Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How to help the pain of swollen feet and legs.

Tom's Journal.

I hope this info may help some of my friends. I also believe in soaking feet in hot water with Epson salt, and even apple cider vinegar... and that makes my feet HAPPY!

Tom Schuckman

Herbs for Swollen Feet

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Herbs for swollen feet improve circulation and eliminate water retention, two common causes of edema, or foot swelling. Herbs can be used as tinctures, teas, and in energizing foot soaks.
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Edema, or swelling, occurs when water builds up under the fatty tissue directly under the skin. If you notice foot swelling, press your finger into the swollen area for a second. When the depression remains after you remove your finger, chances are it’s simple edema.
Causes of edema include common problems, such as too much salt in the diet, improperly fitting shoes, or monthly hormonal changes. However, edema can also be caused by more serious ailments. It’s important to see your doctor if you notice edema in your feet and ankles, as this can be an early warning sign of heart, circulatory, and kidney problems. Your doctor can rule out serious problems and consult with you on your treatment for swollen feet.

Some Herbs for Swollen Feet

Herbs for swollen feet treat water retention and circulation issues.


Yes, that green garnish on your plate next to the steak is actually a useful medicinal herb. Parsley (Petroselinum crispus) acts as a powerful diuretic. Parsley also contains minerals, vitamins and chlorophyll, all vital for good health and nutrition. You can grow your own parsley with a simple pot of soil, seeds, and bright sunlight. Incorporate fresh parsley into salads or meals for an easy way to consume this useful herb.
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You may think of dandelions as annoying weeds ruining a perfect lawn, but herbalists see dandelions in a different light. The lowly dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) provides excellent relief for water retention. The natural diuretic action flushes excess water from the body, relieving swollen feet caused by fluid retention. Used since ancient times by Arabian, Persian and European healers, dandelion is also an excellent liver and kidney tonic. Dandelion may be taken as a tea, tincture, or in capsule form.


Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Ginkgo improves circulation, which in turn reduces water retention to the feet and legs. Always consult an herbalist or natural health practitioner if you have underlying circulatory problems before taking ginkgo.
Ginkgo is perhaps one of the most-studied herbs in the natural pharmacopeia. Even the Mayo Clinic, one of the most respected medical authorities in the United Sates, gives Ginkgo a grade of “A” in relieving circulatory problems associated with painful legs.


Rounding out the top three herbs for swollen feet is peppermint (Mentha piperita). If you love the refreshing scent of peppermint, enjoy this herb in a footbath to relieve tired, swollen feet. Peppermint energizes, refreshes, and makes a welcome addition to treatments for edema.

Treating Swollen Feet

You can try many safe and effective treatments at home for swollen feet.

Change Your Shoes

Too-tight shoes constrict blood circulation to the foot, causing swelling and pain. In addition to tight shoes, poorly fitting shoes may also cause swelling. If you notice that your feet swell after wearing certain shoes, change your shoes to see if that helps.

Elevate Your Feet

Elevate your feet if they’re swollen. Elevating the feet higher than the heart decreases fluid retention. Simply place your feet on a pillow and rest for twenty minutes. Sleeping with your feet elevated may also help.


Give yourself a foot massage. Rub your feet with peppermint oils and fragrant herbal oils. Massage improves circulation, which in turn reduces edema. You can also take a tennis ball and place it under your foot, rolling the ball around under your foot for several minutes. This exercises all the muscles in the foot and can relieve swelling.

Peppermint Foot Soak

Another technique to reduce foot swelling is a hot and cold peppermint foot soak. You’ll need a tub of hot and of cold water and a towel. Soak your feet in a tub of hot water, as hot as you can stand, for no more than ten minutes. Then quickly switch to a tub of ice-cold water for just 30 seconds. Repeat the cycle several times, adding peppermint as needed to the cold-water bath for more zing. Always end with the cold-water bath.


If you suspect too much salt in your diet is causing swollen feet, try changing your diet. The DASH Diet, recommended by the American Heart Association, is a low-sodium diet that may help reduce water retention in individuals who are sensitive to sodium. Don’t be afraid of a boring menu if you try the DASH Diet. Tasty menu choices add variety.


Cliff Harrison said...

Thanks, Tom. I've had a lot of problems with swollen feet after my AAA operation and my heart isn't as good as it was before. Your advise helps, Doctor Tom.

I haven't used salt in 40 years, and the big problem is that everything is laced with sodium.

Thanks again.
Brother Cliff

Heli gunner Tom said...

Dale Birdsong said:

Hi Tom

You and your wife are in my prayers. All things are possible with God. He is the same God today as he was yesterday. I pray that God will comfort both of you doing this time and may the two of you grow closer than ever before. I thank God for His undying love for both of you. May He see you through this period in your lives. Continue to praise God and give Him the glory. He didn’t bring you this far to leave you. Even thou, it may be difficult, don’t loose your joy or hope. The joy of the Lord is your strength. Even in the midst of our deepest issues and trials, keep the joy of salvation close to your heart. Jesus loves you.

Father I come to you right now in the name of Jesus, lifting up Tom and His wife. Lord I thank you for this man and woman that you know by name. I pray that you will cover them with your love. Thank you for your grace and mercy. We know that your grace is sufficient and your mercy endures. Lord, where they are weak, you are strong. Be their strength in time of weakness and cause them to soar with the eagles. You are an awesome God and we know that you can do anything. All things are possible to those who believe. Comfort Tom and His wife. Lord thank you for your peace which surpasses all of mankind’s understanding. Lord, thank you for giving them the abundant life. Thank you God that life is given through your word and that it flows to every organ of their bodies bring healing and health. Love is the greatest gift and covers a multitude of sin. In a time where so many wives and husbands have walked out on each other, Tom and his beautiful wife are together. This is beautiful in your sight. Thank you for love. Praise your name, almighty God for keeping them. You will never leave nor forsake them. Thank you for supplying all their needs according to your riches in glory. In your house there is no lack, for you shall abundantly supply. Thank you for sending us your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for the blood of Jesus which restores and makes us whole. Thank you for Tom and his wife. I pray many blessings for the ministry that you gave to him. May he continue to share the gospel with everyone? In Jesus name, amen.

Let me know if you want me to post your comment listed below, so that others can pray for the two of you as well?

God bless you and I will continue to pray for you.

Dale Birdsong

Heli gunner Tom said...

My old friend, Sandy needs some prayers, please:

Hi Tommy,
My father-in-law has recently been diagnosed with bone cancer. He is 81 years old and until the past year, he has been very active (rode his bicycle 5 miles everyday and walked 3 miles everyday and push-mowed his lawn consisting of 4 acres!) He is really going down fast and he needs prayer. Please remember him in prayer for me. Thank you very much.

Love, Sandy

Diane J Standiford said...

Since my MS keeps me in a wheel chair, I do have to deal w/swollen feet--great suggestions. (more than my Dr. offered me.)

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