Swollen feet, ankles and legs aren’t just experienced by those who are pregnant. Any number of us experience this uncomfortable feeling at some point in our life, whether we’re flying across the country (or pond), on our feet all day or suffering from another condition which swelling is a symptom of.
In addition to talking about essential oils today, I’m going to introduce a yoga pose that may help, too.
4 Essential Oils to Help with Swelling
- tea tree
- juniper berry
These oils are known to help decrease swelling. I suggest using a carrier oil (remember, 1 tbsp = 3 drops essential oil) and massaging the carrier oil + EO into your feet, ankles and legs. You may need to use 2 tbsp carrier oil and 6 drops essential oil to have enough oil to massage. Double, triple, quadruple the rule of thumb as needed. Alternatively, you could add drops of one of these oils to your bathtub (or maybe just a foot bath or large bowl).
If you really wanna go all out, try massaging the carrier + EO of choice into your feet and then trying Legs Up The Wall. (Note: If you’re pregnant, have high blood pressure, or glaucoma, this pose is not for you. Please consult your physician before making any changes to your exercise routine.)
To Get Into the Pose:
You’ll want to sit next to the wall with your right hip and outside of your right leg touching the wall.
Using your left hand and arm as support, swing your legs up the wall so the backs of your legs are touching the wall. Once you’re here, use both arms and scoot the sitting bones and whole body as close to the wall as you can. You’ll want your glutes to touch the wall if possible.
- Inversions allow our blood flow to be reversed, naturally bringing more blood (and hence oxygen) throughout our body.
- They are known to have anti-aging effects as well as a calming effect on our brain.
- This particular inversion is wonderful for lower back pain and also stretches the backs of the legs.