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Cure for Cold Feet

Cold feet are one of winter's most annoying -- and common -- afflictions. The answer? A rich blend of warm, wintry spices. Cayenne, cinnamon, and ginger are all circulation boosters and mild stimulants. Applied topically, they increase blood flow, relieving chill and numbness. Cayenne, in particular, has foot-warming benefits; folk wisdom suggests sprinkling the fiery pepper into socks on cold days. For a more luxurious experience, try this simple foot mask. It combines spices, skin-soothing ingredients such as oatmeal and honey, and the invigorating essence of orange.

Orange Spice Foot Mask
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Foot Mask How-To
1. Using a food processor, grind the oats to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium-size bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended into a thick paste.

2. Prepare two warm, wet washcloths or hand towels, either by wetting them and placing them in the microwave for one to two minutes or by soaking them in hot (not boiling) water. Wring out excess water and set aside.

3. Sitting with your feet in the tub or a large basin, use your hands to spread a thick layer of the mask over each foot, covering them completely up to the ankles. After wiping hands clean, wrap each foot in one of the washcloths to seal in the moisture from the mask. Sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.

4. When you're ready to remove the mask, carefully lift off the washcloths. Rinse your feet thoroughly using warm water. Pat dry with a towel.

Text by Donna Garlough; photograph by Kana Okada; styling by Allison Canter

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  • daliabest 16 Oct, 2013

    Article forgot to mention Mr Woolly Socks, the only socks that save my feet from freezing off. They are made from pure sheep wool. I almost lost my toes and then started wearing Mr Woolly Socks that literally saved me. Get them on www.mrwooollysocks.com or on ebay or etsy.com

  • Karrue 11 Jan, 2013

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  • Joevans 16 Mar, 2010

    This sounds wonderful! The only thing I would have to purchase is the Sweet Orange Essential Oil. I think you can get away without it. Mmmm this sounds like a nice girlfriend gift as well.....

  • lvarnadodiva 2 Mar, 2009

    it does sound wonderful, but who has the time? By the time I spend money to purchase this and hope my kids wont decide to have breakfast every morning with the igredients, and to try and find time to prepare all of this, I would just rather spend $45 at a top spa and get a wonderful pedicure... away from home!!

  • onelovechild 18 Feb, 2009

    some people that have ill health problems that sock or slipper's can't help it circulation the bad so laugh all you like an when you are older u will see how it is hope you don't have to i have it and only 37 but I was born with out my thyroid gland's. my feet are always cold. I Have fibromyalgia

  • sebsrb 30 Nov, 2008

    Loved this, sounds good enough to eat, well minus the ceyenne pepper and put in Orange juice, put some on your feet and make some to eat at the same time...:)
    The aromas make you feel emothionally warm, a comfort thing.

  • mmsrjs 14 May, 2008

    I WILL GIVE THIS A TRY AS MY FEET ARE AS COLD AS ICE. MY HUSBAND SAYS, "HERE COMES THE ICE BERGS" AND SOX AND SLIPPERS JUST DONT DO IT FOR MY FEET. AN ELECTRIC HEATING PAD HELPS SOME, BUT CAN'T KEEP THAT ON ALL NIGHT. SOUNDS LIKE KLEASTERLING HAS WARM FEET, AND I PRAISE THAT LORD FOR THEM. THANKS MARTHA FOR THIS TIP

  • kleasterling 13 Apr, 2008

    This cracks me up! How about putting Sox and Slippers on??

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