Mustard Foot Bath.
You Will Need:
-2 tablespoons of dried mustard
-Pinch of cayenne
-Tub of hot/warm water
According to Dr. David Jernigan, who is no longer associated with Jernigan Nutraceuticals but is the brilliant founder of the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, “This foot soak is used as relief from general aches and pains, toxic headaches, and overall
toxic conditions. It also seems to increase blood and lymph circulation, as well as the overall sense of wellbeing. To get further results out of your mustard bath, you may either soak your hands only, or soak the hands immediately after completing the footbath using the same water. Sit in a comfortable chair and soak your feet for 20-30 minutes in this mixture. If following up with a mustard hand soak, rinse
off and dry your feet then place the hands in the footbath water for another 20-30 minutes. You may do this 2-3 times per day if desired, for weeks to months, and definitely in periods of intense toxicity and pain.”
Additional Medicinal Benefits of Mustard Foot Bath:
o Detoxifies Your Body:
Experts suggest that mustard bath can stimulate our sweat glands to produce more sweat and open our skin pores. This can help in removing toxins from the body, thereby detoxifying it.
o Relieves Stress and Tension:
It is suggested that mustard bath can help in toning and soothing our worn out muscles and nerves. This can help in alleviating stress and tension.
o Induces Good Sleep:
A good mustard bath can help in relaxing and soothing our tired muscles and nerves. This can promote complete relaxation of mind and body, thereby inducing deep sleep.
o Relieves Joint Pain and Aches:
It is believed that mustard bath can warm up our muscles and promote blood circulation. This can help in treating muscles and joint stiffness, thereby reducing joint pain and general body aches.
How to Prepare a Mustard Foot Bath
A mustard foot bath can be prepared by adding 1-2 tablespoons of dried mustard in a bucket full of warm water. Stir the water. You may immerse your foot in the water for about 20 minutes. After the foot bath, pat dry your foot with a towel.
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Mustard Foot Bath
Wonderful for colds and chills; headache relief, and head colds.
Mix a small handful or two of dry mustard in warm water (not hot water; it deactivates mustard). Cover the patient well with towels and have a towel on the floor under the foot bath. After the skin is strongly stimulated, usually 15-20 minutes, rinse the feet and calves well with a pitcher of warm water. Be sure you rinse between the toes. Mustard baths are an excellent way to draw an illness out.
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Lemon Foot Bath
Use for hay fever; headaches, sinus, flu, before or after a fever (not during), bronchitis; and those times when a child needs “bringing back in”; clearing the head and connecting with the more physical nature. It also has healing benefits for cases of depression and fatigue.
Place a lemon in a bowl and cover with warm water. Cut the lemon underwater in the following way: Cut in half, with the flat sides on the bottom of the bowl, slice each as you would a birthday cake (in wedges) half leaving the core intact. Score the skin all over (make little cuts with a sharp knife) to release old from the skin. Then express the juice.
Adapted from Practical Home Care Medicine: A Natural Approach by Christine Murphy (Lantern Books, 2001).