The dreaded cracked feet. My girls and I struggle with it!
How about you?
Cracked heels and toes are a common problem because there are no oil glands on our feet to keep them moisturized.
Prolonged standing, excessive hot showers, cold weather, or wearing the wrong shoes often are the culprits.
No matter the reason, it’s no fun.
Cracked heels and toes are a pain
I’ve learned the hard way that if cracked heels aren’t tended to, the problem can worsen into deep cracks that can be really painful.
If you’ve had cracked feet or toes you’ve probably experienced:
- Itching and a burning sensation
- Difficulty in walking and wearing shoes for a prolonged period of time
- Development of other skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis
Natural Remedies To Heal Cracks
Here I have 8 remedies we’ve tried on our feet to heal our cracked toes and heels.
#4 was our “go-to” for a while until I started using 6# the premade balm but now we are back to using just coconut oil.
You will need to experiment and see which method or foot cream recipe works for you but give each method a few days of continuous use before you give up on it.
Start with the ingredients you already have at home and go from there.
#1 Soak In Lemon Juice
Lemon has mildly acidic properties that can help soften the dry skin around the heel to remove it easily.
Soak your feet in a tub full of lemon juice for 10-15 minutes and then use a soft brush to scrub away the dry skin. (don’t do this if you have cuts on your foot). Then apply coconut oil or a heavy moisturizer.
#2 Moisturize With Lemon and Olive Oil
Create a moisturizing cream for your cracked heels by mixing a spoonful of olive oil and a few drops of lemon (or lemon essential oil).
Apply on your feet before going to bed so that it can soak into the skin and start the healing process.
#3 Moisturize With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and since it is anti-fungal it can help prevent athlete’s foot, too.
Simply slather coconut oil on your feet and put on socks.
This works best if you do it right when you notice cracks starting to form.
#4 Moisturize With Coconut Oil Plus Essential Oils
For several years this was our go-to method to heal cracked toes.
My daughters each get them badly and my heels just look nasty in the summer.
We discovered when we apply this mixture on as soon as the cracks start appearing we can usually get them to heal up within a few days.
- Coconut Oil (get it here)
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
What To Do:
- Take a scoop of coconut oil, few drops of tea tree oil, and a few drops of lavender into your hands then rub all over feet focusing on the cracks.
- Put on socks after oiled up to keep the oil from getting on carpets and bedding.
- Apply 2 times a day until cracks start to heal (usually after a few days).
#5 Paraffin Wax Treatment
Paraffin baths feel so good in the winter especially if you always have cold feet as I do.
This one on Amazon works nicely and can be used on your hands too.
Doing a paraffin wax treatment twice a week should bring relief.
- Block of Paraffin
- 2 TBS Coconut Oil
- Plastic Wrap
What To Do:
- Melt a block of paraffin and mix in two tablespoons of coconut oil.
- Dip your feet in the warm mixture for 10 seconds.
- Continue to dip until a few layers of wax build-up.
- Cover your feet with plastic wrap and leave on for 30 minutes and then peel off the wax.
#6 Premade Natural Balm
I got this natural Badger Sleep balm during a time when my daughter was having a hard time sleeping but we didn’t see a difference in her sleep.
However, since it contains essential oils I had her rub it on her toes to see if it would help her cracks.
(It contains organic olive oil with lavender, rosemary, balsam fir, and bergamot essential oils.)
After a few days of applying it, she noticed it worked as well as using the coconut oil and essential oils with a lot less mess.
#7 Premade Essential Oils Blend
Another premade blend you can try is similar to the Badger Sleep balm but is made specifically for cracked heels.
It’s called H-Cracked Heel Formula and is a combination of Hazel seed oil, Rosehip seed oil, Avocado oil, Wheatgerm oil, Lavender oil, Geranium oil, Chamomile oil, Tea tree oil.
It works by moisturizing the feet and reducing the dryness.
#8 DIY Cleansing Foot Soak
So going back to a DIY recipe you can try this soak with Epsom salt plus essential oils.
The recipe from Simply Earth calls for Autumn Air and Eucalyptus but you could use Lavender and Tea Tree instead.
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- 1 Cup Epsom Salt
- 1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 3 Drops Autumn Air Essential Oil Blend (get it in the Simply Earth Subscription Box)
- 5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Small Jar
- In a small bowl, mix essential oils and fractionated coconut oil.
- Add Epsom salt. Mix until oil is evenly distributed.
- Store in a small jar. To use, add mixture to foot soak tub.
It’s no fun having cracked feet and I hope you can find relief with one of these methods.
Let me know if any of these remedies work for you.
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