My feet are insanely dried out lately. I actually had to make my own homemade peppermint foot balm to use on my feet to keep them hydrated. The balm helps heal up cracked heels and toes while relieving aches and pains.
The natural ingredients needed to make the foot balm are ½ cup of melted shea butter, ½ cup of melted coconut butter, ½ cup of mango butter, ½ cup of melted beeswax, 1 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon of almond oil, 1 teaspoon of menthol oil, 1 teaspoon of grape seed oil and 15 drops of tea tree oil. These ingredients can all be easily found at your local health food or whole food store if you don't have them on hand. I believe they can also be found at local craft stores too.
The easiest way I find to make the balm is by taking the ingredients and pouring them into a large mixing bowl. Then I combined the ingredients together until I get a thick golden liquid oil mixture that has a strong peppermint aroma. After I pour the liquid mixture carefully into a large plastic sealable container and place it into the refrigerator for about an hour. Once the hour is up, I remove the mixture from the refrigerator to see if it has become a solid form. Once is has become a solid form it is ready to use to help soften up your feet. You can store the homemade peppermint foot balm for up to three weeks in a plastic sealed container safely.
The first thing I do before using the foot balm is soak my feet in a homemade peppermint foot soak, which is basically a cup of Epsom salt, ½ cup of baking soda, 15 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of menthol oil mixed together in a foot bath filled with warm water. This helps relax my feet and soften up the rough dry skin. Once I am done soaking my feet in the foot soak I pat my feet dry and take a handful of the foot balm, which is very thick and massage it into my feet well. The foot balm is greasy, but it suppose to be. Once you have massaged the balm into your feet cover your feet up with some socks. This will help protect your feet so they can heal properly. I usually try to use this balm 3 to 4 times a week, but every night is best if your feet are extremely dried out and cracked.
I hope this foot balm remedy helps those of you out there suffering from dried out cracked feet like mine. I wish you all the best of luck with getting your feet to look and feel their best again.