Enevow Holyer’s Smelly Feet Remedies For Proper Stinky Trotters!
It happens to the best of us, and let’s face it, the majority of us will need smelly feet remedies at some point in our lives. The average person takes around 6,000 steps per day, which, while less than the recommended 10,000, still results in sweaty and ultimately cheesy feet.
The smell comes from the bacteria on the skin which break down the sweat, and release a grim odour as it decomposes. The biggest cause of this? Wearing your shoes again before they’ve had a chance to dry out properly. Not changing your socks daily is also a big no no when it comes to keeping your footsies fresh.
Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection affecting the skin on the feet, particularly between the toes where it is warm and damp. Wearing cotton socks, swapping your shoes daily and practising good foot hygiene are all good ways to prevent infection and the stink that comes with it.
However, for times when you need a little extra help, try some of my smelly feet remedies listed below.
For more about herbs and natural remedies, check out my Hedgerow Healing and Nature’s Own Pharmacy articles.
Stinky Foot Soak
Take a bucket or large bowl of hot water. Add a healthy dose of bicarbonate of soda, 10 drops of grapefruit oil, 10 drops of tea tree and 6 of cedarwood. Swirl it all around until the bicarb has dissolved, then soak your feet for half an hour or until the water goes cold. Be sure to wash between your toes. Air dry your feet for 5 minutes, then dry carefully between each toe.
For a lower budget soak, you could swap the oils for 6 capfulls of apple cider vinegar in the water to neutralise the smell.
Stinky Foot Scrub
Seasalt has a lovely rough texture for a scrub to get into all the nooks and crannies. Mix it with bicarb and any of the following antifungal oils: clary sage, rosemary, lavender or cedarwood. You could also use peppermint for freshness.
Stinky Shoe Powder
Add 2 drops of clary sage per tablespoon of bicarb or baking powder. Sprinkle it in your shoes overnight and tap out in the morning.
Herbal Decoction For Smelly Feet
Gather fresh lavender, sage, peppermint and thyme. Aim for roughly 2 0z of herbs per pint of water. Boil it up in a saucepan and allow to simmer for around 30 minutes. Strain, and stir in a couple of tablespoons of sea salt to make the decoction. You should use 1/2 pint of the decoction per bowl of hot water. Bathe your feet, and leave them to soak for half an hour or so. Air dry, then ensure between the toes is dry before putting socks on.
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