We use our feet a lot each day. And we don’t usually care for them as we use them.
In this article, I am trying to explain the natural and easy way to care for your feet and addressing the major problems people face like cracks, bad odor, foot pain, etc.
There is a popular concept in Ayurveda called Dinacharya or daily regimen. When explaining Abhyanga or daily massage, Acharya Vagbhata has explained the head, ears, and feet as the important regions to do the massage.
So, what are the indications of Pada Abhyanga?
- Roughness of feet
- Stiffness of feet
- Dryness of feet
- Fatigue/tiredness of feet
- Numbness of feet
In addition, it helps in providing tenderness and softness to feet and provides stability and strength to feet.
How to do a Pada Abhyanga?
Choosing the right oil is important. Ayurveda advises choosing an oil-based on your Prakriti or body constitution. Usually followed by Pada Abhyanga, Ksheera dhara or pouring medicated milk over the feet is done.
Apply the oil liberally to the feet including the soles, heels, ankle joint, and legs. Pinch and massage each toe between from its root to the tip. From the ankle joint, moving downwards towards the feet give a soothing massage with medium pressure. Knead and stroke the calf region while massaging. Remember, around the joints circular motion massage is done and massage vertically over the legs.
Massage each foot for about 20 minutes. Warm the oil in a water bath before applying.
Wipe off the oil and dip your feet in warm water. Hot salt water or medicated water with herbs can be used for this. Adding a few drops of essential oil helps in a soothing feel. For general foot health, you can always use plain sesame oil.
|Sesame oil, cow’s ghee or olive oil||Cows ghee, coconut oil, or sunflower oil||Cows ghee, sesame oil or Jojoba oil|
In the cold season and especially winter season, mustard oil is a good choice for the foot massage.
Addressing Cracked feet with Ayurveda
Cracked heels are mainly due to imbalance in Vata dosha. Pacifying the aggravated Vata can help in controlling the situation.
- Mild sweating
- Applying Moisturizers
- Vata pacifying herbs
Cracked heels – Home remedies
- In a bowl mix together sesame oil and Neem oil 1: 3 ratios. Add 1 tsp. of turmeric powder, 1 tsp. of aloe vera gel and boil the mixture. Store in an airtight container and apply on heels on a daily basis at bedtime.
- Boil 100 ml of sesame oil and add 2 tbsp. of bee’s wax. Bring it to a semisolid consistency and apply twice daily.
- Aloe Vera gel + Turmeric
- 1 tbsp. Licorice powder + 1 tbsp. Neem powder + 2 tbsp. Honey
- Ghee boiled with Aloe Vera gel
Wholesome and Unwholesome diet for Footcare
|Ash Gourd||Oil fried foods|
|Milk products, especially ghee||Bitter gourd|
|Tender coconut water||Over usage of Chili|
|Fruits and vegetables|
How to protect your feet in warm weather?
- Dress in layers of insulated, waterproof clothing. Use waterproof footwear designed for cold weather.
- Full-length socks are preferable over ankle-length. Examples of sock materials designed for cold weather include Coolmax, Smartwool, and Dacron. Avoid cotton as they hold sweat against the skin.
- Overexposure to cool, damp conditions can also cause foot symptoms that can require medical attention—and even have lasting consequences. Therefore, follow a healthy foot care routine to maintain healthy and beautiful feet.
5 steps to an all-natural pedicure at home
- Soak – Add a few tablespoons of bath salts or Epsom salts to a basin of warm water and soak for 10-15 minutes. I prefer adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the water.
- Dry your feet and use a foot file tool or large nail file to gently file any cones or calluses.
- As I have explained earlier, give a warm foot massage and apply a gentle exfoliator afterward. Exfoliator removes dead skin cells and diminish rough skin. Two tablespoons of sea salt with equal amounts of baby oil and lemon juice is an excellent homemade exfoliator.
- Remove nail polish if you have used any and Apply some lemon juice with a cotton swab on and around the nail to further remove dead skin and give nails a healthy shine.
- Dry the feet and apply your moisturizer. Apply moisturizing products at least once a day to callused or cracked skin.
Remember, Proper care of the feet, including soaking them regularly to reduce skin infections, examining them for early signs of problems, and doing exercises to strengthen them can help avoid various foot problems.