Plantar fasciitis is a common painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot. The plantar is tough dense tissue that normally receives very little blood flow. During normal use, activity promotes blood flow through our body sending oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and surrounding tissue. This is blood flow that your feet don't receive when at rest and why plantar injuries take so long to heal. You need to reduce the swelling and stimulate the blood flow so your feet get the nutrition and oxygen they need to properly heal.

Prickly Ash is an excellent herb to use for increasing circulation. It also has a mild central nervous system stimulating effect that aids it in improving circulation. Pau D’Arco and Burdock are effective blood purifiers and blood builders. They have the ability to increase the hemoglobin and red corpuscles in the blood. Wild Lettuce leaves contain sedative properties that act like morphine, only milder. It exhibits a mild sedative effect, which relieves pain. White Willow is a valuable nerve sedative. It is the precursor to aspirin, except that it does not cause loss of blood through the stomach walls each time it is taken. Rosemary stimulates capillary circulation bringing more blood to the cells. Oat Straw helps hold calcium in the body and is very high in silica. Yucca’s root has a high content of ‘saponins,’ natural substances similar to steroids such as cortisone. Yucca reduces inflammation of the joints.

Plantar Fasciites Relief Tea

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  • Ingredients: Prickly Ash Bark, Pau D’ Arco, Burdock Root, Wild Lettuce, White Willow Bark, Rosemary, Oat Straw, Yucca, Vanilla Rooibos, Peppermint, and Ginger Root. HERBAL DECOCTION: Place 1 ¼ cup of water in pan with 1½ tsp. roots, heat slowly and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes. The longer you simmer the herbs, the stronger the tea will be. Strain into a cup and serve. **Drink 3 cups daily.

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