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Natural ways to Deodorise your Feet, Eliminate Sweat and Reduce Odour

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Sweating is a natural process of the body through which, it releases its toxins,
that most commonly occurs in the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), axillae or armpit (axillary hyperhidrosis) and feet (plantar hyperhidrosis).

Sweating is also called Hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating in individuals occurs due to a hyperactive nervous system. Controlling the nervous system (which at times seems to have a mind of its own) is no easy task. When the body’s nervous system goes into overdrive, it tends to activate the sweat glands which in turn cause excessive sweating in areas like the face, feet, palms, underarms, genital region.

This usually occurs when your feet sweat and the sweat does not evaporate because you are wearing shoes or socks. This is common when you wear shoes that don’t “breathe”. Foot odour is caused by bacteria that reproduce rapidly. Bacteria naturally present on your skin grow as they feed on the sweat and dead skin cells, producing the foul smelling odour building huge amounts of awareness leaving you feeling self-conscious.

Luckily there are some natural ways to eliminate and reduce sweating feet and foot odour.
Here are some natural ways to help you stay up close and personal this summer :

Bergamot Oil
Bergamot acts as a strong Anti-septic and significant Anti-perspirant effect with natural Anti-microbial properties which helps to fight foot odours and sweat.
Bergamot also secretes substances which are essential to keep the digestive system healthy. It absorbs the required vitamins and minerals and rejects the unwanted materials.

Burdock
Is a bitter tasting herb, it is preferable to take this in tincture form, one teaspoon three times a day. This diverts extra sweat to the lymph nodes, kidneys and bowels, thus reducing the excess sweat from pouring out through the body.

Astragalus
Astragalus has an adaptogenic effect that has the ability to both stop a debilitating sweat and produce a therapeutic sweat. It has gentle diuretic qualities that help to relieve excessive perspiration. Dried Astragalus can be added to any drink or soup.

Avoid Stress
If you know that stress causes you to sweat in excess, you should try to avoid situations that cause stress. This will cause less sweat. Speaking in public. Going on a first date. Interviewing for a new job. There are plenty of situations that cause anxiety — and cause the sweat glands in your armpits to go into overdrive. When you become anxious, your heart pounds, your mouth becomes dry and you begin to perspire. It’s a fear response, one your body has triggered so that you’ll be physically ready to respond to an uncertain or potentially dangerous situation.

B-Vitamins
All the essential B vitamins, such as B12, B6, B5 and folic acid, help to reduce perspiration. B vitamins reduce sweating because they help the body get rid of waste in the blood and excrete toxins through the urine.
If your body doesn’t enough of these B-complex vitamins, it has to work harder, causing you to sweat more. Here are just a few vitamin B rich foods: whole grains (breads, cereals), proteins (fish, eggs, nuts, meat), and vegetables (avocado, sweet potato, carrots, peas).

Burdock
Burdock is used as an herbal remedy for excessive sweating as it will eliminate fluids through urine. I would suggest soaking your feet in a warm Burdock foot bath for 15 minutes. Alternatively drink Burdock tea twice a day to control excessive sweating.

Botox
As crazy as this may sound Botox injections are used to temporarily stop the nerves from triggering excessive sweating.
These are usually effective in reducing the sweat and the effect will last for three to six months.

Cedar
Cedar fungicidal substance possessing anti-fungal properties. When you’re not using your shoes or trainers, fill them with Cedar, which provides a sweet smell and also helps eliminate sweat and unwanted odours. Alternately moisturise your feet with four drops of Cedarwood oil at night.

Horseradish
Horseradish contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties a powerful antibiotic which fights infection
Horseradish is a good diuretic and promotes perspiration which will eventually control the sweating and unwanted odour.
Add fresh Horseradish to your diet or smoothie for two weeks, it can be eaten raw or cooked and served with any meal.

