Yay my Copper pedicure bowl is here!

Yay my Copper pedicure bowl is here!

I love the look of my new copper pedicure bowl !, I’m so excited!, the word pedicure has its root in the Latin word ‘pedis’ meaning ‘of the foot’ and ‘cura’ meaning ‘care’.
I agonised over the expense of it, but I want to offer the best reflexology experience I can to my clients, to really spoil them and help them to totally relax and feel pampered offering a time away from the stresses and strains of daily living and that begins with a foot bath in my new bowl, with mineral salts and the wonderful aroma of essential oils.

Copper is known as the ‘healing metal’  due to its extensive health benefits. The health benefits of copper have been known for centuries, the first recorded medical use of copper is found in the Smith Papyrus, one of the oldest books known. The Papyrus is an Egyptian medical text, written between 2600 and 2200 B.C., which records the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and to sterilize drinking water.

Of particular interest to me is soaking the feet in a copper bowl can help to improve the immune system as well as help with reducing joint pain and inflammation in conditions such as arthritis. Positive and negative magnetic fields created by copper also aid energy flow through the body.
Copper is an essential micro mineral benefiting bone, nerve, and skeletal health.The healing power of copper seeps into the water, when the body absorbs small amounts of copper into the bloodstream it binds together with enzymes, these enzymes assist red blood cell formation which is necessary for the body to repair and heal itself. Copper  provides a natural boost to the wellbeing of connective tissue, hair and skin, rejuvenating and soothing.
Also of importance when giving foot therapy is the naturally occurring antibacterial properties of copper effective in killing many germs and bacteria, copper has proven antimicrobial properties.

My bowl weighs approx 5.5lbs (2.5kg). Measures approx 20”(51cm) wide top rim, 14”(35.5cm) wide base and is 8”(20cm) deep.

The bowl is finished with a lacquer to protect the bowl from exposure to air and moisture. Copper will patina ‘antique’ over time, to restore the bowl’s natural beauty and retain the original appearance apply a thin coat of olive oil to the inside of the bowl and let it sit overnight and polish with a soft cloth. Doing so restores the bowl’s natural beauty.

I am looking forward to experimenting and adding hot stones to the bowl this will help to keep water warm longer. The bowl is filled with warm water, 1/2 cup of epsom salt or dead seas salt is added to the water, chosen for their therapeutic benefit to suit, a few drops of essential oil, tea tree, lavender, peppermint or another choice are blended in, a sprinkle of flower petals and you are ready to close your eyes, your body and mind relax as you drift away soothed by peacefull music while your feet soak .

My focus today is on tea tree oil. I do so love herbal healers.

I had the following info on tea tree oil in some notes of mine on herbalism, but sorry I haven’t found the source of them, my bad, but they are very comprehensive and fascinating so I wanted to share them. If anyone knows the source I would love to credit them.

About Tea Tree Oil:25-Uses-for-Tea-Tree-Oil-Keeper-of-the-Home-feat-800x533
Tea tree oil (TTO) is typically extracted from the leaves via steam distillation, and maintains its potency for roughly 1 year from the date of distillation when properly stored in a dark glass bottle and out of direct sunlight. Tea tree oil is noted for its anti-microbial properties, fighting bacteria, inhibiting the growth of fungi, and potentially wiping out certain viruses. Research has determined that it derives its benefits from terpene hydrocarbons. While there are numerous terpenes (approximately 100) that make up tea tree oil, terpinen-4-ol is largely responsible for its antibacterial properties. A standard for TTO is maintained that requires all commercially available oil to have a minimum amount of terpinen-4-ol, with no upper limit, to maximize its broad spectrum antimicrobial activity.

TTO works in several different ways to fight microbes. When studying the mechanism of its actions on E. coli, S. aureus (bacterium that can lead to staph infections) and C. albicans (a yeast) it was found that it mainly affected two things-cellular respiration, leading to decreased oxygen intake, and increased cell permeability. The decreased oxygen harms the cells as it is a vital component in the electron transport chain that makes up the process of cellular respiration. Without this process, there is no way to create usable energy, and no way for the cell to continue functioning. When cell permeability is increased, foreign substances can penetrate the cell membrane more easily, and the cell can “leak” vital components. There is some tentative research into how tea tree oil has anti-viral properties, particularly when it comes to the herpes-simplex virus. And while it’s true that there really isn’t much to be done once the virus takes a hold of your body, when outside floating around in the environment, some can be rendered ineffective by tea tree oil. In short-tea tree oil is an awesome tool with a powerful array of anti-microbial properties at its disposal. It’s not an almighty cure-all, but it is pretty dang handy.

the fantastic Photo of tea tree oil- credit ‘Keeper of the Home’.

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