Hands and feet are exposed to many more environmental factors and textures than other parts of the body. They are also used constantly. This means they require some special care to keep them healthy. Thankfully, Ayurvedic techniques give us simple ways to soften, moisturise, and prevent infection in the hands and feet.
The importance of the feet in Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, caring for the feet is particularly important because it benefits the nervous system. We no longer have the attachment to our feet that our ancestors did because of our busy indoor lifestyles, and we’re also constantly wearing shoes. This makes it easy to forget just how important our feet are to our daily well-being.
Let’s look at how you can care for your hands and feet practically, with Ayurveda.
Our hands are very visible, and the skin on them is quite thin. Therefore, it’s common to find them ageing faster than the rest of your body. A little care goes a long way to keep them soft and youthful. Try this nightly hand treatment:
- Apply a little zithila Multi Oil around the cuticles
- Massage the rest of the hands with rasadana Hydrating Mask
- Wear cotton gloves to improve absorption
- Leave gloves on overnight
Daily foot care tips
Follow these tips every day for healthy, infection-free feet:
- Wear comfortable footwear with plenty of room in the toe area
- Wash feet daily with neem soap
- After washing, rinse feet in lukewarm water and dry thoroughly, particularly between the toes
- Trim nails regularly
- Air feet at least once per day by walking barefoot
- Wear clean socks every day and change them after exercising
- If feet are sore and tired, rub them with mashed banana
Give your feet some extra attention every week with a foot soak. Add one tablespoon of sandhya Meditation Bath Salts to a shallow bowl of warm water and soak feet until water has cooled. Sandhya contains pink Australian clay to detoxify the body and coconut oil for essential hydration.
Following a foot bath, performing regular foot massage can improve blood circulation, aid detoxification, and is also believed to balance emotions.
After soaking and drying the feet well, apply a small amount of zithila Multi Oil around the cuticles. Next, apply rasadana Hydrating Mask to the feet. Follow these steps to massage one foot at a time:
- Gently rub the base of each toe and between them
- Massage the ball of the foot with a circular motion
- Apply gentle pressure to each side of the heel below the ankle bone, then circle the joint with both hands in a circular motion
- Massage the calf muscle
- Leave rasadana Hydrating Mask on overnight for nourishment