Sage Tea
Sage is especially effective including its ability to alleviate Hyperhidrosis. Sage contains vitamin B and magnesium which helps reduce the sweat gland activity and therefore reduce underarm sweating. Sprinkle Sage onto your pasta, soup, sandwiches or even in your drinks. You can even try making a warm Sage foot bath or making Sage tea.

Tomato Juice
Tomato juice has been found to be an excellent cure for excessive perspiration. Have this juice regularly twice a day for few weeks to get good results.

Thyme
Thyme is a powerful stimulant and one of nature’s most potent anti-microbials. You may already have a jar of Thyme in your kitchen cupboard. Sprinkle dried Thyme into your shoes or trainers before wearing them and soak your feet for fifteen minutes in a warm Thyme foot bath of three tablespoons of dried Thyme.
Thyme will kill off both the beneficial and problem-causing bacteria. Thyme oil is available and can be applied directly onto the feet twice a day.

Vinegar
Applying Vinegar to your feet using a damp cloth will give you protection against odour and wetness.
Alternatively a tablespoon in the morning will help to reduce the wetness you experience throughout the day. You’ll have to be prepared to use the vinegar in the long term for continued suppression of excessive sweat.
Soaking your feet in vinegar can also be inexpensive however reliable way to get rid of a variety of troubles like athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, dry, cracked heels, foot odour, and so on due to the fact of its acidic properties.
This method works for underarms too!

Zinc
Take a daily Zinc supplement. This is one common dietary problem among people with sweating foot odour – they aren’t getting enough zinc in their diets. Zinc will make the skin more resistant to the bacteria causing the odour, reducing the sweating within a week or two. The Zinc will make the skin more resistant to the bacteria causing the odour.

Watch your diet. That’s right … Reduce your intake of spicy food, alcohol, and drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas) which promote increased sweating. Large intake of chemical toxins will aggravate sweating. The same goes for high fructose syrup used by some manufactures to sweeten food. Any of those instant, pre-made, packaged, frozen, greasy, ready-to-eat and fast foods are an absolute no no.

Most people sweat excessively during the summer time. Some people will sweat more than others. Therefore it is important to bathe at least twice or thrice a day during this. This condition can be embarrassing and it can also be inconvenient and uncomfortable
Keep Clean and Airy: Tight clothes and a dirty body are a sweaty combination. Bacteria thrive in the body’s close, dark places and our pores eliminate this bacteria with excessive sweat.

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June 17, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Treating Foot Pain, Heel Spurs, Heel Pain and Reducing Pain

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The most common cause of heel pain and heel spurs is Plantar Fasciitis. This is Latin for inflammation of Plantar Fascia. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue under the foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. Normally, the fascia is flexible and strong. However, due to factors such as abnormal stress, excessive weight, age and poor foot function painful stretching and micro-tearing of the Plantar Fascia tissue occurs leading to irritation and inflammation at the attachment of the plantar fascia into the calcaneus (heel bone).
Many people have tightness in their calf muscles and achilles tendons (at the back of the heel). This tightness hampers your natural walking pattern and places tension on the Plantar Fascia. Flexible foot and leg muscles are important in the treatment and prevention of most foot complaints.
During rest (e.g. when you’re asleep), the Plantar Fascia tightens and shortens. When body weight is rapidly applied to the foot, the fascia must stretch and quickly lengthen, causing micro-tears in the fascia. Hence, the stabbing pain with your first steps in the morning.
Continuous pulling of the fascia at the heel bone, eventually may lead to the development of bony growth on the heel. This is called a heel spur.
Over-stretching of the plantar fascia is more likely to happen if:
– you suffer from over-pronation (lowering of the arches)
– you stand or walk on hard surfaces for long periods
– you do a lot of running and/or sports
– you are overweight or pregnant
– you have tight calf muscles
– you are over 50 years of age

2) Treatment solutions
Before seeking help from a doctor or specialist, you may want to consider some self-treatment options. The treatment suggestions below are well researched and have proven to provide substantial heel pain relief, especially if the problem has only come about in recent weeks or months. Rest / reduced activity.

