The cold and dark of winter can agitate looping thoughts in the mind, causing feelings of unease. Fortunately, nature has provided us with ginger root to bring balance and warmth. A warm ginger foot bath combining Epsom salts, milk and essential oils, helps to restore the natural downward flow of energy towards the earth. It is a nourishing treat before winding down for bed.
This warm water ginger soak is perfect for enhancing the properties of “earth” by balancing out the cold and restless “wind.” The soles of the feet absorb the magnesium of the Epsom salts systemically and the moisturizing milk is a great addition if you have dry, winter skin. Essential oils enhance any type of pampering and in this recipe, we use cedarwood and rose oils, since tree oils are always grounding and rose is amazing for balancing the over-worked mind. You can use either fresh ginger or dry ginger root powder in this recipe (note the different quantities). Our preference is to use dried ginger root powder since fresh ginger may curdle the milk slightly.
4 Tbsp. fresh ginger or 4 Tsp. dry ginger root powder
1 cup milk
1 cup of Epsom salts
3 drops cedarwood essential oil
3 drops of rose essential oil
- Combine the ginger with 4 cups of water in a pan, cover and bring to a boil, simmer for 15 minutes
- Add the milk and bring back to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes more, uncovered
- Strain the ginger and add the essential oils
- Add the remaining liquid to an equal volume of hot water in a small tub or enough so your feet are submerged fully up to the ankles
- Sit back, relax and enjoy this satisfying treatment for thirty minutes