Natural Summer Foot Care

Learn natural ways to care for your feet during the active summer months.Join Julie Polanco on this episode of Crunchy Christian Podcast as she discusses natural summer foot care. Learn how to use natural remedies for warts and athlete’s foot.

Natural Summer Foot Care

Summertime seems to be fraught with foot challenges. After spending some time walking around barefoot at a pool, we often contract warts. If we do a lot of hiking or running, we may develop athlete’s foot. Over the counter conventional remedies are usually effective treatments, but sometimes we have an especially resistant case. That’s happened to me. Listen on the podcast as I tell about these challenging cases and what finally worked.

Natural Summer Foot Care for Warts

People often think that a fungus causes warts. Not true. It’s actually viral. That means that warts can reappear even after you get rid of them. Keeping your immune system strong helps keep the virus that causes warts dormant. Another thing that helps is keeping your skin clean and dry. Always wear flip flops in shared showers (such as dorms, locker rooms, and pools) and wash and dry your feet well. Now, most people have had warts on their feet at some time or other. I encountered a particularly hard case with my son one year. While his warts were all over his hand, they could just as easily have been all over his feet. And, the treatment is the same. I used an essential blend of thuja, ravintsara, tea tree, geranium, and niaouli. After applying after every handwashing over the course of about 36 hours, the warts started falling off!

Helps for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that grows in warm, moist environments, just like other fungi, such as mushrooms. Keeping your feet dry and increasing air circulation around your toes are the first natural summer foot care tips you should follow. You can also help yourself by taking a pro-biotic on a regular basis. This will help your natural flora defend you. It will also complement any other remedies you try.

Apple Cider Vinegar

One summer I contracted a weird foot infection that didn’t look like athlete’s foot, but it sure itched! It wasn’t scaly like the usual fungal infection. Instead, it had these hard, red spots almost like warts. But, I knew my issue wasn’t caused by warts. Anyway, I had tried tea tree oil first. That seemed to keep it from spreading, but the hard, red spots were still there. So, for my natural summer foot care, I decided to soak my feet in apple cider vinegar. I sat there for a while, maybe 20 minutes, with my feet in the vinegar. My feet started to feel tingly and I noticed that there was something different about those hard spots. I repeated this treatment a few more times and the spots dried up and scaled off, leaving my skin smooth.

Essential Oils for Athlete’s Foot

Essential oils effective against athlete’s foot are: tea tree, lavender, oregano, and thyme oils. I mentioned that tea tree oil only kept it from spreading, but that could have been because I waited so long to begin using it. And, I didn’t apply it often enough. I only applied it once or twice a day. If you choose to use essential oils, begin using them as soon as you see symptoms. And, make sure you apply them at least three times and up to five times daily. You can use lavender or tea tree without dilution, but if you choose to use a “hot” oil like oregano or thyme, dilute it in some olive oil or almond oil before applying. You can also add a few drops of one of these oils to some corn starch and use as a medicated foot powder.

Don’t have essential oils? What about herbal treatments? Listen to the podcast to find out about herbal salves you can use as natural summer foot care for athlete’s foot.

 Additional Resources

Alternative Treatments for Warts: A blog post about my adventures with wart treatments.

A Story About Bacterial Infection at the Beach: Don’t expect the lifeguard station to have bandaids, as I discovered. Read more about this adventure by clicking the link.

Dr. Axe talks about Black Walnut: read a super in-depth article about Black Walnut and its properties.

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