Natural Footcare for Cracked Heels
A long time ago, we managed apartments that were… let’s just say they were old. Old enough to have more problems than we could count. Each person in my family has battled one health problem or another due to that apartment. Thanks to the lovely mold-ridden carpeting I developed a skin problem on one foot that had me baffled only until recently. I would get an uncomfortable, cracked heel and very dry, crackly skin around the big toe. The other foot was okay. Strange. Over-the-Counter products didn’t work or were too expensive or made it worse! I tried product after product for 2 years. (I wonder how much money the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries sucked out of me? Hmm?) Then I started reading a wonderful magazine – The Herb Companion (No longer in print. Tragic.) It was filled with natural remedies that contain healing herbs. So I tried one that seemed easy enough. And it works! I won’t use anything else but my home remedies now. Amazing! So without further ado, here is a homemade foot oil recipe I cooked up based on an article from the magazine.
Here’s how to make your own.
My Footcare Oil Recipe
This is my go-to recipe to knock out cracked heels and dry, itchy skin.
12 drops of clove essential oil. I love Aura Cacia products and until I learn how to create my own oils, this is what I suggest you use.
Sesame oil. Make sure the oil is fresh because rancid oil smells awful and no amount of fragrance will fix the smell.
I use enough sesame oil to fill the tincture bottle about 7/8 full. Mix the ingredients right in the bottle, shaking vigorously for a minute or so. Shake it each time you use it, just to be sure. You can buy the bottles online (http://www.specialtybottle.com, or Amazon.com) and some health food stores will carry them also. Put a little on the affected areas and then massage it in. That’s it.
Oh yeah, if you’re a bit clumsy like me, you may need this to help prevent a mess!
It’s ok to experiment with fragrances, like adding a drop or two of other essential oils to compliment the clove. But don’t substitute the clove… it’s the important factor in healing those cracked heels and rough, dry skin. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that is strong enough to fight athlete’s foot. You can add less oil to your liking, but don’t go below 6 drops (which is originally recommended by the magazine). But in my opinion, 12 drops is the perfect strength. (Going higher is risky if your skin is sensitive. Clove oil is too strong to put directly on the skin so the dominating ingredient should be the base oil.) What it really comes down to is knowing what it right for you. For treating a problem like athlete’s foot, you’ll need to use this at least twice a day for about 4 weeks before you begin to see results. For my problem, I started using it once a night for 2 months straight and then I cut back to weekly. Hmm, 2 months versus two years… it’s a no-brainer!