Natural remedies for foot care
It’s almost summer and that means sandal weather! Make sure you feet are ready for flip-flops and strappy sandals by using these helpful home remedies to give yourself a pedicure the natural way.
Rough, cracked heels are a common complaint. And you want the rest of your feet to be as silky smooth as possible. A good preventative measure is to brush your feet with a nail brush every day when you take a shower. An ounce of prevention goes a long way. Just scrub the underside of your feet, paying close attention to your heels.This is a great home remedy for foot care.
To give yourself the full treatment of foot care, try this at-home spa pedicure for your feet.
You’ll need a large wide basin or bowl that you can fit your feet into. You may want to purchase a small plastic tub or storage bin so you than you have a container that will serve as your foot bath. Make sure both feet can fit comfortably.If you buy a storage bin, you can stay organized–store all your foot products inside.
Fill the basin with really warm water. Add a cup or so of Epsom salts and 1/2 cup of milk and swish the water around to dissolve the salts. These have great softening effects on your skin. Add a dollop of your favorite gentle body wash, and then soak your feet in the bath for fifteen minutes. Add a few flower petals for fun, for instance, rose petals will add a nice fragrance to your foot bath.This is a simple home remedy to prep your feet for healing natural treatments.
Metal foot “scrapers” are just too hard on your foot calluses. Instead, use a pumice stone to gently scrub away the dry, callused areas. Pumice is a great natural exfoliant for your feet. This first step should be done while you feet are dry.
Make a simple and natural exfoliating scrub for your feet. Use 1/ cup of sugar with enough almond oil to make a paste. Cover your feet throughly with the mixture, scrubbing the skin for 5 minutes. Rinse the mixture off throughly, making sure to get in between your toes.
Now you want to slather on a deep-moisturizing treatment as a natural remedy for foot care.
Take a cup or so of cocoa butter (any good unscented body cream will work, but cocoa butter is extra nourishing and will really penetrate your skin). Add a bit of almond oil for its deep-healing moisturizing quality. Now add a few drops if peppermint oil. The peppermint oil smells delicious and will both smooth and soothe–it does wonders to help tired aching feet. You could also use wintergreen or any other essential oil for fragrance, but peppermint oil is the best for a natural treatment for your feet.
Slather the cream all over your feet and ankles; but don’t rub it into too much. Wrap your feet in a hot damp towel, and sit back and relax for 15 minutes to let the moisturizer really soak into the skin. This is an important part of your natural foot spa.
After 15 minutes, unwrap your feet and rub any excess moisturizer into your feet and ankles. Your feet and heels should be softer and smoother, and beautifully sandal-ready.
If you plan you paint your toenails, use an orange tip wrapped with a bit of cotton to gently push back your cuticles, then paint your nails with a neutral colored polish, or try a bright summery tone! Your feet will be soft, pretty and smooth!