Our feet are pretty important, but not always the prettiest part of our body. Considering how much we use our feet on a daily basis, it is no wonder why some of us have troll feet. If you are one of those people that suffer from ugly feet syndrome and winces with embarrassment every time you go to take off your shoes- don’t worry, there is hope for your toes. You can begin to remedy your dirty or smelly feet by using simple and natural remedies that can be easily prepared in the comfort of your own home. Lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil extract are examples of natural remedies that can cure common foot ailments. If you are ready to say goodbye to smelly and unsightly feet, then start off on the right foot by following our simple guide to natural foot care. Below are three ways to make your feet as healthy and happy as possible.
First and foremost treat your feet like you would treat any other part of your body. Most of us stuff our feet into a pair of socks and sneakers every day, and that can be problem. Without adequate, ¨airing out¨ our feet become prone to moulds and other yucky stuff like athlete’s foot. At the end of the day, come home, take off your socks and shoes and air out your feet. Let your feet breathe and opt not to wear socks to bed.
Wear cotton socks and purchase new shoes
Wearing cotton socks is a good preventative measure to protect against smelly feet. Cotton socks help wick away and absorb moisture that your feet produce throughout the day. It is best to invest in socks that are made from 100% cotton. Avoid synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester or rayon mixes. When it comes to good foot care it is also important to keep your shoes healthy along with your feet. It is generally advised to seek a new pair of running shoes after about 500 miles of use. If your running shoes start to smell like mould, it is a good indication that it is time for a new pair of running shoes.
Avoid walking barefoot at the pool
Every once in a while it is nice to sink your toes into the earth. This type of barefoot endeavour is okay. What is not okay, is walking barefoot in public spaces such as spas, gyms or any place that is shared by many people. These types of public places can be a breeding ground for foot ailments such as athlete’s foot. Protecting yourself against common foot ailments acquired in public places is easy: buy a pair of sandals and use them religiously.
Natural foot scrubs
Once you have taken the necessary self-care steps to prevent common foot afflictions then you can start to pamper them. There are many natural remedies that will help treat and restore the health and beauty of your toe woes.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, which is derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, is considered one of the best natural remedies for overall foot health. Tea tree oil helps to clear away fungus and moisturise the feet on a deep level. To use apply 3 to 4 times a day. At night, apply generously and wear socks to bed. You will wake up in the morning to healthy, glowing feet. They will smell good too!
Homemade foot scrub
Using a homemade foot scrub can help clear away dead skin and fungal infections that may be lurking below. If you live in a place with high temperatures, it is even more detrimental that you exfoliate your feet on a daily basis to prevent common fungal infections. An easy scrub can be made by using ingredients available in your local grocery market. Use the following recipe as a guide to superb foot care.
- 250g of granulated sugar
- 100g of olive oil
- 100g of coconut oil
- a few drops of peppermint oil
In a large bowl combine sugar, olive oil, and coconut oil (make sure coconut oil is soft enough to mix). Mix thoroughly until you have a grainy like substance. Add a few drops of peppermint oil. Apply generously scrubbing your feet. Wash with cold water.