By Arvette Hammar
With summer coming to an end, now is the time to deal with dry cracked feet. For me in California, dry cracked feet are always an issue because I run around in flip flops or bare feet more than half the year. This often leads to dry cracked abused feet. Dry and calloused feet don’t get any better with winter and I hate when my feet snag on socks or tights. Once boot season arrives, cracked feet will be more prone to fungus and can lead to various foot infections. So, here's how to repair dry cracked feet at home naturally.
Soaking in a warm foot bath softens dry skin and feels so good on overworked feet.
Softening Foot Soak
1 cup Epsom Salt
½ tsp. Avocado Oil or other light oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Use: Fill tub or container with enough warm water to cover feet and add Epsom Salt and Oils. For Extra calloused feet: Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (* Do not use if you are diabetic or have poor circulation)
Sit back, relax and enjoy. Soak feet for 30 minutes.
While feet are still in foot bath; use a Natural Pumice Stone or Foot File to gently slough away rough skin and callouses.
Periodically rub the bottom of feet with hand to judge softness. Don’t get too gung ho with skin removal because too much can remove the protective layer of skin on the feet and make them sensitive and prone to injury.
Peppermint Sugar & Honey Scrub
1 cup Organic Cane Sugar (fine) or Brown Sugar
¼ cup Avocado Oil
1 tbs. Raw Honey (warmed to liquid)
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil – you can use any essential oil you like, however peppermint oil menthol properties provide cooling and anti-fungal properties.
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Preparation: Mix ingredients together for a thick blend (similar to toothpaste), you may not need all of the oil.
Use: Apply exfoliating scrub with fine textured pumice stone, exfoliating glove or hands (give your hands a nice exfoliation in the process) to tops and bottoms of feet in a circular massaging motion. The goal here is to polish the feet to a smooth soft texture. Rinse feet well and wash feet with soap to remove oil. Caution: Feet may be slippery prior to washing with soap. Dry feet well.
A little about moisturizers. Water based lotions are good for applying to dry skin however they don’t last long and wear off quickly. Oil based moisturizers/balms/butters absorption rates vary depending on the oil. I have found that oil moisturizers work best at softening and smoothing dry skin and locking in moisture.
Super Foot Repair Moisturizer
½ cup Shea Butter (melted)
¼ cup Almond Oil
1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil – You can use any essential oils you like, however Lavender and Peppermint essential oils provide skin soothing and anti-fungal properties.
Preparation: Melt butter in a double boiler only until melted not boiling (microwaving will cause Shea Butter to become grainy). Remove from heat. Combine Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oils. Combine oils with Shea Butter and pour into dark colored glass jar with lid and store in a cool place. The dark colored jar will protect the potency of your essential oils. If you don't have a dark jar, store blend in a cool dark place. Blend will solidify.
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Use: Apply moisturizer immediately after drying feet, focusing on heals and other dry areas. It is beneficial to immediately place cotton socks on freshly moisturized feet to allow oils to penetrate.
Follow this process as often as needed.
I will often do this before going to bed and wear socks to bed to wake up to soft happy feet in the morning.
How do you naturally repair dry cracked feet?
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For those of those that love to go bare foot and shed our shoes whenever possible; foot fungus or athlete's foot is not usually an issue because fresh air and sunshine are usually naturally remedies for these conditions. But for folks that wear a lot of closed toe shoes and boots for work or athletics can suffer greatly from the itching, peeling, redness and burning associated with skin fungus on the foot. Foot fungus is caused by microscopic fungi and thrives in warm moist environments (i.e. feet with socks and shoes on). Most of us know of the anti-fungal sprays and powders that are well advertised, but if you want to go the natural route try these easy home remedies.
Tea Tree Essential Oil has been used potent antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal properties. Tea Tree Oil is for EXTERNAL TOPICAL USE ONLY.
You can buy tea tree essential oil at many of your local health food stores or Starwest Bontanicals http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/tea-tree-essential-oil/.
I noticed a definite nip in the air this morning, letting me know that fall is here. Of course the falling oak leaves in the front yard should have been an indication a couple of weeks ago, but I decided to blame it on the California draught. Yes, I was in denial, but who would blame me? I am not a big fan of winter AT ALL and Fall is the segway to winter.
With Fall comes another change in the environment that effects how we care for our skin. Our tootsies are about to leave those sandals and flip flops behind and be hidden away in boots and closed toe shoes for the next 5 or 6 months (depending on where you live). Out of site is out of mind and for most of us that means neglecting our feet for the season. One benefit of hiding those tootsies away is that unlike Spring and Summer, cracked heals are usually not a problem. However, you will begin to see an increase in dryness, fungus, ingrown nails, callouses and blisters/bunions.
Over the next week, I’ll cover natural ways to battle these winter toe blues. For now, take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery changing around you.
Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile, know that I cover a wide variety of topics and today is going to be no different :). So, September is National Preparedness Month and it never hurts to revisit some emergency preparedness tips.
Every change of season, I go through our family's emergency kits/bags to make sure everything is still in good shape in the event of an emergency. This is especially important with your vehicle kits that are subject to temperature changes. Don't have an emergency kit or not sure what should be in yours? Go to Ready.gov here at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information.
Here's a quick list of some of the items that should be checked and maintained in your kits:
*LAST BUT NOT LEAST- Replace that bar of Holistic Blends Soap that you nabbed out of there when you ran out last month!
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