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Natural Men’s Care: Feet

Natural Men’s Care: Feet

There are very few things that can kill the mood quicker than smelly, gross, crusty feet. Best turn off ever when you take those shoes and socks off and the smell permeates the room, crawling into the nose of your Man scratching footsignificant other and you watch as they turn away and suddenly remember that appointment they had to get to. Yep. Let’s do something about that.

Using essential oils and other natural products are the best because the essential oils help give you long term results that are going to help create a better smell from your feet rather than cover it up.

Best oils

Tea Tree, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Bay Rum, Red Mandarin, Patchouli, Black Cumin, Cypress, Myrtle, Rosemary,  Lemongrass, Myrrh, spices, citrus, and woods.

Points of interest

  • In a lot of cases, you can really use whatever essential oil you want. If there are certain ones or blends you prefer, use them in place of the ones in some of the recipes below.
  • Man foot careTake a foot bath with epsom or sea salts and scrub your feet. A good pumice stone helps a lot too. Soak for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry off feet. Then put about 2-5 drops of the essential oil(s) of choice into 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil and massage into feet.
  • Keep your toenails trimmed. Just do it. It’s better for your feet, not to mention your socks. And the last thing you want is to have a good cuddle ruined when you scratch your significant other with your raggedy toenails.
  • Athlete’s foot needs some good care. Tea Tree is the absolute best for that.
  • There is another article dealing specifically with Athlete’s Foot and you can also refer to it if needed.

Recipes

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your feet. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Athlete’s Foot Powder

  • 2 tablespoons Cornflour or Cornstarch
  • 15 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Peppermint

Put the powder in a resealable plastic bag. Add oils, seal bag, and massage it until it’s fully blended. Allow to sit for at least 24 hours. Shake well before use.  Apply to feet twice daily. (1)

Aromatic Vinegar for Athlete’s Foot

  • 1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Distilled water
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 6 drops Tea Tree

Add vinegar and essential oils to a dark colored, glass bottle and shake well. Add water and shake well again. Using a cotton ball, apply to affected area three times a day. (1)

Vitamin E capsulesAnti-fungal Nail Oil

  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 2 drops Cassia
  • 2 drops Mountain Savory
  • 1 tablespoon Neem or Vitamin E oil

Mix all ingredients in a 1 ounce dark colored, glass bottle. Shake well. Apply around and under the nail bed 2 – 3 times a day to treat fungus and promote healthy, normal nail growth. (3)

Foot Oil

  • 6 drops Myrrh
  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 1 ounce Peanut oil
  • 1 ounce Olive oil

Blend all ingredients in a 2 ounce, dark colored, glass bottle.  Massage into feet in the evening after a shower or bath. (3)

Anti-Fungal Powder

  • 1/4 cup Bentonite Clay
  • 1 tablespoon Goldenseal Root Powder
  • 12 drops Tea Tree
  • 12 drops Clove Bud
  • 12 drops Geranium

Combine all the ingredients in a ziploc bag. Close bag tightly and massage until oils are mixed in thoroughly. Allow to sit for 24 hours before using. Liberally powder area. (2)

A man's feetSoak Those Pups

  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 5 drops Sage or Rosemary
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.(Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Fill a portable basin or tub with hot water, or better yet, sage tea. Mix oils together and add to water. Soak feet for at least 15 minutes. If your feet sweat excessively, finish with a foot powder. (2)

A last thought

Go take care of those feet. Make them sexy again. It really is possible so get to work.

References

  1. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  2. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  3. The Aromatherapy Companion, by Victoria H. Edwards
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