minerals in the salt, such as magnesium, are also absorbed by the body. This helps boost circulation, reduce inflammation, and ease muscle tension.
If you tend to have cold feet, live in a cold environment, or you're feeling cold and depleted, you can do the same foot soak, but use warm water instead. This also works great for headaches. By putting the feet into warm water, you are diverting blood flow downward, away from the head, toward the feet. You can also place a cool pack on your head to further assist the downward flow. Soaking feet in cool water, can help headaches as well (if your feet are hot).
I can't tell you how amazingly therapeutic soaking your feet can be! Try it before bed or when you get home from work. You'll be glad you did!