An Ayurveda Guide to Foot Care

Ayurvedic Foot Care
Ayurvedic Foot Care
We often neglect our feet but caring for your feet is important. In ancient Ayurveda, foot care has benefits for your entire nervous system and body. All you need is five minutes each day with the following foot care rituals, to ensure stress and fatigue is wiped away from your body, mind and soul.

Your feet speak about your overall health. In ancient Ayurveda, foot care has benefits for your entire nervous system and body. It is said that on the mind and soles of the foot can be found points that are connected to every organ and part of the body. It is important to keep your feet healthy, happy and nourished. Nurturing them and pampering them regularly aids the body and soul in finding connection.

According to Vagbhata, the most influential author of classical Ayurveda, the human body is an upside down tree wherein the roots are located at the top and the branches are pointing downwards. The feet are an important Karmendriya, or organ of action, and their relation to eye health is described in detail in Ashtanga Hridayam, a principal source of Ayurvedic knowledge. This shows that it is essential to take good care of our feet.

Here are some of the basic principles you need to follow while taking care of your feet the Ayurvedic way. There are many therapies and recipes in Ayurvedic foot care but Padabhyanga (Ayurvedic foot massage) is the mother of all foot care regimens.

Basic Foot Care

The best measure you can take is to wear comfortable shoes that fit properly, with extra room in the toe area. Equally important is to wash your feet daily with soap. Rinse off the soap with lukewarm water and dry your feet thoroughly, including between the toes. Always keep your nails short, but don't cut into the skin on the sides of your nails. Don't apply harsh techniques to remove corns and calluses, such as trimming or shaving, because they can damage your feet. Change your socks every day and when you exercise. Whenever possible, air your feet by walking barefoot outside, or in the house. These simple rules not only increase your comfort level but can prevent infections, calluses and many other ailments of the foot.

Get a Foot Massage

Foot massages help improve blood circulation, and there is a belief in Ayurveda that if you massage your feet, you are actually helping your whole body. Regular foot massage helps detoxification, balances emotions and improves lymph circulation as well.

Padabhyanga-DIY Foot Massage

Try oil of sesame or coconut, depending on your body dosha. If you are not sure what your doshic constitution is, try coconut oil - it’s tridoshic. Sesame oil does increase Pitta dosha, but only slightly, and is an excellent skin moisturizer and softener. Coconut is ideal for summer as it is cooling, softens skin and relieves dryness.

Warm the oil slightly before application. Beginning with your toes, work the oil with your fingers by massaging gently along your feet, traveling up to the way to your ankle. Pay special attention to the soles of your feet, which are where the nerve endings are most concentrated.

learn more about the importance and benefits of Padabhyanga

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Soak them with cooling herbs

Once you are done with the massage, soak your feet in warm water. Even in summer heat, extremely cold water is advised against as it can impair circulation, and in fact, exposure to cold water is listed amongst potential causes for varicose veins. Warm water balances Vata and aids circulation, as well as balancing the entire body.

You can enhance your soak with some rock salt and the following cooling herbs:

  • Sandalwood
  • Rose Petals
  • Aloe Vera
  • Khus
  • Jasmine
  • Coconut water or milk
Soak for several minutes and wash with a natural cleanser, such as chickpea flour. Rinse and wipe your feet dry gently with a towel.

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Prevent foot odour

Foot odour is an embarrassing problem to have and is not ideal for healthy feet. To cure smelly feet, use the foot pack after the foot bath. To the mixture, add 1 part corn starch, 3 parts of herbalized clay and 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil. Make a paste of the above and apply it to your feet for about 20-30 minutes. Do this every day till you notice a difference: usually within a month.

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Curing corns and calluses

There’s a better way to cure corns (hard skin cells on your feet caused by pressure and friction) than chemical, store-bought corn caps. Roast a clove of garlic till it’s golden. While it is warm, apply it to the corn and then put a simple band-aid over it for a day. Do this every day till the corn is gone.

Practice Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

When summer heat intensifies, our yoga practice needs to modify for the season, taking more child’s poses and going at a slower pace. In between your practice, try Downward Facing Dog to cool down and stretch throughout the day. This seemingly simple pose is full of benefits for the entire body and can take the place of a short walk or a run if temperatures prohibit.

Allow Your Feet to Breathe

Wearing synthetic socks can keep your feet from “breathing” and contribute to foot odor. Opt for organic, cotton socks when possible. Or spend a portion of your day barefoot.

The above Ayurvedic foot care tips will go a long way in giving your feet the care they need. For any queries you can visit our Facebook page or contact us here.
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