20 Must-Know Home Remedies For Cracked Heels
Got cracked heels? They’re an absolute nightmare! In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at 20 must-know home remedies for cracked heels.
New shoes equals a new you, but it totally sucks when said new shoes start to crack our heels. It’s mighty painful and mighty annoying because they look so good. However, it isn’t just new shoes that cause cracked heels. Dry feet are often a sign that we haven’t been giving our body the attention it deserves, and the likes of psoriasis, thyroid issues, diabetes and eczema are among the causes. And because there are no oils down there, the skin becomes drier and drier and drier. Eventually, it begins to crack. Not cool. However, help is at hand. Let’s take a look at 20 must-know home remedies for cracked heels.
Vegetable oil works as one of fabulous home remedies for cracked heels, because it contains fats that nourish your skin, giving it some tender love and care. For this remedy, you need to clean your feet before drying them. Make sure that they’re completely dry and then take 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil and apply to the affected areas. Then, put on a pair of thick socks and wear them overnight in bed. This might cause your feet to get warm but resist the temptation to take socks off until the morning! When morning comes, remove the socks and wash your feet. Do this each day before bed until your heels start to heal.
If you can get your hands on some Indian lilac, you totally should. Why? Because it might be one of the most effective home remedies for cracked heels, particularly if they’ve got to the point where they’re now inflamed and itchy. This is down to indian lilac’s anti-fungal properties, which will soothe any irritation, infections and dryness. Wash the Indian lilac leaves before blending. Add 3-4 teaspoons of turmeric into the mix and then apply the mixture to any affected areas on your heels. Leave for 20 – 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water and drying with a cloth.
A fruit mask is one of ideal home remedies for cracked heels, because it contains the right kinds of enzymes and compounds that soothe and soften dried and cracked heels. Essentially, the elements found in fruit “eat” your dry skin, but the good thing? They don’t actually damage the healthy tissue! Instead, they reveal soft and smooth feet. Awesome! Coconut is a great fruit for cracked heels, while banana and avocado are also excellent. Speaking of banana and avocado …
Banana and Avocado Foot Mask
Avocados are amazing, right? They’re basically the vegetable of the year and we can’t think of a single person who doesn’t love them! And because they’re rich in vitamins, fats and essential oils, they work just as well as a foot mask, as they do in a salad. Bananas also work too because they’re basically a natural moisturiser that softens and smooths your skin. What total babes these two are! To create one of simple home remedies for cracked heels take half an avocado and a single banana before blending together, add a couple of teaspoons of avocado oil (or olive oil). Then, apply the paste to any affected areas and leave for up to 30 minutes. Wash with warm water and do this each day until your heels are looking better.
What better fruit than lemon to cure life’s ailments?! Lemon juice is a fantastic exfoliator because it’s rich in acetic acid that clears up dead skin on your cracked, dried heels. There are a few ways you can use lemon juice for your heels. One way is to add lemon juice to mashed papaya, so that you form a foot mask that you then apply to your heels for up to 20 minutes.
Another way is to squeeze lemon juice into a basin of warm water before soaking you feet for 15 minutes.
Lastly, you could split a lemon in two and massage each half gently onto your heels. Massage each heel with one half of a lemon for around 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Then, apply a moisturiser. Do this each day until your heels clear up and look a lot better.
Coconut oil works for literally everything – and it’s also one of fabulous home remedies for cracked heels. It eliminates germs and acts as a natural sanitiser. This means that it can prevent your fissures from getting infected. Take a spoonful of coconut oil and gently massage it on any affected area. Cover with socks and leave overnight. In the morning your feet will thank you!
Wax-Mustard Oil Treatment
If your cracked heels have now reached the point where they’re actually bleeding, it’s time to get serious on them with this wax-mustard oil home remedy for cracked heels. Candle wax will suffice, but paraffin wax is a good option, too. That said, if you do use candle wax, we recommending using white candle wax only as colours can actually make your problems worse. Take half a cup of mustard oil and slightly heat it in a pan. Then, add 2 tablespoons of wax and stir until the wax has melted. Once you’ve got a nice paste, let it cool down before applying to your heels. Cover with socks and leave overnight.
Scrub The Heels
Scrubbing your heals sounds a lot less glamorous as dousing them in lemon water, but it’s a really effective remedy that could be just the thing you need. Fill a tub with warm water before adding soap. This will help to soften your heels. Then, place your feet in the tub and keep them there for around 20 minutes, while scrubbing gently with a stone. This will help to clear up the dead skin. Wash your feet with water before drying with a clean cloth. We then suggest that you apply a foot cream to your heels before covering them with socks and leaving on overnight.
