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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
Gravity is simply not your BFF when it comes to fighting swelling in the legs. This gives you the perfect excuse to put your feet up every chance you get. Although the ideal position is to put your feet above the level of the heart, any elevation is going to help things flow the other way. So prop up your feet on some pillows, or hubby, or even on your desk at work. At least until the boss walks by!
9. Support Hose
OK, perhaps these aren’t the most stylish things around, but put on some pants and no one will know. Support hose, sometimes called compression stockings or even compression gear, are great at stopping swelling, especially for those of you who are on your feet all day. These are pretty darn tight, but they really make a difference. If they make your feet cramp after a few hours, try footless stockings.
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