Healthy Feet from Heel to Toe

Outside the occasional foot massage, people tend not to think too much about their toes … until something goes wrong. But a surprising amount of things can actually go wrong with your poor piggies, and they need your attention to stay healthy, beautiful, and strong.

One of the most common foot challenges people face is the unwelcome reality of thick, discolored or brittle toenails. This unpleasant phenomenon is often caused by a fungal infection in the toenail bed. Toenails may change color, become brittle, get softer, thicker and begin to change shape. They can also be quite painful.

Certified organic tea tree and oregano essential oils are to helpful tools to keep your toenails healthy and growing strong. To apply the oils, clean the nail with soap and water or alcohol and dry thoroughly. Apply a drop or two of essential oil and allow to absorb for 10 minutes. Gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. This is a rare occasion in which full-strength oil is recommended over diluted … but watch your skin closely for a negative reaction. Repeat treatment daily until a healthy nail has grown to replace the old one.

Feet are difficult to keep moisturized because they have no moisture glands. Freezing wintertime temperatures and harsh indoor heat can make it even harder to keep the skin of your feet properly moisturized and resilient. Without enough natural moisture your feet can become susceptible to cracking (heel fissures) that occur when dry skin becomes broken and inflamed. This condition can also be caused by a fungal or bacterial growth, poor circulation or poor foot hygiene. Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and diabetes could also be a culprit. And nutritional deficiencies with zinc, omega-3 fatty acids or magnesium may also be to blame.

You can also stress your feet out by motion patterns. Runners who repeatedly put pressure on the same spot on their heels may develop fissures, as may people who tend to walk barefoot. Cracked, dry heels aren’t just an aesthetic issue either – if left untreated your condition can become painful or infected.

Give your feet a deep and natural restoration in the winter with a refreshing foot soak. Pour two cups epsom salt and ½ cup baking soda into a sealable container (such as a mason jar). Add 3 drops each of certified organic peppermint, lemon and lavender essential oil. Stir with a spoon to mix. When you are ready to refresh you feel, add warm water and ½ cup of the salt bath mixture to a large tub. Let your feet soak for 20 minutes.

Use a pumice stone or foot file to gently remove dead skin on your heels. Finish with deep moisture such as N8 Essential’s Tranquil moisturizing cream. Apply just before bed as an overnight treatment and rinse clean in the morning.

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