Tools of the Trade: Save vs Splurge

Now that you've seen how and why to do a soak, let's have a little save vs splurge discussion about tools. I started out using a dishpan and laser thermometer and covering my soaking tub with a space blanket to keep the heat in. I was doing daily soaks, which many of you do ask well, so I decided to splurge and get a fancy contraption to keep the water at a constant temperature so I don't have to add hot water throughout my soak anymore. SO, here are the details:

Save: Sterilite 12 qt dishpan. I like this one because it has space to add enough water to cover your ankles without spilling over the sides.

Along with the dishpan, I highly recommend this handy dandy laser thermometer. It keeps you from sticking your toes in water that is too hot!

And then just cover it up with this space blanket so you don't need to warm your water up too frequently.

Splurge: Gideon Foot Spa: [][1] This spa keeps your water warm, has wheels, has a handle, and has a drain that you can use to pour water right into your jar for saving and then right down the drain! It is SO convenient. This is the one I use.


Ivation foot spa: This also gets great reviews from the acupuncturist community who have used it. It doesn't have the drain and wheels, but it still works great!

Keep your eye out for sales on these foot spas! They both do a great job of keeping your water toasty.

What have you tried? Is there anything I missed that you want to recommend to your fellow soakers?

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How to do a foot soak

How to do a foot soak.

Now you know about WHY you should use Tibetan Herbal foot soaks, let’s talk about HOW to do them. It’s pretty easy, and very relaxing.

Step 1. Boil water. When it has boiled, pour boiling water into a jar with one foot soak tea bag. Let this steep for 10-15 minutes. A pint size mason jar works; a quart size mason jar works even better.

Step 2. While this steeps, prepare the rest of your water. You can use a dishpan and thermometer system, adding hot water and letting it cool to 110-115 degrees fahrenheit (sometimes I add ice to speed up the cooling down process) or you can invest in a foot soaking tub that will maintain a steady temperature. When the bag has steeped for a while, add the contents of your mason jar to the contents of your soaking vessel and check the temperature.

Step 3. Stick your feet in. Relax and rest for 30 minutes. If you have high blood pressure, limit your soaking time to 15-20 minutes. **If you’re using a dishpan as your soaking vessel, you’ll want to keep a pot of hot water nearby to add hot water as your soak cools down.

Step 4. If you would like to stretch your soaks as far as you can, save some of the water (I usually save about 2 quarts) in the fridge for use the following day. When you are ready to do your soak, heat your saved “tea” with more water and repeat step 2 above.

Let me know what you’re feeling throughout and after your soak! I’d love to hear your feedback!