Cracked heels are both annoying, uncomfortable and can become quite unsightly. Sometimes they become really painful. A cracked heel may come from dry and thickened skin. It can cause redness, itching, inflammation or swelling and peeling skin. Once you notice these symptoms, take quick action to prevent the cracks becoming deeper and bleeding. Below are wonderful home remedies for cracked heels;
- Lemon, salt, glycerin and rose water foot mask
Take a basin of warm water to dip your feet. Add raw salt, lemon juice, glycerin and rose water to the basin. Soak in your feet for 15-20 minutes in this water. Then use a pumice stone or foot scrubber to scrub your heels and sides of your feet, then take a teaspoon each of undiluted glycerin, rose water and lemon juice and apply this sticky mixture on those cracked heels. Wear a pair of socks and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash off with lukewarm water and repeat it daily until your heels are healed.
- Vegetable oil
First, wash your feet and dry them thoroughly, apply a layer of vegetable oil to the cracked parts of your feet then cover with a thick pair of socks and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning and repeat this for a few days to get smooth and healed feet.
Take the pulp of a ripe banana and apply it on the cracked heels and feet and keep on for about 10 minutes then wash off. You can also make a foot mask at home using a ripe banana and half an avocado and flesh of a green coconut. Blend everything together then apply this thick and creamy paste over your heels and feet. Avocados and coconut are high in essential oils, vitamins and fats and bananas have wonderful moisturizing properties to keep your feet soft and moisturized.
- Vaseline and lemon juice
Clean and dry your heels thoroughly then soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes then rinse and pat them dry. Take 1 teaspoon Vaseline and lemon juice and rub this mixture thoroughly over your heels and cracked feet until it gets absorbed into your skin. Apply before bed and keep on overnight wearing a pair of woolen socks (they trap your body heat and increase effectiveness of the mixture). Wash off in the morning.
- Paraffin wax
Take some paraffin wax and mix with either mustard oil or coconut oil then heat it in a pan until the wax fully melts. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature then apply over your feet before going to bed and cover with a pair of thick socks. Wash off thoroughly in the morning.
Mix one cup of honey to half a bucket of warm water and soak in your feet for about 15-20 minutes. Scrub your feet gently to reveal soft and supple feet!
- Rice flour
Use 2-3 tablespoons of ground rice, add a few spoons of honey and apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes then gently scrub your feet with this paste to remove dead skin.
- Olive oil
Apply some extra virgin olive oil with a cotton ball and gently massage your feet in a circular motion for 10 – 15 minutes. Wear a pair of thick cotton socks to cover then wash off after an hour. Then, take 1 tablespoon olive oil, a few drops of lemon oil, or lavender oil in a small bottle and add an equal amount of water then mix well to get a thick solution. Apply this homemade cream a few times throughout the day and before bed to heal your cracked feet.
Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered oatmeal and some jojoba oil to make a paste and apply it over your heels concentrating on other cracked areas. Leave on for about half an hour then rinse off with cold water and pat dry. Repeat daily to remove all cracks and heal your feet.
- Sesame oil
Apply some sesame oil on your heels and any other cracked parts each night before bed and massage well until it mixes in the skin and cover with a pair of socks. Repeat every night to repair any cracks and maintain beautiful and smooth heels and feet.