Do you walk alot? Live in a cold, dry climate? The result is probably heels that are constantly dry and cracked, and it’s embarrassing to wear those strappy sandals you love in the summer! Before you try to get away with not-so-pretty feet, check out this article on essential oils that can help heal your cracked heels.*
Basil essential oil is a great choice for those who want to heal their cracked heels. This oil contains powerful antioxidants that help fight against free radicals, which can damage your skin. Basil also has antifungal properties that can prevent infection around the affected area.*
Basil essential oil is easy to use and store because it’s highly concentrated–you don’t need much of it at all! To use basil on your feet:
Do not use basil essential on children under the age of five, the elderly, those who have occupational exposure to carcinogens, smokers, or heavy drinkers.
Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a small fruit that grows on trees in tropical climates. It has a citrusy, floral scent that can help relax you after a long day at work or school.
Bergamot essential oil is used for treating cracked heels and other skin conditions such as acne and dandruff.* It works by reducing inflammation, increasing circulation to your feet (which speeds up healing), and improving moisture levels in your skin so it doesn’t dry out as fast as usual when exposed to air–all things that make it perfect for treating cracked heels.*
To use it for cracked heels: Add 2 drops of cedarwood essential oil to a bowl of warm water then soak your feet in this solution for 10 minutes before washing off with soap and warm water.
You can also apply a thin layer of pure (100%) moisturizing lotion on your feet after drying them off from the bath or showering session
Clove bud essential oil is a strong antiseptic and pain reliever, which makes it an excellent choice for cracked heels that are infected.* The antibacterial properties of clove bud essential oil can help fight off the infection that’s causing your cracked heels, while the analgesic properties will reduce any pain you may feel.*
If you want to use clove bud essential oil on your feet at home, simply add 2-3 drops of this powerful liquid into some warm water and soak your feet in the mixture for 15 minutes before rinsing them off with cool water. You should also rub some carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut (or even olive) onto dry areas after applying clove bud essential oil because some people find that applying too much clove bud can irritate their skin due to its potent nature! However, if you have exteremely dry or sensitive skin you may want to use a touch more oil when using carriers.* Avoid using clove bud essential oil on children under 2 years of age.
Cypress essential oil is a natural antifungal.* It can be used to treat athlete’s foot, fungal infections and other skin conditions.* Before rubbing cypress essential oil onto your cracked heels, it is best to dilute it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil, before rubbing it into your feet. Cypress essential oil is not recommended for use on children under the age of 2.
Eucalyptus essential oil has the antifungal property that can help in killing the fungi that cause cracked heels.* It has antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing skin inflammation and improves blood circulation which helps in the quick healing of cracked heels.*
Mix eucalyptus essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it on your feet and apply it overnight. Wearing a pair of socks at night will help the oils to soak into your skin and prevent getting oil on your floor or bed sheets. Eucalyptus essential oil promotes the healing process and soothes your skin while restoring the original skin. Always make sure to dilute essential oils for cracked heels to diminish their potent effects.
Do not use eucalyptus essential oil with infants or children under ten years of age. Avoid if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Avoid contact with eyes.
Geranium essential oil is a good choice for cracked heels.* It’s best to use geranium in a blend, but if you are using it alone, make sure you dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.* Geranium essential oil has a sweet, floral scent that can be overpowering if you’re not used to wearing perfume.
Try this DIY blend recipe using geranium essential oil and other essential oils known to help with cracked heels.*
Lemon essential oil is a natural antiseptic, which means it helps to fight off bacteria and reduce inflammation.* The main reason lemon essential oil is so effective for cracked heels is because of its ability to heal wounds.* It also has antibacterial properties that can kill the bacteria on your feet, which will help keep them from getting worse over time.*
Lemon essential oil can be used in many different ways:
If you use lemon essential oil topically, make sure to avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
Peppermint essential oil has been used for thousands of years to help relieve itching and pain.* It can be used in a bath, foot soak or directly on the skin (diluting with a carrier oil first is always safest). Peppermint essential oil has also been shown to have antifungal properties which makes it useful for treating athlete’s foot and other fungal infections of the skin.*
If you plan on using peppermint essential oil topically, dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba before applying directly onto your skin. You can also add a few drops into some beeswax (if making lip balm) or shea butter (if making foot cream). Maximum skin use level 5.4%.
Do not apply peppermint essential oil to face or near the face of infants or children. Should not be used during pregnancy or if epileptic.
We have combined two essential oils for foot care in our convenient Foot Care Essential Oil Blend. Tea tree and French lavender essential oils are the best essential oils for healthy cleansing, and purifying.* Both tea tree and lavender have antifungal properties.* Tea tree essential oil and French lavender essential oil work better together (synergistic) for cleansing and purifying than when they are used separately.* Foot Care Essential Oil Blend is an excellent solution to help with your cracked heels.*
When you purchase our Foot Care Essential Oil Blend concentrate, you will need to dilute it before you apply it directly to your feet. Add 3 to 4 drops of the concentrate to 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of carrier oil, body oil, cream, or body lotion.
Do not use Foot Care Essential Oil Blend if pregnant or have epilepsy. Should be avoided if you have allergy prone or sensitive skin.
You may also like Bandit’s Essential Oil Blend (Thieves type). Legend says that thieves used this blend of pure essential oils to prevent illness while robbing the sick during the Bubonic plague.* Bandits Essential Oil Blend is uplifting and energizing. This spicy smelling blend is similar to the popular Thieves essential oil blend. Use 5-10 drops of concentrate, diluted in a carrier oil if applying on skin. This is a warming oil. Bandits is also available in a convenient roll on.
Cracked heels are a symptom of dry skin, which means the skin isn’t getting enough moisture from the environment or from within your body.* Dryness can cause cracks in your heels, too–especially if you have poor circulation.* If you have diabetes or psoriasis on other parts of your body, for example, it might be affecting how well those areas heal after injury or damage (like stepping on a rock).* This may result in cracked heels because these conditions affect how quickly cells regenerate themselves as well as their ability to hold water molecules together tightly enough that they don’t evaporate into vapor when exposed to air at room temperature (or higher).*
Cracked heels can also be caused by fungal infections such as athlete’s foot or ringworm; bacterial infections such as staphylococcus bacteria; vitamin deficiencies including vitamin A deficiency which causes scaly patches on top layers of skin called xerosis; or even side effects from certain medications like corticosteroids used for treating arthritis pain relief.*
If you’ve got cracked heels, don’t wait for them to heal on their own. Try one of these essential oils today!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.