Our feet have 250,000 sweat glands and can produce as much as 4 ounces of perspiration in a single day. Dusting your soles once or twice a day with a deodorizing foot powder will help to keep them dry and healthy. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) contains antibacterial properties, perfect for use in this soothing, deodorizing foot powder. MAKES 1/3 CUP
Calendula Foot Powder Recipe
• 1/4 cup cornstarch
• 2 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 tablespoon finely ground, dried calendula petals
• 1 to 2 drops geranium essential oil
1. Place all of the ingredients in a dry jar or resealable plastic bag and shake well to mix.
2. Pour the powder into a clean, dry container.
3. To use: Sprinkle the powder on clean, dry feet and gently massage into the skin, especially between toes.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002) and co-author of EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press, 2009).
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