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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Homemade Remedies for Calluses and Corns

- Homemade Remedies for Calluses and Corns -

Get your feet Flip-Flip and Beach Ready!

Michela's foot on the Asinara sand in Cala Sabina
Photo by Michela Simoncini on Flickr

So many people suffer from those hard little patched of built up skin called calluses. When a body part continually rubs against something, the tender skin forms a protective barrier of hard skin to protect the area that it feels is in danger of an injury. The hands and feet are the most common place for calluses to form. You can get ride of them, but it does take time.
There are even a few inexpensive and natural homemade remedies to help get rid of calluses along with a few for corns as well.

Licorice Paste:

It is said that Licorice paste contains estrogen-like substances that have the ability to soften the hard skin of calluses and corns.
-- To make Licorice Paste - Grind up 2 or 3 licorice sticks and add ½ teaspoon of petroleum jelly to the licorice mixture and rub the paste onto your rough problem areas.

Sugar Scrubs:

Place ¾ cup of granulated sugar in a dry jar and start adding mineral oil, while mixing, until you have a loose paste. Once your paste mixture is made, you have the option to adding essential oils (Lavender, Lilac, Peppermint, etc.) Mix everything together very well.
-- Use the Sugar Scrub by gently massaging it onto your skin in the shower or bath. It does wonders if you add it to your weekly routine. Not only does it work to help soften and heal calluses but it makes your skin super smooth after uses!
(Massage it onto your legs before shaving for a relaxing experience with soft and smooth after effect)

Temporarily Relieve the sharp pains of corns:

Soak your foot/feet, in a solution of Epsom salt and warm water for a few minutes. Afterwards, apply a moisturizing cream and wrap the foot in a plastic bag to hold in the moisture. Keep the bag on for a couple hours. (While watching tv or reading, etc) Remove the bag and gently rub the corn in a sideways motion with a pumice stone  Remember that this will only be a temporary solution and you will need to seek further care if the pain gets to bad to handle.

Chamomile Soak:

It is said that if you soak your feet in diluted Chamomile Tea  that it can be very soothing and will temporarily change the pH of the skin to help dry out your feet. The tea will stain your feet, but it will easily wash off with soap and water.
I've never tried this before but a close friend told me that it really works! It's worth a try right?!

Pineapple Peel and Oils:

Cut strips of a pineapple peel and completely cover the callus. Tape the pineapple peel in place and leave it on for a couple hours. Repeat this step everyday for a week, changing when necessary. The Enzymes and Acid content of the fresh pineapple will help to remove the callus. You can also apply several oils to the callused area several times daily including; wheat germ oil, castor oil, sesame oil, coconut oil and olive oil onto the callused area.

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