Natural Foot Care: DIY Treatments for Healthy Feet

Turn to natural foot care with these DIY treatments for softer, healthier feet.

| July/August 2014

If our feet could speak, what would they say?

“We’re so cramped in these tight, pointy shoes, we’re nearly numb.” “These shoes smell so bad it’s embarrassing.” “We’ve got corns everywhere and we ache.” If our feet could speak, they’d probably complain, and loudly. Our feet allow us to run, walk, jump and skip, taking us wherever we need to go. So what do we do in return? Abuse them! Instead, we should honor our feet, first with basic foot care and wearing appropriate shoes, then by giving them the occasional pampering they deserve. Try the following simple, DIY treatments for naturally pampered feet.

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Do-It-Yourself Pedicure

Aim to set aside one hour each week (or as often as you can) to properly treat your feet—not only will you get softer, healthier feet, but it’s also incredibly relaxing. Gather all of the necessary supplies beforehand to avoid getting up and dripping water all over the house.

Step 1: A footbath is often just as relaxing or stimulating as a full-body bath—feet are one of the most receptive parts of the body. To your foot tub, add enough hot or cold water (or herbal tea of your choice) to cover your ankles. Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to disinfect and a squirt of your favorite liquid soap or shower gel; mix. Soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes to cleanse and soften calluses. Use this time to scrub dirty toenails and soles, too.

Step 2: After soaking, gently remove calluses with a pediwand, rasp or stone. File any corns down with an emery board. Dry feet and legs when finished.

1/20/2018 8:16:11 PM

No, I don't think so! having nails that long encourages cracked nails when bumping the toe. I trim mine down as far as I can to prevent another painful cracked toenail.

7/2/2014 6:38:13 AM

what about crack heels?

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