I have often seen people neglecting their feet when it comes to their health and beauty routines. The feet are the pedestals of beauty. Your posture, your figure, your grace of movement all depends on your feet.
The human foot has 52 bones, and 214 ligaments. It is subject to more pressure and injury than any other part of the body. It can also be affected by a great variety of diseases, circulatory disorders, dermatitis, diabetes and arthritis etc. However, minor foot problems start from outside pressure and everyday complaints like corns, calluses, itchy and swollen feet are very painful and could grow worse unless they get proper treatment and attention.
Here are some of my blend recipes for all you lovelies to pamper your feet and address common concerns being faced by you on a day to day basis. Enjoy the good read!
Corns and Calluses
- Corns and calluses are caused by the way we walk and by friction on the foot. You are; therefore, better off walking bare foot or with a minimum sandal whenever possible.
- A massage with olive oil, castor oil or coconut oil mixed with 2-3 drops of peppermint oil softens the dead tissues and makes it easier to rid yourself of these problems.
- A salt foot bath followed by a massage with lemon peel oil is very soothing. You can make this by turning half a lemon inside out and filling with olive oil or any other vegetable oil. Allow the oil to seep in overnight.
- To ease the corns pain, tape garlic or onion on the affected area.
- Rubbing a pumice stone over calluses softened after bathing keeps them small and eliminates them eventually.
- 100 gram coconut oil.
- 5 gm camphor.
- 20 gm paraffin wax.
- 5-10 drops lavender oil.
Mix well, melt these blends and store in a tin. Use this concoction on clean feet at night daily till the cracks disappear. Wash feet in the morning and massage with a hand and body cream.
- Athlete’s foot is a fungus which develops an itchy rash between the toes with minute blisters splitting the skin.
- Lemon juice and vinegar applied to the feet are excellent for controlling itchiness in feet.
- Onion juice between the toes relieves itching and athlete’s foot.
Do not be frightened because it is not dangerous even though painful. The swelling will soon disappear- apply hot and cold compresses to the feet.
- Lie or sit with your legs elevated.
- Soak feet in a basin of hot water to which a handful of Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulphate) and a hand full of salt have been added along with 3-4 drops of cedarwood essential oil.
- The swelling will soon disappear if you tie crushed leaves of geranium over the feet.
Perspiration of the feet
It should never be suppressed because severe and incurable diseases will follow and will last until the feet perspire again. Use a foot powder.
Make your own foot powder
Talcum powder- 1 ½ cup.
Boric acid- 2 tablespoons.
Corn starch- ½ cup.
Mix all the ingredients together and use.
Chilblains- This is a condition where a painful, itching swelling occurs on feet, caused by poor circulation in the skin when exposed to cold. Scratching an itchy chilblain only worsens it and needs medical attention. If the chilblains are unbroken, you can rub with an iodine ointment at night. In the morning, paint the area with a mixture of equal quantities of Tr. Benzoin and a week solution of white iodine.
If you are susceptible to chilblains, keep your feet warm and do foot exercises. Alternate bathing your feet regularly in hot water followed by cold water will help circulation.
A little peppermint essential oil added to your foot powder and sprinkled in your stockings will help cold feet.
Can your feet give you wrinkles?
Yes. Every time you squeeze into a shoe that is too small, and wince in pain, you are building an unpleasant facial expression that could stay with you for a life time. It is not worth it, feet can easily be made happy and pretty.
Always try on shoes in the afternoon on a hot day. At this time your feet are as big as they are going to get, so you cannot be fooled into buying the wrong size. Since everybody has one foot larger than the other, try on both shoes before you buy them. Remember they should not feel uncomfortable; you cannot break into a shoe. If the shoe is uncomfortable, try another style.
Avoid high heels for as long as you can. For longer stretches of standing, use sturdy leather lined shoes with a broad-based medium heel. Do not use the same pair day in and day out. Leather loses its shape unless allowed to rest for a day or so.
To exercise feet, once in a while, move around barefoot. Sandy beaches and thick grass stretch your arches and make your toes work. Alternatively, you could walk on a carpet for 30 minutes. Picking up marbles with your toes improves the state of your feet.
On last tip- Remember to dry your feet after bathing, particularly between the toes. Damp feet provide the perfect environment for foot infections.
Spend a little time to nourish your hands and feet. Here are a few tips:-
- Wash your feet with water to take away all dirt. Take a little salt and with wet hands rub over the feet in gently circular motion to exfoliate the dead skin.
- Then take carrier oil in a bowl, warm it a little. Add 1 drop each of orange, vanilla oil and peppermint. Soak your feet in it for 20 minutes. Your skin will absorb the oil and become soft and supple. This is an excellent remedy for dehydrated skin especially during winters. Gently massage the oil onto your nails and cuticles.
- Remember to use a hand cream every time you wash your hands. Apply colourless nail polish on your nails and toes for nail cultivation. Keep them well shaped.
Remembering some lines I read somewhere, make apt sense here, “The world may be in your hands, but you walk through it with your feet, and they need to be taken care of”. Happy Feet, Happy You.