Having swollen feet and ankles is quite common, especially among women and the elderly.
Fluid retention in this region is known as edema and can be treated with natural remedies.
Are you interested in finding out what they are? Then read today’s article.
What causes swollen feet and ankles?
This problem might not only affect your lower extremities, but also your legs and thighs.
The reasons why people suffer from swollen feet and ankles include:
- Being overweight
- The development of a blood clot in the leg
- Being elderly
- A leg infection
- The veins are unable to pump blood back to your heart
- Spending too many hours sitting or standing
- Eating too much salt
- Not drinking enough water
- Your menstrual cycle
- Taking contraceptives or estrogen supplements
- Heart or liver failure
- Kidney problems
As you can see, there are a variety of reasons why you might have swollen feet and ankles. That’s why an accurate diagnosis by a professional is essential.
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Home remedies for swollen feet and ankles
Aside from being an issue of aesthetics or just plain annoying, edema is a health problem that you should try to alleviate. You can opt for some natural treatments that will help reduce swollen feet and ankles.
Check out these homemade alternatives:
Sage and rosemary soak
Soaking your feet with soothing ingredients is a great idea for when you get home after being out all day or sitting and standing a long time at work.
With just 15 minutes a day you can rest better and avoid suffering that pressure caused by inflammation.
- 5 tablespoons of sage (50 g)
- 5 tablespoons of rosemary (50 g)
- 2 cups of warm water (500 ml)
- Heat the water and pour it into a suitable container (both feet must be able to fit).
- Add the sage and rosemary, and stir well.
- Place your feet in the bath and soak them until the water cools (about 15 minutes).
Salt water bath
This is the most popular remedy for those who suffer from swollen feet and ankles. You can enjoy the benefits of this soak while watching television, reading on the couch, or talking about your day with your family, for example.
- 3 and 1/2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt (40 g)
- 2 cups of warm water (500 ml)
- 2 cups of cold water (500 ml)
- Heat the water and pour it into a suitable container.
- Add half the salt and stir it until it dissolves.
- Add some of the cold water so that the temperature is comfortable for your feet.
- Soak for about 10 minutes.
- Dry your feet and discard the water.
- Pour the remaining cold water into the container and add the remaining salt.
- Soak your feet for at least three more minutes.
- This contrast between hot and cold water promotes circulation in your feet and ankles to reduce inflammation.
Mint has a lot of great properties: it’s refreshing, a diuretic, and anti-inflammatory. That’s what makes it ideal for when you are suffering from swollen feet and ankles.
- 3 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves (30 g)
- 1 liter of water
- Heat the water and add the mint leaves when it comes to a boil.
- Simmer for about 10 minutes, remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly.
- Pour this mixture into a container and when it’s cool enough, soak your feet in it.
- Continue soaking for 15 minutes or until the water cools.
Horsetail tea is perfect for removing toxins that have built up in the body because it’s a potent diuretic.
- 2 tablespoons of horsetail (20 g)
- 1 liter of water
- Add the water and horsetail to a saucepan.
- Boil for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let it steep while covered, and then strain off the liquid.
- Drink this tea throughout the day. If you prefer, you can sweeten it with honey.
Cinnamon and clove massage
This topical remedy can be combined with some horsetail tea after a salt or rosemary and sage soak.
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 3 cloves
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil (32 g)
- Crush the cloves and the cinnamon stick using a mortar until you have a fine powder.
- Add the spices to a saucepan along with the olive oil. Stir well.
- Heat over low heat for one minute (you can also heat for two minutes in the microwave, taking care that you use the appropriate container).
- Allow the mixture to cool and use it to massage the affected area.
- Use circular motions from the bottom up, and don’t rinse.
- Put on socks (wool is best) so that the oil is well absorbed and doesn’t stain your sheets.
- Remove the socks in the morning and rinse with warm water.
- Repeat this every night for one week.
Here’s another herb you can keep at home for its many properties (especially anti-inflammatory). You can use the essential oil or make a tea that you’ll use to massage the affected area.
- 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers (20 g)
- 2 cups of water (500 ml)
- Heat the water and add the chamomile flowers.
- When it comes to a boil, allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and wait for it to cool.
- Strain the water and pour it slowly over the legs.
- Perform a circular massage from the feet to your knees.