Happy Feet!

"At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty ...."  (~Shanti) 
Your feet are your carriage.  Your only carriage.  And they often go for long periods of time with no attention whatsoever.  Especially in the colder seasons when they are covered up by socks and shoes for the better part of the day.   

Personally I do my best to be barefoot as much as possible.  I just delight in the feel of the earth on my soles.  In the picture below my feet were getting a tranquil, enchanting, zen-like experience from this lush green grass like stuff surrounding our garden.
I'm not so sure about 'grounding' or 'earthing' as it seems a bit woo-woo for even me but I do know that this just feels great!  And perhaps there may be something to it hence the reason why I hate shoes.  

Buddha says, "The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground." 
And just maybe we feel a sense of belonging when our feet engage with the soil? 

Or perhaps it is just the acknowledgement of our feet, that which carry us around and does so much for us, that makes this practice beneficial, for some.

I have witnessed that many common illnesses today such as diabetes, arthritis and lymphatic disorders are first noticeable in one's feet.  And often I have customers asking for something for their cracked heels and calloused feet.

D.I.Y. Simply soaking your feet in part apple cider vinegar, part water and 2 Tablespoons of Epsom salt will treat them well.  Do this for 30 minutes a day and watch toe nail fungus, athletes foot and other common foot issues disappear.

For extra care, to soften and pamper those footsies, we have custom scented lotion bars that will be most beneficial if used after a shower and before bedtime.  Some like to wear socks after applying the lotion bar and before going to bed to retain even more moisture overnight but like I said above, no way am I wearing socks to bed.  (...Unless I am primitively camping in 40 degree weather.)  These bars are great for massaging the feet and they come with a tin for safe keeping.  Plus we offer half price refills!

And our Black Beauty activated charcoal bar soap will help aid in the detoxifying of ones feet.  Your feet are the lowest extremities of the body.  Often when the body is unable to circulate and rid itself of toxins, it will carry them to the furthermost place it can, away from the heart, for protection.  This soap can aid with the removal of those toxins and soften the feet with its nourishing oils and butters.           

Additionally we offer magnesium creams that I find help some with their calloused feet.  The added magnesium seems to aid the body in utilizing the calcium build up which often appears on the soles of feet and around the toenails as tough, white layers of skin.  Calcium and magnesium go hand in hand, you need both for optimal health and many are deficient in the magnesium.

It never ceases to amaze me how uplifting, rejuvenating, and pampered one can feel after having their feet washed.

What a man!  :o)

The root of this practice appears to be found in the hospitality customs of ancient civilizations, especially where sandals were the chief footwear. A host would provide water for guests to wash their feet, provide a servant to wash the feet of the guests or even serve the guests by washing their feet. This is mentioned in several places in the Torah (old testament of the Bible) as well as other religious and historical documents.  A typical Eastern host might bow, greet, and kiss his guest, then offer water to allow the guest to wash his feet or have servants do it.  Though the wearing of sandals might necessitate washing the feet, the water was also offered as a courtesy even when shoes were worn.  

So how about offering to wash another's feet this week?  YES?  Let us humble ourselves and show hospitality, the ancient way.  You might be amazed at the outcome.  It is a free gift most of us can give and what is better than a pair of happy, well cared for feet?

Any man can hold a girl's hand, but only the elite can hold her feet.”  ~Anonymous

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