Things that make life more bearable #2: tea soaks

Oleg Guijinsky

I can’t remember where I read this originally, but here’s a cure for aching legs and throbbing feet: tea soaks.


  • One large plastic wash basin
  • Cheap tea leaves (I use jasmine)

The steps are simple:

  1. Scoop a generous handful of tea leaves into the basin.
  2. Run tap water until it’s scalding hot and fill up the basin, or just fill it up with boiled water.
  3. Wait for the water to cool slightly — only slightly — while it soaks up the tea leaves.
  4. Place feet inside basin and sit there, occasionally flexing your toes, until you feel better. (This is most convenient when done inside a bathtub.)

Alternatively, you can also buy these ‘resting time neat foot’ patches from Amazon, which I discovered on my trip to Japan last year. But the tea soak thing feels more therapeutic.


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