Cracked heels are a very common problem and can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem. Cracked heels with deep fissures is seen more in women than in men. As per Ayurveda, it is seen more in individuals walk too long, that too on rough and uneven ground. It is caused due to Vata Dosha imbalance. Here are the top ayurvedic home remedies for cracked heels:
Exfoliating the skin on your heels will help remove dead skin, thus preventing cracking and dryness. Use Rice flour as a homemade foot exfoliating scrub to keep your feet soft and smooth.
How to use: Mix a handful of ground rice with a few teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar. Stir it until it becomes a thick paste. If the cracking on your heels is severe, add a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub them with the rice flour paste.
Take 30 ml (one ounce) of neem oil, to it add 90 ml (three ounce) of sesame oil and mix well. To this add one teaspoon of each of turmeric powder, neem powder, 3 – 4 small boiled aloe vera pieces, sandalwood powder and mix well. This can be applied on daily basis or whenever required.
Lemon juice is mildly acidic and helps remove dead skin cells
How to use: Cut a lemon into half and rub the lemon on your feet. Squeeze the lemon while rubbing it on your feet. Continue rubbing for 5 min and lightly scrub feet with a loofah or soft brush. Wash feet with water.
GLYCERINE ROSE WATER REMEDY
The combination of glycerine and rose water makes an effective home treatment for cracked heels. Glycerine softens the skin, which is why it is widely used in cosmetics. Rose water adds vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
How to use: Mix ¼ part of glycerine with ¾ parts of rosewater and add the fresh lemon juice to this mixture. Take the warm water, add salt to it, mix and soak your feet in it. Let the feet be there for 15-20 minutes. Now rub feet with pumice stone to drop off dead skin cells. Pat dry and apply your glycerine mixture. Do this preferably at night before going to bed. Once your heels are cured, apply this glycerine lotion to your heels everyday after having bath to prevent recurrence of cracked heels..
Ripe bananas are one of the cheapest home remedies for cracked and dry heels, thanks to their moisturizing properties.
How to use: Mash a ripe banana into a smooth paste. Apply the banana paste on your clean feet. Let it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes so that your skin can absorb the natural nourishment. Wash your feet gently with warm water and then soak your feet in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this daily for a few weeks to restore soft and smooth heels.
The fats in the hydrogenated vegetable oil nourish the skin and heal cracked feet
How to use: Start with a clean feet and then apply a layer of vegetable oil on the cracked parts of your feet. Wear a pair of thick socks and leave it on overnight and wash your feet in the morning.