Natural Cures for Dry, Cracking Feet
Dry, cracked feet is a problem that truly places a damper on slipping into sandals for the summertime or setting the mood with your sweetie. To ease the discomfort and embarrassment of this condition, try taking a step in the right direction with these following natural cures for soothing dry and cracked feet:
a) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil:
Following a thorough wash of the feet, apply a thick coat of hydrogenated vegetable oil to dry and cracked sections. Wear a thick pair of socks to bed and leave on overnight. Repeat until results are seen, which usually come within a few days.
b) Banana Pulp:
Treat cracked heels with the pulp of a ripe banana, leaving it on for 10 minutes and rinsing afterwards.
c) Glycerin and Rosewater:
Combine glycerin and rosewater to create a soothing remedy for cracked heels.
d) Paraffin Wax and Mustard Oil:
Melt paraffin wax and mix well with a bit of mustard oil. Apply to dry and cracked feet, making sure to rinse off in the morning. It is suggested to continue application for 10 to 15 days for the best results.
e) Natural Pumice Stone:
Remove the thick, dead skin that accumulates on heels by using a natural pumice stone, such as the terra cotta Gilden Tree Footscrubber, which cleanses, exfoliates, and reduces the appearance of dry, cracked heels.
f) Over-the-Counter Herbal Balm:
Keep the heels of your feet soft by using a medicated herbal balm that also helps to close fissures. Ingredients to look out for include the relaxing power of lavender and the soothing, softening properties of coconut oil.
g) Regular Foot Baths and Massage:
The combination of a foot bath and massage can jumpstart the healing process to create feet that are not only healthy, but soft. For example, combining three tablespoons of baking powder and � cup of rice into a vat of water prepares a soothing soak. Make sure to cook the rice in enough water to produce 2 to 3 cups of water left behind. Add in the baking power afterwards and soak feet until the water is no longer warm.
h) Herbal Foot Bath:
Boil five liters of water and allow to slightly cool before adding two drops of lavender essential oil and � cup of sea salt (or Epsom salt) before soaking the feet. While lavender allows the feet to relax and soften, this herbal recipe also works wonders by substituting the lavender for soothing sandlewood or Ylang Ylang oils.
i) Peppermint or Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak:
For a foot bath or suitable container, boil enough water to cover your feet and ankles. Allow the water to cool down before adding three drops of relaxing peppermint essential oil and one drop of eucalyptus essential oil. Lemon essential oil is optional, but can increase the overall sensation of the foot soak. You may also opt for a tea tree essential oil foot soak to effectively fight fungal infections.
Add a bit of chopped parsley to a foot soak or bath to take advantage of its antibacterial effect, as well as boost circulation.
k) Create a Skin Softening Bath:
Treat your feet to a skin softening bath using 1/4 fresh lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of water, and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together and add to a container for soaking the feet. It is recommended to soak the feet twice per week.