|dencam photo of jewel chewing on her foot-pads-bear pawdicure|
Let’s talk about feet. Winter time is a great time to get those feet back into shape after a summer of flip flops and bare feet running around causing tough calluses. Did you know that when bears den in the winter they remove (chew off) the hard crusty pads of their feet so when they emerge in the spring they have soft fresh paws. Watching the bears, Lily & Jewel, chewing away at their feet reminded me of my own dry calloused footpads. And since I don’t particularly feel like chewing on my feet, here are some homemade recipes I have used in the past, give them a try. (unless you prefer to chew….ha!)
This scrub is quick and easy to make and leaves the feet feeling soft, smooth, tingly and refreshed
¼ cup cormeal
¼ cup ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon sea salt (or table salt)
A few drops of lemon or peppermint oil (or juice works too)
Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl with enough water to form a creamy, gritty paste. Add a few drops of the essential oil and stir again.
Sit on the edge of the bathtub, or in the shower and massage your feet with this mixture—really scrub all those rough areas and between toes. I find this quite invigorating. Rinse and dry thoroughly and follow with an application of a thick moisturizing cream.
NOTE: If you use the tub or shower, make sure to clean them right after this procedure; the cornmeal might swell and clog the drain. I usually do this using a washbasin in the tub and toss the contents in the garden for mulching.
This recipe softens leathery feet, deodorizes, and helps fight foot fungus. Following the foot soak, use a pumice stone or pediwand to buff away and softened calluses.
2 cups applecider vinegar, raw or processed
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
Place ingredients into the foot tub with enough water, warm or cold, to cover your feet and ankles. Swish feet to blend.
Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Pat dry and follow with a coating of moisturizer.
NOTE: have a nail fungus or athlete’s foot? Soaking your feet in just the apple cider vinegar is the absolute best medicine around…it even beats out prescription topical medicines. You can reuse the vinegar multiple times, I swear by it !! great for fingernails too.