Open-toed sandals and summer seem to go together. Pedicures brighten our toes with sparkly, coloured nail polishes, but what lies beneath the polish?
Toenail fungus might not be the nicest of subjects, but it is fairly common and therefore worthy of an article on how to care for your feet naturally.
I got a fungal toenail a few years ago following a pedicure. Unfortunately, the nail file cut my skin and within a couple of weeks I had a nasty-looking toenail. This upset me as it was just at the start of summer.
I searched through my books and learned that coconut oil and castor oil might be the answer to my unhappy toenail.
According to William A. McGarey, M.D., author of The Oil That Heals, castor oil has long been used for fungal or ‘horny’ toenails.
I had castor oil at home, so I mixed it up with some tea tree essential oil and a few drops of oregano oil. Within a few months my nail was on the mend and the nail is now completely normal and healthy.
I don't wear the same shoes day after day, and I avoid shoes that are too tight. I carefully dry my feet after a shower or bath. It is imperative to care for your feet to avoid fungal infections taking hold, as they can be very challenging to remove.
Massaging your feet daily is a good idea, mainly as it is wonderfully relaxing! You do not need some fabulously expensive luxury lotion; a tiny bit of coconut oil will suffice.
The key with any oil for the feet or nails is actually using it. Any oil with miraculous ingredients will not work whilst gathering dust on the bathroom table!
I use a little coconut oil on my feet and body, not only is it edible (the way I like all my skin care) but, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Coconut Oil Miracle, it is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
Caring for my feet is as important as cleaning my teeth. For those of us who mountain bike, hike or ski, having happy, healthy feet is absolutely vital. They are our connection to the ground, after all.
Be sure to resist the temptation to cover up a fungal nail with nail polish. Why not enjoy the sunlight on your nails?
Feet are often neglected until there is a problem and, speaking from experience, that is unwise. Why not start to care for your feet today?
Foot oil recipe:
15 ml of castor oil
15 ml of liquid coconut oil (simply leave in the sun to melt)
1 vitamin E capsule (pierce capsule with pin to release the oil)
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
1 drop of peppermint essential oil (optional)
2 drop of lavender or oregano essential oil
50 ml new glass bottle.
Mix all ingredients together in a new bottle. Shake well. If the mixture solidifies, simply put in a basin of hot water. Please do not microwave. Massage a little oil into the nails and feet each night.
Joanna writes for www.ActualOrganics.com and loves using coconut oil for cooking, skin care and hair care.