All Spice – All Spice is a great pain reliever. Adding two tablespoons to your foot bath will help ease and soothe Foot Pain and Heel Spurs.
Chamomile – Chamomile is best known for its ability to reduce inflammation.
Turmeric Powder – Turmeric will relieve the stiffness and swelling. Apply to the area for 30 minutes, or add a teaspoon of Turmeric cooked foods.
White Willow Bark – Willow Bark is considered therapeutic because of its aspirin content, which serves as an anti-arthritic medicine. It is available in capsules and tea.

Pysiotherapist Foot Massage
Physiotherapy to relieve foot pain is a common treatment, it can help by relaxing and lengthening the muscles of the calves, the calcaneal tendon, as well as directly working on the plantar fascia and muscles of the underside of the foot.
Foot Massage by a Pysiotherapist will help relieve the pain, speed up the rate of recovery and help lengthen tight muscles. It can sometimes stop the problem all together.

Sport massage and deep tissue massage also work well to release the tension in the fascia. This is one of the cases where the massage needed to help the problem will most probably hurt. The therapist needs to work deep to help the fascia. Be sure to communicate with your therapist if you feel pain, and he/she will guide through breathing exercises to deal with it.

Cushioned insoles can be worn in shoes to relieve the pressure and strain of Plantar Fascia.
Minimise walking and standing on your feet, giving the inflamed tissue under the foot a chance to recover. The body is capable of healing itself, provided you give it some rest. Avoid any running, sports, walking long distances etc

Anti-inflammatory medication and Ice Therapy. If Plantar Fascia is still painful it may be treated with Ice therapy and Anti-inflammatories such ibuprofen will help reduce the inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, thus providing (temporarily) pain relief. You can also apply an ice pack directly onto the heel for 10 minutes. This will help cool down the inflammation and give provide some relief.

Orthotic shoe inserts are recommended by most medical practitioners, as part of an effective heel pain treatment regime. This is because orthotics address the cause of heel complaints: i.e. incorrect foot biomechanics. Developed by podiatrists, Footlogics orthotics support the arches and correct faulty foot mechanics. As a result, the insoles will release the tension placed on the plantar fascia, allowing the inflamed tissue to heal itself. Orthotics are used by podiatrists, chiropodists and physiotherapists across the UK and have helped many thousands of heel pain sufferers. Surgery
Surgery is seldom required and only in cases whereby everything else has failed. The surgeon makes an incision into the ligament, partially cutting the plantar fascia to release the excess tension. If bone spur is present, it will be removed.

Surgery
Surgery is seldom required and only in cases whereby everything else has failed. The surgeon makes an incision into the ligament, partially cutting the plantar fascia to release the excess tension. If the bone spur is present, it will be removed.

Wear flip flops or comfortable sandals at night.
Wear wide-fitting shoes.
Usually the wrong size of footwear and uncomfortable and hard soles are a reason for the occurrence of foot pain and heel spurs.

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April 29, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Best Solutions For Toenail Fungus / Discolouration

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Discolouration of Toenails is a common problem that can turn into a painful situation in which the toenails appear brown white, yellow, greenish, or even purple. This can be indications of Fungal infections and conditions of the skin such as stubbing your toe.
Nearly 1.8 million people in the UK suffer from Toenail Fungus.
In about 70% of cases, discoloured toenails are a strong result of Fungal infections with common Fungus that can be found in the air, dust, and soil. There are many species of Fungi that can affect nails.
By far the most common, however, is called Trichophyton Rubrum.
This type of Fungus has a tendency to infect the skin and is therefore known as a Dermatophyte.
Besides the mouth and intestinal tract, another very common place humans tend to have Candida yeast overgrowth is on the feet and toenails. Athlete’s foot is a Fungus related infection which also effects the toenails. Caused by the same Candida Yeast Bacteria that causes vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, and a variety of intestinal tract problems among other things.
Pseudomonas is a type of Bacteria that infects the nail bed and result in a greenish colour to the nails.
Toenail Fungus medically known as Onychomycosis is a Fungal infection of the Toenails or Fingernails that may involve any component of the nail unit, including the matrix, bed, or plate.
Red or black nails may result from a Hematoma (a collection of blood) under the nail as a result of trauma (including ingrown toenails).
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus can often be indentified. The affected toenails will be discoloured i.e yellow, white, brown in colour. It may become so thick and overgrown that it may be painful to wear shoes. Foul-smelling debris may get accumulated under the nail. The signs of toenail fungus are actually not hard to recognise as the foul odour emanating from the toenails is something that cannot be ignored.
Chronic medical conditions also can affect the appearance of the nails. Specific color changes in the nails can be suggestive of diabetes or of liver, kidney, heart, or lung conditions. This is why doctors pay specific attention to nails during a routine physical examination.

