Make yourself a healing Russian clomps/clogs (called lapte)

Russian clomps/clogs of linden so-called lapels can be bought in Russia and possibly in some other countries of the world, where there are specialized shops with Russian artifacts. However, plain wooden clomps/clogs or slippers can become lapels when you make them for yourself. It is enough to fill your clomps/clogs or slippers with medicinal herbs and get the most striking effect.

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How did the wooden clogs come about?

The date or year of production of the first clogs/clomps is not known. Some historians believe that wooden clogs/clomps originated come from the ancient Greece, but some believe that they were invented by the Celts or Germanic tribes. There are no precise historical data and the occurrence of clogs/clomps. As they were made of wood, after use they were used as firewood. The oldest found clomps was originated in the Netherlands, from 1230. The clogs were worn and popular until the 19th century because they were the cheapest and most affordable shoes. Today, around 3 million wooden clomps are produced in the Netherlands each year, sold as souvenirs or in tool stores. This craft activity in the world is gradually extinct, and even in the Netherlands, there are fewer producers that manually make wooden clomps. Most of the production of clomps is mechanically and computerized. The clomps/clogs are used in the Netherlands as protective footwear most often in agriculture because they have passed all European security checks and controls. The Dutch clomps are entirely wooden and resemble slippers with a pointed tip. Italian clumps/clogs resemble slippers with open fingers and upper part made of leather. English clogs are the forerunners of modern pawns used by health workers. The Japanese clumps resemble shoemakers with a wooden toe. In Serbia, clogs are the same as Dutch, in total from wood and resembles slippers with a pointed tip.

Interestingly, clogs/clumps are considered safe and secure footwear compared to iron-insulated work shoes.

How to make clogs/clamps?

Ordinary wooden clogs are usually made of soft wood or willow, poplar and linden. This footwear is healthy, although it’s not the most comfortable to wear. They can be part of folk costumes or workwear for the winter (snow, ice and mud). Clogs is made by master clomper. To make a couple of clogs, it takes about 2 hours. They are made mostly by handmaking of wood with less use of mechanization. The clumps are made wide to put hay or straw into them or wear woolen socks so that these shoes are warm to wear. It’s always better to buy clumps for the number bigger than your original number of footwear.

Why should clumps be filled with medicinal herbs?


If you have painful legs, swollen feet and sick heels, clogs filled with medicinal herbs are an ideal solution to get rid of the pain.

Get 2 pieces of cotton gauze, medicinal herbs of your choice (linden, marigold, thyme, cantorion, mint,… etc.), 2 plain plastic bags, socks and clogs (slippers), little universal creams (solea, nivea, balea, … etc.).

Put the pieces of gauze on the floor. Place a few different herbs/grasses on each piece. Lubricate your heels with cream. Wrap the grazing grass around your heels. Put plastic bags on your feet and put on clogs (slippers). Use whenever it suits you (by day or by night). You will feel the pain decreases at the first application. If you do this regularly, or whenever you have painful feets (heels and soles), you will eventually feel that the pain is completely gone. When the pain recurs, start again.


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