Winter Foot Care
Tis’ the season for unfortunate winter feet. Common in the colder months are dry, swollen, cracking, and stinky feet. The combination of the cold weather, wearing heavy snow boots, and the dry air contributes to less than desirable symptoms.
It’s very easy to treat smelly feet with a quick Herb Foot Soak. Ingredients include:
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
1-2 teaspoons of dried sage
1 gallon of warm water
Soak your feet for 15 minutes once a week, and say goodbye to the smells!
To keep the odor down between Herb Soaks, be sure you wash your feet regularly, use Bromi Lotion on your feet, and Clarus Shoe Shield to spray out your shoes. The lotion is formulated to decrease sweating and smells, and the shoe spray will kill most microorganisms in your shoes that are causing the odor.
To take care of the possible swelling, or edema, that is accumulating from certain winter situations like standing for long periods while shoveling, decreased circulation because of the cold, and decreased exercise, try another simple soak.
Epsom Salt Soaks work to decrease swelling because of the magnesium content. To make an Epsom Salt Soak, you will need:
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
8 cups of warm water
Soak your feet for 20 minutes whenever you need, and the Epsom salts will relieve not only swelling, but also helps ease the nervous system, heal minor wounds, and draw toxins out of your body. When you have completed you soaks, the next step will be using compression socks on a regular basis. Compression stockings improve blood flow in your legs. They gently squeeze your legs to keep fluid from pooling in your feet and lower legs, eliminating swelling and pressure.
Dry skin comes with the winter weather because of the decreased moisture in the dry air, hot showers, and soap that does not replenish the skin’s natural moisture.
Try a Milk Foot Soak. Combine:
Warmed whole organic milk
3 drops organic lavender essential oil
1 Gallon of warm water
Soak for 15 to 20 minutes, and say goodbye to dry, itchy skin.
The whole milk in this soak has fats and proteins that are thought to increase the moisture in the skin. For added moisture, apply Foot Miracle cream generously and then cover with cotton socks before your go to bed. The socks will help keep some of the moisture in that will allow Foot Miracle’s powers to stay effective all night.
Winter feet usually include cracked skin and calluses, which arise from the friction in your snow boots. To reveal your soft summer feet, use this Do-It-Yourself exfoliating scrub recipe.
DIY Exfoliating scrub:
Brown sugar- 2tbsp
Lemon juice- 1tsp
Honey- 1tbspOlive oil- 1tbsp
Bath tub half filled with warm (not hot) water
Take a handful of the scrub and, in circular motions, rub it on the hard areas of your feet. Once you have finished, rinse both feet with warm water.
Hope these new winter foot care tips have your feet looking fresh all year around!
By Nikki Ho