This guide aims to give you advice and information on natural foot care. We take a look at the most common foot care complaints and provide natural foot care tips to help you to keep your feet happy and healthy.
"Giving your feet a little consideration and loving care can make all the difference."
Natural foot care to keep your feet happy
When it comes to beauty care, the one area of the body we take for granted is the feet. Yet they support us physically, grounding us and representing our foundation and connection with the earth. Giving your feet a little consideration and loving care can make all the difference. We have some great natural tips to help you to give your feet a little more love and respect feet.
Extra special treats for toes
Try sugar scrub as a pre-bedtime ‘treat’ for dry, callused feet.
- Wash and towel dry feet. Massage each foot for several seconds with sugar scrub using small circular motions, rinse with warm water. Then apply a generous amount of body butter or a good foot cream. Slip on a pair of cotton socks before getting into bed, and you’ll awake with incredibly smooth, soft feet.
Reviving marble foot massage - Try this lovely treat to soothe your hardworking tired feet.
- Fill a pan with 1/3 of marbles and 2/3 warm water (not all the way to the top – you need room for your feet as well!). Add ¼ cup of Epsom salts and 3 drops of your favourite essential oil. Gently glide your feet along the marbles for a soothing massage. Soak your feet for 10 minutes. Your feet will love it!
Think twice before you buy your shoes
- Avoid buying shoes in the morning, as the feet expand during the day. When trying on shoes, wriggle your toes to make sure they are roomy enough. Shoes should be comfortable, and easy to put on at the time of purchase. Never expect them to 'break in'.
- Alternate the shoes that you wear to allow the shoes to air and dry out between wearing as your shoes can absorb up to 60% of the moisture released from your feet each day!
Treat yourself to a nice foot care routine
Follow this foot routine a few times a week and you will have lovely looking feet.
- Remove the hard skin from your feet, use a pumice stone or apply cream generously on the area in order to remove the dead skin.
- Soak your feet in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes to soften the skin (add ½ cup Epsom salt or 5 drops of essential oil of your choice).
- Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes.
- Massage your feet with rich foot skin cream. Cup your hands on either side of your foot and with your thumbs firmly press the upper part of your foot while pushing your thumbs outwards.
- Gently massage the anklebone in a circular motion to remove any stiffness in the ankle.
Enjoy a foot bath
After being on your feet all day nothing feels better than to soak your feet in a basin of warm water enriched with essential oils or Epsom salt. A foot bath is also a great way to treat many common foot complaints.
Suffering from chronically cold feet?
Try a warming Ginger foot bath. Add 1-2 tsp of fresh shredded Ginger or 5 drops of Ginger essential oil to a basin of warm water and soak you feet for 10-20 minutes, rinse and dry.
Tired or hot feet?
A refreshing and cooling Peppermint and Eucalyptus foot baths will do wonders. Add a total of 5 drops of essential oil to warm water, soak your feet for 10 minutes.
Epsom salt is another great way to relax tired, achy feet. Add ½ cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak your feet for 10 minutes, rinse and dry.
Add ½ cup of organic Apple Cider Vinegar to a pan of warm water and soak your feet for 5 - 10 minutes. Works great as an antifungal and deodoriser or alternatively try ¼ cup of deodorising Baking Soda. Spray your shoes with a natural, aluminium free, deodorising deo crystal spray.
Athlete's Foot can be a symptom of yeast overgrowth in the body. Sugar, fruit juice, alcohol and yeasted breads may all contribute to a yeast overgrowth in the body.
Athlete's Foot is easy to catch if you frequently use public pools and shower rooms, or sweat a lot and wear tight non-breathable shoes. Take a probiotic supplement and try an Antifungal Foot Soak.
Mix 1/4 cup organic Apple Cider vinegar with 5 drops Tea Tree or Manuka oil and 5 drops Lavender oil and add to warm water. Soak your feet for 10 minutes. Dry thoroughly, especially between each toe and apply some Tea Tree or Manuka essential oil (both excellent anti-fungal agents) to the affected area.
How to treat swollen feet
A certain amount of swelling in your feet is natural in warm weather, if you stand on your feet all day, if you take oral contraceptives, if you habitually cross your legs or if you are in late pregnancy. Swollen feet can also be a sign of heart, kidney and liver disorders as well as minor vascular disorders. If your feet swell chronically , see your doctor.
"Exercise improves your circulation, helping to reduce the tendency of your feet to swell."
- Sit down, remove shoes and socks, and elevate your feet and legs. Place a pillow under your heels, and prop your feet on a chair or high stool. If you can, soak your feet in cool water first.
- Revisit your dietary habits, are you having too much salt or suffering from an underlying illness?
- Are you exercising? Exercise improves the health of your cardiovascular system and your circulation, helping to reduce the tendency of your feet to swell.