There are many reasons people suffer from swollen legs and feet. Of course, there are pills for everything. But you don’t need to take pills for this. Here are some ways to get rid of that pain. Some of these especially good for people whose work force them to be on their feet for long periods.
1. Magnesium Supplement
Something as simple as a magnesium deficiency can cause edema, and taking a supplement is sometimes all you really need. Magnesium is difficult for the body to absorb, so you might also opt to use a magnesium infused lotion, oil, or cream instead, since it’s easier for the body to use magnesium this way. Many people find that simply adding a magnesium supplement to their diet is all that was needed to relieve swelling in the legs and feet.
2. Tonic Water Soak
Soaking your feet and ankles in some cold or room temperature tonic water really helps with swelling. The quinine helps reduce inflammation.
Someone trained to do massage can simply do wonders for those swollen legs, feet, and ankles.
Swimming, or even just floating, in water can really help to relieve those swollen legs. The pressure from the water gets the circulation moving, but it also gives your body a break from the constant pull of gravity.
5. Drink Water
Excess salt is one big reason why our legs and feet swell up and increasing your fluid intake will dilute the salt in your blood. Try your best to drink 8 glasses of water each day, and then a few cups of herbal tea for good measure. Add a few slices of cucumber or lemon to that glass of water. These fruits have anti-inflammatory compounds.
6. Parsley Leaf Tea or Flaxseed Tea
Parsley leaf tea is a natural diuretic, so it will help to remove excess water from the body. You can buy this tea in most health food stores, or make your own by boiling about 2 tablespoons of dried, powdered parsley leaf in two cups of water. Cover the pot, turn off the fire, and allow to sit overnight. Strain and add some lemon juice. Drink three cups one day, and then wait 3 days before you repeat the process.
Put 2 liters of water in a pot and add 8 teaspoons of flaxseed in the water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover, and leave on the stove for one hour. Strain, and then add the juice of 2 organic lemons. Drink this tea twice a day for 2 weeks, or until your swelling has disappeared.
7. Grapefruit Essential Oil
A warm bath with 5 or 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil can also work to reduce swelling. While you are soaking, rub your legs, feet, and ankles upwards, towards your heart. Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes.
8. Put Your Feet Up
The ideal position is to put your feet above the level of the heart, but any elevation is going to help things flow the other way. So prop up your feet on some pillows, or a stool or even on your desk at work.
10. Saline Soak
This is a natural way to remove excess water from the body. Dissolve about 2 pounds of plain old salt in 10 liters of cold water. Soak a small towel in this solution and wring it out. Place the towel on the lumbar (lower) part of the back and leave it there for about 20 minutes. Do this every night before bed for 10 days. Your swelling should decrease dramatically.