Did you know a drop of Peppermint essential oil has about as much peppermint power as 28 cups of peppermint tea?

Peppermint has power to block pain receptors in the brain. Specifically, it is known to block Substance P, which shows up in large amounts in people who have Fibromyalgia. I am wondering, has anyone out there with Fibromyalgia tried Peppermint essential oil specifically to ease their symptoms???

Please send a comment if you’ve tried Peppermint with Fibromyalgia symptoms and letting me know your results.

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“Hey, I can’t have athlete’s foot, I’m not an athlete!”

According to The Mayo Clinic Athlete’s Foot is actually a type of ringworm which most people will get at some point in their lives. Most commonly it is picked up in a public shower (hint: wear shower shoes) perhaps at the gym, a hospital or hotel. It is a fungal infection which thrives in the warm, cozy, sometimes moist environment created by feet wearing damp socks. It’s spring time here in New England and soggy feet abound!

The big symptoms of Athlete’s Foot are dryness and pain. The pain can be as varied as fissures on the bottoms of the feet, itching, burning, or peeling skin, or troubles with the toenails which may be falling apart or peeling away from the toes. Owie!

You don’t have to use the toxic chemicals available at the drugstore to combat Athlete’s foot (although you can if you wish.) Perhaps the best way to immediately treat the condition is to run out and get a fresh pair of flip-flops and wear them to get lots of air flow around those feet and toes. The fungus will go away in a hurry if the feet are cool and dry.

The question of socks is a very interesting one regarding Athlete’s Foot. Often, people assume that it’s important to have nice, clean white cotton socks, or organic cotton socks. What is important to get rid of the fungus is “dryness” and in order to keep the feet dry, socks should be made from a fabric that breathes or which wicks moisture away from the skin.

Athlete\'s Foot

The picture above was taken from Dermnet, which is a wonderful resource for learning about really nasty skin conditions.

In addition to keeping the infected feet dry, anti fungal essential oils such as Tea Tree can be used. You can buy Tea Tree and other oils here.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca ericifolia)

Other oils which may be helpful are Peppermint (one of my favorites), Lavender, Thyme, and some blends designed by ND Gary Young, Melrose, Thieves, Purification, ClaraDerm. Oils may be added to a foot bath with Epsom salts or natural bath salts or diluted 50:50 with a natural carrier oil or massage oil. They may also be applied directly to the affected areas, usually between the toes and around the toenails.

Getting a foot fungus is no fun, it’s best to be rid of it as quick as possible. As with any medical concern, a person should always see their primary care physician, for a professional diagnostic opinion.

I wish you a fun-filled, fungus-free spring!

As the spring sports season approaches, I am happy to share a couple of tips I learned recently about dealing with one of the most common foot problems: Stinky Feet.

I have a friend who took her son and his friends home after a soccer game last year and said that the car was “unbearable” because of the smell of the boys’ stinky feet. She had to roll down all the windows so she didn’t keel over while driving!

A couple of quick and easy aromatherapy fixes for stinky feet: Pine Essential Oil and Sage Essential Oil. The oils may be mixed with baking soda and put in sneakers or cleats to deodorize them. They may also be mixed with a pure carrier oil (such as Young Living’s V-6 Massage Oil) and rubbed into the feet in the morning or after a shower or bath.

The Pine or Sage Oil mixed with baking soda may also be useful on the mats of the stinky car to absorb the odor, after setting in the car for at least 15 minutes the deodorizing mixture may be vacuumed out, leaving the car with a purified, fresh scent.

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The Future

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