Dry skin is a problem for many people during the winter as the cold weather and dry conditions take their toll on different parts of the skin, particularly on the heels of the feet. Besides being unsightly, dry, cracked heels can be very painful and can even lead to infection. Using essential oils to care for your feet can help the skin stay supple and healthy all winter long. There are many essential oils that can be applied directly to your feet to heal and moisturize the skin.
Another way to pamper your feet is to use one of the recipes below to give your feet the TLC they need (Recipes and directions from dailyglow.com. Click on the hyperlinked ingredients to buy essential oils.)
1 cup dry oatmeal
1/4 cup coarse sea salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
This is a dry scrub, so all you need to do is to mix all the ingredients together and massage the scrub into your feet. It will help exfoliate and get rid of hard, dead skin. Peppermint oil nourishes the skin because it contains omega-3 fatty acids.
Healing Foot Bath
2 gallons warm water
2 drops patchouli essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
Add the oils to the warm water and soak your feet for at least 15 minutes. These essential oils work well for problems like athlete's foot and conditions such as dry, cracked feet. The bath helps soften and soothe the skin, while the antiseptic qualities can help guard against infection.
Winter skin care doesn't have to be difficult when you use essential oils. These natural solutions are good for all skin types and can heal mild to severely dry skin. Take care of your feet this winter by stocking up on essential oils and taking the time to use them. This is a great, inexpensive way to heal cracked heals and have beautiful feet in every season.