5 Tips for Healthy Feet

Sock Season

It's time to keep your tootsies warm.

I have to tell you about my new socks! One thing I love is finding a new article of clothing that doesn't shrink, pill, pull apart at the seams, or otherwise disappoint after one wearing or washing.
Although I've probably spent one-third of my life in flip-flops, I now like to wear good socks year round. They're easy protection from cooties and help to keep my skin and personal thermodynamics in good order.
I found awesome socks in the 6 for $12 bin outside of Twig in Chapel Hill recently. After my wear and wash test, I liked them so much that I went back for another half a dozen. There was no brand on the socks or tag (how refreshing) but I learned that they're made at a small mill in Graham, NC called Best Knit Hosiery Mill, Inc. I brought home pairs in two greys, white, and my favorite color green. (To prove that last point, see 2010 post on my first pair of Keen Newport H2Os.)
Although this blog has been primarily devoted to drawing and watercolor for a decade, my most visited post (by quantum leaps and bounds) is How to heal your fractured foot and ankle. And so, I revisit the subject.

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"The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art."

—Leonardo da Vinci



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5 Tips for Healthy Feet


Follow these steps...

Massage your own feet!
Find a reflexology chart or let your thumbs and fingers, intuition and pleasure be your guide. Don't know where to start? Rub the soles of your feet together vigorously on waking, after napping, (or any time you need a quick pick me up). Feel the heat and tingly energy. It's good for your whole being!
Soak 'em.
Fill a dish bin with warm water and epsom salts (or sea salt and baking soda) and sit still for 15 minutes or so with a good book or magazine.
Exfoliate your skin.
The best time to exfoliate the skin on your feet is after a good soak. Pumice stones are too harsh for me. If you're the same, try a wash cloth, loofah, or nail brush.
Moisturize.
Most folks have a favorite moisturizer. Mine alternates from season to season. I love Mountain Ocean Skin Trip but am also an Udderly Smooth fan. This season, I'm trying out their Extra Care 20on both my feet and my hands. Also, moisturize your feet before bed then don some clean, lightweight socks.
Point, flex, and rotate (in both directions).
In the morning before you get out of bed and at night before you sleep. This will help keep your joints and muscles flexible, and your blood and vital energies circulating.
Come to think of it, all of the above will help to circulate your blood and vital energies.
Add your favorite essential oils to any of these steps for even greater benefit.
Speaking of which...

Good for your feet

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Deep Blue Oil

Mmm, mmm, mmmmm!

After standing on my feet for all day teaching stints or local art markets, there is nothing like settling down at home to massage my feet with Deep Blue oil.
This blend of the essential oils of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus, penetrates deep and continues its healing magic long after the massaging has stopped.
Want a bottle for yourself?
Click here for my online store. Deep Blue Oil is also included as one of the top ten oils in the Family Physician Kit at a super value.
Need help? Click here to email or call to schedule a chat.

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—Theodore Roosevelt

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The Creative Heart

Watercolor and ink from a journal page

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

—Leonardo da Vinci

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The Creative Heart

Just back from laps at the pool. Stroke and flow. Inhale, exhale. Contract, relax. Ah... I feel expanded and open. It's good for my heart. And what's good for the heart is good for creativity.
Creativity requires open heartedness. It's not really a thinking game. Problem solving is always a component, and practice is de rigeur for keeping your muscles sharp, but being relaxed and open is essential for the creative process. That's why people hit on some of their best ideas while in the shower.
You cannot create while contracted. In fact, a contracted state often results in destructive acts. Imagine how your heart feels when you are angry. Now imagine how it feels when you're in the flow of some activity, unaware of time passing. Your heart is open.
The heart is the seat of our emotions. It's also our secondary brain (although I think we could come up with a better phrase!). The electrical activity in our brain that fires off thoughts and memories, neurological impulses, etcetera, is complemented by the powerful electromagnetic energy in our heart which also has its own little nervous system and also holds memories.
Your heart will clue you into energetic signals that your logical mind may not only miss but, if noticed, dismiss. You know in your heart if some situation feels wrong, or if a person is not being honest. Or if you're not truly in alignment with what you're saying or doing.
Not only that, the heart resides in the fourth chakra center, spinning and radiating with green energetic light (if healthy and unblocked), linking the lower and the upper chakras.
It's the center of our system. By paying attention to, and honoring, your heart and all it's magnificent functions, you'll enhance your creativity and your love for living.
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"New Moons are new beginnings. Now is the time for action…You are a powerful creator. What do you want to create? No matter the question, love is the answer. Love you. Love life. Love one another. Love."

—Kelly Rosano

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Last night we marked the new moon in Libra

the astrological sign of harmony and balance.

Now is a perfect time to set your intentions for anything that may help you become more aligned with your most authentic self. If you're ever unclear about what and who is in alignment with your true self, bring attention to your heart. How does it feel in your heart?
As you set your intentions for the coming month (or longer), write them down. Notice how you feel about them and what your mind tells you. Can you strike an honest balance?
If you're undecided, I'd say err on the side of caution. Go with your heart.
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Good for your heart

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Geranium
Geranium is the oil of love and trust. I massage a drop at my heart center every morning.
Geranium is sometimes called "The poor man's rose." Maybe, but to me, rose and geranium are entirely different experiences and geranium—the plant and scent—is one of my life-long, true loves.
Want a bottle for yourself? 
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Need help?
Click here to email or call to schedule a chat.

The Importance of Regular Breathing

from a page in my Creative Journaling with Essential Oil course...

One of the many reasons I love swimming laps is because it regulates my system by organizing my breathing and focusing my mind almost entirely on numbers—how many lengths down, how many to go, how many minutes done, how many seconds for one length, and so on.
I must thank my father, who was born this week, many moons ago, for getting me into the ocean and the pool before the age of five. He left swimming technique instruction to summer counselors at Friend's Central, but taught me to body surf himself—how to spot a good wave, when and where in the curl to catch it, how to let it carry my body, and what to do if I missed and was pummeled.
I may have been born part fish but my dad taught me how to ride a wave. I can still see him thrusting his arm out to sea, pointing out a swell. I am squatting next to him looking over my shoulder at the forming curl behind us, ready to release myself into its rush to shore. Time to inhale.
Anyway, it's fall and, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the season to get our lungs in order. Swimming is great medicine for my lungs. So is intentional breathing. So are essential oils.
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"The lung is the master of qi. Above, it connects to the throat; below, it connects to the orifices of the heart and the liver. It is in charge of inhalation and exhalation, and, in more general terms, the flux of coming in and going out."

—Doctor Shen's Compendium of Honoring Life, 1773

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 Breathe

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Breathe
As some of you know, I am wild about natural fragrance and essential oils. In keeping with today's theme, let me turn you on to Breathe, an essential oil blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon Peel, Ravensara, and Cardamom Seed.
I keep one bottle in my gym bag for the steam room, one in my home medicine cabinet, and a vapor stick in my purse.
Want a bottle for yourself? Click here for my online store.
Need help? Click here to email or call to schedule a chat.

 


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"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

—Marcus Aurelius