Is there anything aloe vera can’t cure? Probably not and it’s especially potent for people who have diabetes, but it’s also one of amazing home remedies for cracked heels. Crush a few basil leaves before mixing a teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of camphor powder. Apply the mix to your heels, leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Mmmm, just thinking about honey gets our tastebuds going! Honey is joy, honey is life! And as well as making everything taste better, from a cup of tea to toast to oatmeal, it also helps to heel cracked heels. This is largely thanks to the fact that honey is an antiseptic that has soothing properties that are know to soothe your skin and revitalise it. In order to create one of amazing home remedies for cracked heels all you need to do is take half a cup of honey and mix it with a bowl of warm water. Then, put your feet into the mixture and leave for up to 20 minutes. Gently scrub the honey off, so that your feet supple and soft again. Do this each day until your heels start to feel better.
Honey and Milk Exfoliator
To really double down on honey and get the absolute most out of it, you should combine it with milk, it’s another one of fabulous home remedies for cracked heels. Together, they make a proper super hero team of natural moisturisers, with honey bringing its anti-bacterial properties to the table. All you need to do is take two cups of milk and combine them with a cup of honey in a basin. Soak your feet in the basin. The milk should be slightly warm, if you want it to be as comfortable as possible, but you should be careful not to make it too hot, as you’ll risk burning your feet! Soak for around ten minutes, while massaging your feet. The idea is to get the milk and money to loosen your dead skin. Once done, wash off with warm water.
Sometimes, you don’t even need to spend time making a mixture. Sometimes, you can simply wear wool socks to bed! It would be amazing if this home remedy for cracked heels worked every time, but sometimes it does. Why? Because wool socks are very good at trapping body heat, which in turn stops your feet from losing much-needed moisture. If it’s cold, wear wool socks during the day and at night in bed. Keep your feet nice and warm and keep that crucial moisture in.
Rice flour comes in handy when you want to remove dead skin and it’s often used as exfoliating ingredient for women who want to tackle dead skin cells on their body and face. To create one of simple home remedies for cracked heels take 2 teaspoons of rice flour and place them in a bowl before adding 2 teaspoons of honey and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Stir until you form a paste. If your condition is really bad, add some olive oil to the mix, too. Then fill a tub with warm water and soak your feet in for 20 minutes, while scrubbing your feet with the paste. Do this a few times each week and you should start to see improvements.
Baking soda is the home remedy your grandmother always told you about. And when it comes to cracked heels, this tried and trusted remedy is an absolute babe. Make a solution with water and soak your feet for 15 minutes. Repeat each day so that baking sodas anti-inflammatory and exfoliant properties can do their job.
Vinegar is pretty handy at providing relief from all kinds of everyday injuries, such as wasp and bee stings, and it’s one of fabulous home remedies for cracked heels. White vinegar is especially potent because it contains acetic acid, which acts as a gentle exfoliator. However, it’s no use for you just applying vinegar directly to your feet, as this can cause them to dry out even more. Instead, you need to create a foot soak. To do this, pour a few cups of warm water into a basin and then add a quarter cup of vinegar, as well as some sweet almond oil (or olive oil). Soak your feet in the basin for around ten minutes and scrub your feet gently with a pumice stone. Rinse afterwards with warm water.
One of our favourite oils, avocado oil is a great way to treat cracked heels, because it’s a natural skin soother. It also works for scrapes and cuts and kills germs, while healing damaged skin. All you need to do is rub a a dab of the oil on your cracked heels before bed. Cover with socks and sleep.
Another one of great home remedies for cracked heels is paraffin wax. It’s effective because it boosts your blood circulation, softens the area, and improves your skin tone, while also relieving any pain and discomfort you might be feeling. Paraffin wax is actually used in the beauty industry because it’s so effective at softening and moisturising skin. Put a block of paraffin wax in a double boiler, so that it melts. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and allow it to cool. Place your feet inside the mixture for 5 – 10 minutes before removing, and repeat a few times. A layer of wax will form on your skin, which you will then need to remove. If you do this a few times a week, you should start to see promising results.
Got some oatmeal left over? Of course you have. In order to create one of simple, yet effective home remedies for cracked heels mix some instant oatmeal together with olive oil to make a paste and then apply to your cracked heels. Let its moisturising properties do their jobs before rinsing off after 20 minutes.
Petroleum jelly is another good option of home remedies for cracked heels, because it softens coarse areas up and makes your feet beautiful again! (and, yes, feet can be beautiful!) Fill a tub up with warm water before placing your feet in for 10 minutes or so, while rubbing the dead skin off. Apply the petroleum jelly to your heels and then cover with socks. Leave the socks on overnight, and see wonderful results in the morning!
Organic Shea Butter
Last but not least, organic Shea butter is another one of great, natural home remedies for cracked heels, because it’s stuffed in the right nutrients. It contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants and the vitamins A, D, E and F. Simply massage a few drops of Shea butter on your feet before bed, cover with socks and go to sleep. Rinse in the morning, and smile, because your feet will feel very soft!
What are your favourite home remedies for cracked heels?