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I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet.
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Feet are often the most neglected part of our bodies; however, in a lifetime we can expect our feet to carry us for an average of four times round the circumference of the world!  So don't your feet deserve a little pampering now and then, not to mention the daily care they should be receiving for their services!

Foot Facts

- the foot contains 26 bones, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments

- the bones in your feet account for one quarter of all the bones in your body

- women, particularly those who wear high heels, will encounter more health problems with their feet over their lifetime than men

- your feet are a reflection on what health issues you have; reflexology tries to address these imbalances

- diabetes, nerve conditions and circulatory disorders are often identified in the feet first before signs are exhibited on the rest of the body

- walking is considered to be the best exercise for your feet - not to mention the additional health benefits leading to a healthier you!
Aromatherapy and Feet

Using aromatherapy oils and blends for your feet can have additional benefits. Added to the "massaging" of your feet, a well chosen blend of essential oils can soften and enhance your feet, not just leaving them smelling "nice" but helping any health issues you may have. 

To really treat your feet with an aromatherapy treatment of essential oils, soak your feet in a bowl of rose petals and warm water.  If you don't have rose petals, try some lavender buds or any other aromatic flower. If you don't have any access to any flower petals or buds, you can use a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils. There are also plenty of home "spas" designed to pamper the feet, some with bubble and massage features; you may prefer to use one of these but they can be noisy when the electric motor features are turned on.

Essential Oils for Feet

Useful essential oils that are associated with foot products include:

- Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Lemon (Citrus limon)
- Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Don't forget to pay attention to any particular warnings associated with these essential oils, if they are applicable to you. Use a carrier oil or lotion to pamper your feet with these oils, after soaking them in the water.  Finally/ you may want to combine a pedicure with your aromatherapy treat to give your feet the ultimate treat!


Foot Fetish or Not....

An interesting fact I discovered while I was researching this article was that there are more websites on the internet covering foot fetishes than foot health!  Wherever you "stand" with your foot thoughts, you should give them a little bit of loving care on a regular basis; after all, how many thousands of miles have you still to go with them?


References:

Foot.com

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