Natural Foot Treatments

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The gorgeous weather here demands sandals.

But … Yuk. Yuk. Yuk!

My post winter feet are disgusting.

And anything but summer ready.

Urgent industrial scale work is needed to clear the hard and cracked skin and get these babies soft and smooth for the sun.

I’ve forked out for pricey creams before … but am loath to do so again when I’m not sure what exactly I’m plastering all over my tootsies …

… and am not even convinced they work!!

So I’m raiding the pantry for natural foot treatments that won’t cost the earth … and have proven their worth for generations of women from Cleopatra down 🙂

As always good nutrition and drinking loads of water helps skin no end but beyond that, here’s a whole bunch of soaks, scrubs and creams that you can whip up yourself …

Natural Foot Soaks

A good foot soak will soften the skin and make it easier to scrub … for intensive treatment try 10 … 15 minutes every day or as often as you can in any of these  …

  • Warm water and lemon juice
  • Warm water and glycerine
  • Warm water and salt
  • Warm water and honey
  • Any combination of the above
  • 1/4 cup Listerine (any flavour) and 1/4 cup white vinegar – don’t use vinegar if got any cuts or broken skin, stop use if skin becomes red and irritated and don’t use more than 3 times a week
  • Epsom salts
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup milk, 5 cups of warm water

I’m currently writing this with my feet in a bucket of milk 🙂

Apply a scrub or pumice after a soak.

Natural Foot Scrubs

The trick with natural foot scrubs is to combine something granular that will rub away at all that horrid hard skin with something that will soften it such as …
  • Crushed oatmeal with almond or coconut oil (5 teaspoons to 1)
  • Crushed oatmeal with almond or coconut oil and 1/2 a teaspoon of honey
  • Rice flour, honey and apple cider vinegar (5 teaspoons to 1 plus enough vinegar to make paste)
  • Salt, olive oil & lemon juice
  • Salt, olive oil & brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar, almond or olive oil & lemon juice
Or if you’ve got some canned pumpkin to hand try this super scrub of …
  • Equal parts canned/cooked pumpkin and brown sugar, teaspoons of coffee grounds and lemon juice plus a tablespoon of olive oil!
I’ve just made the rice flour recipe as I had this … and some cheap honey … in the cupboard and knew it wasn’t going to get used otherwise … loving it so far!!

Natural Foot Treatments

If you’re feet are as bad as mine and you’ve got really ripe bananas that aren’t going to get eaten or see ripe papayas at the market going cheap you can mush up a paste with a bit of olive oil and leave them on for 15 minutes after the scrub.

Natural Foot Cream

Bed time is obviously a great time to lather on a natural foot cream but during the day you can also try massaging in something you wouldn’t want on your feet in bed and wrap your feet up in cling film for an hour.

All of these should deep moisturise horrid dry skin on your feet …

  • Olive oil
  • Olive oil blended with strawberries
  • Petroleum jelly and lemon juice
  • Glycerine
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut oil and shea butter
  • Almond oil
  • Canola oil

I’m experimenting with olive oil, petroleum jelly … from my handy stain removal kit 🙂 … and glycerine. I’ll let you know what I think works best.

What about you? Have you got sure fire recipes for summer smooth feet  that you can concoct from the pantry? Do share them below … and if you’ve found this post useful, take a peak at other posts in our Health & Self section. 

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Hello, I'm Luci, Editor of Mums Make Lists. MML is full of creative tips I’ve put together to bring calm and balance to the lives of busy mums and their families.

10 thoughts on “Natural Foot Treatments”

  1. I know what you mean! I’ve been working on my feet since last week, trying to get them ready for sandles. Thanks for sharing your home-made remedies. I’ll certainly try some of them.
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  2. Ever consider a post on tips for at home pedicures? I like painted toes in the summer, just because I see them so much, but I am loath to pay for pedicures. At the same times, I am kind of terrible at painting my toes!

    PJ @ The Impulsive Crafter

  3. Thank you for these great ideas! My feet are really suffering right now and it’s finally time to start wearing my sandals and flip flops everyday!

  4. Great great diy foot remedies… thanks so much for sharing… pinning to try, soon:) My feet get really dry from wearing flip flops so often and sand and sea salt are rough on feet too:(. found at whatever goes wed linky. Have a great week.

  5. I am just a little bit obsessive over foot-care, and love all the natural options, especially a deep treatment before popping some socks on at night to protect the sheets and also allow my tootsies to absorb maximum creamage! #AllAboutYou
    (Ps, adding my foot scrub post I did a couple of weeks ago!) xx

  6. These all sound awesome! I currently have a foot emergency! LOL! I had pneumonia this year, which led to no circulation to my toes, and my big toe nail fell off! I’m all better now, but my peep toes and flip flops will be in storage for the summer! I’m soooo bummed! Neither my doctor nor hubby understand my panic at my inability to wear wedges. 🙁 Maybe a soak will help it grow back faster! (Just had to rant ~ thanks!) Julia

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