Gramma's Homemade Foot Butter


| 4/11/2019 8:00:00 AM


I am plagued by dry feet that get severely cracked and sore if not dealt with on a regular basis. This is not a seasonal thing. I get this affliction all year long. I guess it doesn't help that I love to go around barefoot in the house and out in the yard and garden. Dry cracked feet is the price I pay for the freedom. Yes, wearing shoes and socks would be much more sensible but I'm not. Sensible, that is. There's something earth mother-ish about running around barefoot.

Both my mother and grandmother were do-it-yourself-ers. My mom gave me this recipe that she says my grandmother made when my mother was young. (Some day I'll tell you about the bread and milk poultices she says my grandmother used on her to cure nail puncture wounds! Holy cow!) I modified her recipe and we all think it's better than anything! I use shea butter instead of lanolin. (Grandma used lanolin.) I also deviated from the original recipe by adding tea tree oil.

This recipe is very flexible. Use more or less of the key ingredients and you get a different consistency. You can experiment around to see what works for you. I'll tell you what I do to get a firm consistency that is very effective.

Basic Recipe Ingredients

ingredients

• 2 oz shea butter (#1 key ingredient; relatively soft; very emollient)
• 1 tablespoon cocoa butter (#2 key ingredient; firm; has moisturizing properties)
• 2 tablespoons beeswax (#3 key ingredient; very firm; strong moisture barrier properties)
• 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil (#4 key ingredient; adds anti-oxidants; softening)



olive
Don't forget olive oil



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