Athlete Feet, Calluses and Corns, And Foot Odors

by Penny Keay © 2005, 2013

Athlete's Foot
This common skin fungal infection can be easily remedied with essential oils.

Tinea pedis is the medical term for Athlete’s foot.   Unfortunately, Athlete‘s foot is highly contagious.   It can be picked up easily - even when walking across anyone's floor, barefoot of course.  It is not uncommon for anyone to get a case of it every time you travel and stay in hotels. (Speaking from personal experience.) Or if you go to the gym or pool.

It is scaly, cracked skin, especially between the toes and it can be extremely itchy.   Left untreated you could develop a bacterial infection - this would be much more serious.

To begin your home remedy for Athlete’s foot you will need to bath your feel daily.   Use a soft cloth and wash between each and every toe.  Use a mild soap.   Rinse well and then dry them well too - make sure you dry between each toe!

Apply a drop of Tea Tree or Lavender that has been diluted with a carrier oil between each toe.   I prefer using the Lavender as I don't care for the smell of Tea Tree.   You should apply this at least 3 times a day.  

You can mix it with a little Sweet almond or Sunflower oils  Add several drops of the Tea Tree or Lavender to 1 teaspoon of the carrier oil.   Then apply between the toes.

My usual routine is bathe feet at bedtime, dry and apply oils.   I put a clean pair of socks on in case I need to get up and walk around. (I don't need essential oils on the floors.)   In the morning, apply oils before putting on shoes. And then one more application around 4-5 in the afternoon.   Follow this routine for about 5-7 days and the Athlete’s foot is normally all gone.

After you have applied the essential oils, you can either put some clean cotton socks on immediately or you can use Talc Powder, or other powder to help keep your feet dry during the day.   Wearing cotton socks and changing them often will speed the healing process.

Most cases of Athlete’s foot respond rather quickly to Tea Tree   If you are one of the few, rare people that do not respond to Tea Tree or Lavender there are other stronger blends of essential oils you can try.   (Please e-mail us if the Tea Tree, Lavender or other recipes we have included here don't work.

A simple foot powder to dust on your feet.
Rosemary - 5 drops
Tea Tree - 2 drops
Thyme - 2 drops
Place in 5 oz (weight) Talc Powder,  

Shake well, let sit for 24 hours, shake again then use daily on your feet.   Dust on feet after showering, don't forget to spread your toes.

Calluses and Corns
Hard, thickened skin on the surface of your hands, fingers and palms.   Signs of someone doing hard manual labor.   Some folks, due to poorly fitting shoes develop calluses (on the bottom of the feet) and corns (on the tops of the toe joints).

Calluses are normally painless but they can be painful on the feet.   Corns can be especially troublesome.   Keeping the skin on your hands and feet soft will help to treat these maladies.

An easy to make Corn and Callus blend
Vanilla - 4 drops
Lavender - 12 drops
Myrrh - 6 drops
Sweet almond - 2 ounces.
Mix in a bottle, shake well to mix.   Massage into the affected area to soften calluses and corns.   Apply daily.

Foot Odors
Oh no, Don't take off those shoes! Foot odors seem to get worse in the summer months. Hot, sweating feet just seem to be a wonderful breeding ground for all those nasty odor producing bacteria and fungi. Many people are looking for an easy, home remedy to treat smelly foot odors.

Alas, there are many essential oils that will work to not only comfort your feet but help to eliminate the odors. A very soothing foot bath can help begin the process to destroy the bacteria and fungus infections.

A very simple home remedy for foot odor is a foot bath. Fill a basin of tepid to luke warm water that you have added a few drops of Lavender. This is the safest foot bath and can be used if you have broken skin, such as blisters and cracked skin (you know the kind you get between the toes).

Athletes Foot is caused by a fungus and will need a stronger essential oil. In this case, using a Tea Tree oil and Lavender mixture is recommended. To eliminate athletes foot you will need to repeat the treatment for several days to weeks depending on the severity of your infection and underlying health problems.

For hot tired feet a drop of Peppermint or Eucalyptus to the foot bath is very soothing too. Or a blend of Peppermint , Rosemary and Geranium. Try the following Recipe for Rejuvenating your feet after a long day.

Rejuvenating Food Bath
Myrtle - 4 drops
Spearmint - 4 drops
Grapefruit - 4 drops
Cajeput - 3 drops
Carrier oil such as (Almond, Hazelnut or Sesame)-1 teaspoon

Blend all oils and add to your basin of warm water, swirl around, then soak your feet and relax for at least 15 minutes!

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