Can you tell we live in Minnesota?
Sometimes after you have been outdoors - such as when you are running errands - in and out of stores and your auto, when you arrive home, you feel chilled.
Common sense should tell you that if you are feeling chilly, you should either turn up the thermostat or add another layer of clothing.
But what if you still feel cold to the bone. What should you do?
Well there are a few simple things you can be try.
1. Drink something hot. Coffee, Tea, Hot cocoa, Broth. Al and I like all the fore mentioned.
And another thing we discovered is to have something sweet and salty to eat. Of course, the Hot cocoa may just do the trick!!
2. Put something on your feet! Often times if your feet are cold, so is the rest of you. For some folks, slippers will be all they need, others need to put on a couple pair of socks and their shoes! I wear my shoes all the time and am rarely cold. I know folks that run around (in their houses in Minnesota) and complain about being cold and lo and behold they are running around stocking footed or worse yet barefoot!
3. And for the Aromatherapy enthusiast - Soak you feet in a tub of warm water that has bath salt or epsom salts along with essential oils added to help increase the circulation!
Don't let the water get to hot and soak for no more than about 20-30 minutes. When you are done, dry your feet well, apply some lotion and then put on your socks, shoes or slippers.
4. If this doesn't do the trick you may want to try a soaking bath. (Don't forget to add some bath salts too) Again with essential oils added to the tub. Fill the tub full of comfortably warm water and soak, Add more hot water as needed. Again, you shouldn't need to soak more than 30 minutes.
Again, dry yourself well, apply some lotion and get dressed. You should feel nice and warm by now!
Here are a couple recipes of oils to try for soaking your feet. Don't forget to add some Epsom Salt to the soak water. It is wonderful soaking aid for tired feet too.
Lemon - 10 drops
Geranium - 6 drops
Rosemary - 4 drops
Blend these in an amber bottle. Then add 3-4 drops to a basin of hot water, large enough to soak you feet in comfortably or add up to 10 drops in a full tub of water.
Here is a recipe for the bath.
This helps to increase your whole bodies circulation.
Cypress - 2 drops
Juniper berry - 2 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Pine - 2 drops
Rosemary - 2 drops
Add the oils to a bathtub filled with warm water, and Soak and Enjoy!
In Northern Minnesota there are a lot of Scandinavian descended folks and they all enjoy Saunas.
What a great way to warm up and stimulate your circulation! But there are special warnings about using Essential oils in the Sauna or Steam bath.
These types of baths can be great but only Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Pine essential oils should be used.
Only these oils should be used in saunas as they enter the body by inhalation and exit by perspiration, all the while detoxifying and cleansing the body (due to the sweating mechanism of the body).
To use add 2 drops to 2 1/2 cups of water - shake well and add to the heat source as needed.
If you choose to use other essentials oils please read to make sure they can be used in such situations.
Because of all the steam, some essentials oils can cause lung/airway irritations or skin irritations.
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