“Let’s detox our cluttered academic brain. That’s what the poet does. People call it daydreaming, detoxing our minds and taking care of that clutter.” ~ Juan Felipe Herrera
I’m sitting here doing a foot detox, and since I have nothing else to do for the next half hour I thought I’d share…at the end, I will share other detox recipes I have implemented.
Years ago, at least ten, I found a recipe on the web on detoxing through your feet using black tea. But wouldn’t you know, I can’t find a single article! The only thing I could find for black tea foot soaks is to help with smelly feet. There are other recipes I found, which I will share in a minute and possibly start implementing myself.
The idea of a detox foot bath is to is to pull toxins out through the skin. It’s real simple, and easy…boil water like you normally would make a gallon of tea. I use 8 tea bags…but you can make it as strong or as weak as you want. After the water comes to a boil, pour the tea water into a tub/basin big enough to soak your feet. Add cool water, enough to cool the water a bit and make it so you can actually soak your feet. Keep your feet in the water for half an hour.
You can do this as often as you want…once a day, once a week, once a month. Right now, I’m doing the soak once a week, as I haven’t done this in a while. I just got too busy working and doing other things, I neglected taking care of myself.
Later on today, I will be rubbing some Vicks Vapo Rub on my feet.
How to Use Vicks VapoRub
sore throat – rub on throat and wrap with man’s sock (tube sock) decongestant – rub on chest and under each nostril sore muscles – rub generously on sore muscles headaches – rub a small amount on temples and forehead earaches – apply a small amount to cotton ball and place in ear nail fungus – rub on toenails. Nail will turn dark as it kills fungus and will go away as nail grows out. itchy bug bites – rub on bite and cover with a band aid cracked heels – rub on morning and night acne – dab a small amount on the zit cold sores – rub a little on the area when you begin to feel one coming one
I imagine the reason why VapoRub works for so many different things is the menthol that is in it. Vicks VapoRub Ingredients (melmagazine.com) I will say, don’t ingest it! Don’t rub it anywhere “sensitive” and wash your hands after using it. It is considered poisonous if ingested and will cause a stinging sensation if you rub your eyes, for example, after using your hands to rub it into your skin.
My soaking time is up…be right back.
Health is the art of balance Balance is the art of relaxation Relaxation is the art of meditation
~ H.W. Mann
I’m back…had to dry my feet and dump the tea water!
Health benefits of Black Tea – I included this link, so if you want, you can maybe start using black tea in your healthy concoctions. Or whatever you want to call it. I’ve never liked tea, so I don’t drink it.
Anyway, on to some other detox recipes I have found and implemented:
baking soda: – bath detox – take a handful or two of baking soda and Epsom salt and put in the tub. Soak for twenty minutes or more once a week – laundry detergent – toss a handful or two of baking soda and salt (any kind will do) in the machine and add vinegar (baking soda and vinegar will react if you mix them together, causing a bubbly foaming “mess”, so I let the machine fill up a little before adding the vinegar) – upset tummy – 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon baking soda added to half a glass of water, stir well and drink, can be repeated up to three times a day for adults – shampoo – mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 3/4 cup purified water, add essential oils if wanted; gently massage into hair/scalp and rinse – toothpaste – mix equal parts sea salt and baking soda, grinding together if necessary, stir in coconut oil to make a paste, add flavor as necessary. I will note here that it tastes nasty (salty) and takes some getting used to. I added mint extract, but it didn’t help much. I’m still working on my own recipe. – deodorant – mix baking soda and baby powder, use a powder puff to pat on armpits. After I take a bath or shower, I rub coconut oil on my skin, including my armpits then I pat some powder on my armpits as needed. I should also add that for the last couple of months I haven’t had the need to use deodorant. I think doing away with a lot of the toxins has helped in this area. I also read that rubbing half a lime on your armpits will help with the bad smell. It kills the bacteria that causes the odor. I tried rubbing some juice on, it seemed to work, but haven’t tried it long term.
Apple Cider Vinegar: (organic) – hair detox/rinse – mix apple cider vinegar, purified water (an easy way to do this is boil water and let cool), and any essential oils you desire (I leave essential oils out of all my recipes), let sit on/in your hair 3-5 minutes and rinse with cold or cool water – Apple Cider Lemonade: mix a teaspoon or two in a glass of ice water add lemon juice or lime juice to taste. I should note that Apple Cider vinegar shouldn’t be drank alone, it can cause esophagus or throat burn. Always mix with something! – cleaning the coffee pot/maker – pour a cup or so apple cider vinegar in the water dispenser fill the rest of the way with water and brew. This can be done as often as needed. – foot soak
white vinegar: besides already mentioned above – cleaning – mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle: can be used to clean counter tops, wood floors, windows, computer screens (spray vinegar mixture on paper towel and gently rub down computer screen, I’ve been doing this for years with no problems) – mix a cup of vinegar, a cup of Dawn dish soap with a gallon of water – can be used for cleaning the tub, sinks, toilets. Store the gallon mixture, pour what is needed in a spray bottle. Make sure to label the container and warn young ones not to drink, it will smell sweet and look pretty.
There is more, but this has gotten plenty long enough, so I will stop here. I mentioned earlier about other foot soak detoxes I just found, so I wanted to make sure I included that as well.
Hydrogen peroxide and Epsom salt: 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide, 1 TBSP dried ginger – fill the tub or basin up with warm to hot water (as hot as you can handle) and the hydrogen peroxide and ginger and soak feet for at least 30 minutes
Epsom Salt: add two cups of epsom salt to warm or hot water and soak 20-40 minutes
Apple Cider Vinegar add one cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (organic) to warm or hot water and soak at least 20 minutes
lemon soak mix 1 cup of lemon juice, 1 TBSP olive oil, 1/4 cup of milk with a gallon of water, soak your feet (women working)
Singing daily for at least ten minutes reduces stress, clears sinuses, improves posture and can even help you live longer!
that’s all for now! hope you have a great day! thanks for stopping by!!
If you’ve made it this far, I applaud you! I just wanted to add that take all of this one day at a time. Most of this I’ve been doing for years, and I didn’t even include everything I do. But I will later. Give yourself time! You will get where you want to be! Promise! Also, many recipes include more ingredients than I included. I felt that I was trying to get away from all the unnecessary stuff, stuff that was/is damaging to us. We’ve been so conditioned over the years that we need this, or need that, to be “healthy”, and it’s not just true. I will address this later. Part of being healthy, is taking the time to take care of ourselves, slow down, and getting back to simple. That, I think, has been forgotten!
Humanity would be 1500 years ahead had the church had not held science back by burning our best minds at the stake.