Happy Feet? No, not talking about the cute little penguin movie here!
For the past 2 weeks I’ve been pounding the pavement, notching up my step count like a champion!
Hubby and I have been travelling around the UK, and now that I’m mobile, we WALK. Like pretty much everywhere we can.
I think this warrants more emphasis – WAHOOOOOO(!!!!)
I’ve pounded the pavement!
Not gonna lie, my feet have looked and felt better.
Let’s not even start a conversation about the back of my heels and how razor-sharp that skin has now gone (an improvement over the squidgy blisters, mind you!).
Or the general appearance of my much-appreciated happy feet.
The first 5 days, my feet and legs were REALLY feeling it. Comes with the hard-core walking territory and breaking oneself into the habit.
Thankfully, we seem to have now settled into a happy co-habitation, with legs and feet having accepted that the walking-long-distance is now a thing, at least until the trip is over.
As I mentioned earlier, appearance-wise, they’ve definitely seen better days, although a trip to the podiatrist when we get home should eliminate that rock-hard heel skin.
But when all that is said and done, even just writing those words ‘pounding the pavement’ and ‘notching up my step count like a champion,’ gets me all tingly excited, because there was a time not so long ago that this wasn’t even a remote possibility. #guillainbarre
And now here we are! Walking!
I’ll take the sore, unsightly wear-and-tear feet any day of the week!
That being said, don’t for one second think that I haven’t been dipping into my bag of essential oil tricks to accelerate my healing and get my happy feet happening.
I totally have!
Here’s what I’ve been doing to speed up my happy feet recovery with essential oils:
Epsom Salt Feet Soak with Vetiver Essential Oil
Magnesium flakes would have been even better – did you know we absorb Magnesium most effectively through our skin? – but you work with what you have, and the flat we were staying in Oxford had Epsom salts.
Now normally you will hear me say oils and plastic don’t mix, which is true, but I wasn’t drinking the water contents and again, working with what I had on hand …
Water as hot as I could stand it into a plastic tub, combining Epsom salts infused with Vetiver and a small squirt of doTERRA’s Spa Refreshing Body Wash (this helps to disperse the essential oil, oil and water don’t mix, even with Epsom salts, you need another carrier oil).
Why Vetiver? Well, whilst I travel with a decent collection of oils, it’s a small sub-set by comparison to what I have access to at home. Vetiver was the best choice for a bath foot soak.
And it turned out to be a real winner! I repeated the soak-feet process for the 5 nights we were in Oxford and it helped my feet immensely.
Funnily enough, when doing additional research to write this article, reading up on doTERRA’s blog article on Vetiver and it’s benefits, it actually mentions TLC in the form of Vetiver in a bath because a) deep relaxation and b) the aromatic benefits aid in creating a soothing and calming atmosphere.
On the science side, Vetiver oil is composed of multiple sesquiterpenes, which contain grounding properties, thus helping to calm emotions and the body.
Not hard to see why an intuitive pick based on a limited selection of oils on hand actually turned out to be one of the best things I could have done for happy feet!
Deep Blue (aka Ice Blue) Essential Oil Blend
Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile and Osmanthus essential oils work together to soothe and cool tired, sore muscles.
This is your completely natural, nasty-free version of a heating muscle rub. Some people describe the smell of Deep Blue as that of a men’s locker room, because of the Camphor and Wintergreen, but I personally LOVE it.
Being ALL about convenience, I apply my Deep Blue touch** roller to my feet and legs before we head out the door to pound the pavement, touch-ups throughout the day as required, and then most definitely when done for the day, usually before bed as everything is going into rest-mode and the oils really get a chance to help the body with the restorative processes.
I’ve been alternating between Deep Blue and Past Tense, sometimes using them in combination for extra support, particularly in the early walking days when my body was getting over the shock of going from ‘general daily walking,’ to ‘whoa, ok, hiking it is!’
Psst! Deep Blue or Ice Blue – same same! As in same awesome combination of oils, just different naming conventions depending on your country.
**SIDEBAR: WHAT ARE TOUCH ROLLERS?
When travelling, I like to be as minimalist as possible, yes, even when it comes to my oils!
For this reason, I love to bring along Touch roller versions of my favourites.
Touch isn’t anything dirty, get your mind out of the gutter, LOL! It simply means an oil or oil blend that has been pre-diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil so that it is ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Our oils are STRONG, and we do recommend dilution with a carrier oil when applying to your skin.
Touch rollers make the process that much easier, not only for everyday life – throw them in your bag, car, etc. – but particularly when travelling.
Past Tense Essential Oil Blend
Wintergreen, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cilantro, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Basil and Rosemary essential oils.
One of doTERRA’s proprietary blends, Past Tense was scientifically formulated with oils containing cooling, calming and soothing properties, enabling it to be used in a variety of ways, whether that be emotion / mood management (e.g. helping to reduce stressful and anxious feelings) or physically releasing tension in the body.
I find it fabulous for tension, particularly across the neck and shoulders, and with all the walking-related pains I was experiencing, coating it on my heels and up my legs was really soothing.
Past Tense comes in a handy roller bottle; it’s not a touch version like the Deep Blue described above, it’s completely neat oil, but the convenient roller makes it fantastic for travel or when you are on-the-go.
Psst, oil hack! You can always decant some of the contents into another roller bottle and add your own Fractionated Coconut Oil to dilute it down and make it last longer.
Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex
You’ve heard me talk about Deep Blue (aka Ice Blue) for providing soothing topical relief for affected areas.
This is different – the Deep Blue oil combination is NOT in this formula, despite the name – and can be used in conjunction with the topical relief of the Deep Blue soothing essential oil blend.
The Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex is an internal protocol, meaning a dietary supplement that you take orally, working through an entirely different pathway to help support muscle and joint comfort and function.*
So what’s in it?
Standardised extracts of Ginger, Curcumin and Resveratrol (you will know this from red wine!) and other polyphenols to help soothe aches and discomfort.
High levels of catechin – a natural phenol and antioxidant – from Green tea that helps provide antioxidant and immune-support benefits.*
Frankincense (oh, Frankie Boy!) extract to help support healthy joint support, mobility and functionality and those aches and pains!*
Tummy-tamer extracts in the form of Peppermint, Ginger and Caraway Seed essential oils, helping to support efficient digestion when taking dietary supplements.
I definitely notice a difference when I’m pushing myself physically and I use this product to support my body vs. the days when I haven’t taken it.
All the ingredients are derived from non-GMO plants and are gluten-free. The capsules are made from a vegetable source, making this blend fully vegetarian.
SIDEBAR: WHY ARE POLYPHENOLS IMPORTANT?
In a super-quick nutshell: Polyphenols are a type of micro-nutrient found in many different fruits and vegetables that contain health-promoting properties.
Polyphenols are high in antioxidants and have been associated with improved heart health, better blood sugar control, reduced inflammation and a reduced risk of cancer development (Rachael Link, MS, RD, April 2018). https://draxe.com/polyphenols/
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