Other, rare causes of discolored nails include the “yellow nail syndrome,” an inherited condition that results in slow-growing, discolored nails and is associated with Lymphedema (swelling of tissues due to the accumulation of fluid) and lung diseases. Nails may also appear lightened to a whitish-yellow color if there has been separation of the nail from the nail bed, termed Onycholysis.

Toenail Fungus is contagious and can be spread for human to human.
When left untreated, toenail fungus can lead to more serious complications and could result to permanent damage to the toenails.
The basic goal of toenail Fungus remedies and toenail Fungus treatment is fighting the infection.

Clotrimazole
Clotrimazole has antifungal properties that will destroy the fungus.

Garlic
The chemical Ajoene and Allicin the antibacterial component found in Garlic will help clear and treat Toenail Fungus.
Placing fresh garlic slices in shoes and keeping it through out the day, prevents this fungal infection. Alternatively rub a freshly peeled clove of garlic on the affected areas at night before going to bed. Wear socks after application and thoroughly wash your feet in the morning.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is a very potent natural antibiotic, anti-fungal and antiseptic.
Tea tree oil and Antifungal nail paint can usually help.

Turmeric
Studies show that Turmeric has antimicrobial properties that can prevent growth of infections due to fungi, bacteria, protozoa or viruses.

Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has been found to have antifungal effects and fight bacteria and viruses apply five drops to your cream or lotion and rub thoroughly into your feet three times a day. However soaking your feet for in hot water and Lavender oil can be relaxing and at the same time provide an effective treatment for nail fungus.

Listerine
Listerine foot baths, Listerine powerful anti-bacterial agent soaking your feet in Listerine for 30 minutes each day. Combined with vinegar will offer even faster results.

Mustard
Mustard, Adding three tablespoons of Mustard powder added to a hot footbath and soaking your feet for 30 minutes helps Alternatively, you can also use mustard oil, applying it directly to the infected toenails.

Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub has proven to be a successful natural solution for toenail fungus. Using Vicks Vaporub on your toenail fungus entails lots of patience.
Massage a small amount of Vicks onto the distressed toenail at least two times a day

Black Walnut
Black Walnut used both externally and internally used topically as an anti-fungal. It can be taken in the form of capsules but it also comes in the form of tinctures.

Believe it or Not but These solutions will also work for Athlete’s Foot!!

Remember there is Never a “Quick fix solution” but with consistent applications depending on the severity of the situation most Fungal toenail infections will take a least one month to clear, whether you’re using Natural Remedies, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathic treatments or any Prescription drugs.

Surgical Options :
The toenail can be removed to relieve the pressure and infected tissue. Topical anti-fungal medication is then applied until the nail completely returns. If the nail thickness and pain persists, a chemical can be applied to the nail root and prevent the nail from returning.

Once the Fungal Toenail Infection has cleared How do I prevent it?

Treat your shoes with an antiseptic spray or powder. If your feet have been in a pair, the Fungus is in there too!!
Do NOT walk barefoot in common areas!
Wash socks in hot water
Wear flip flops or comfortable sandals at night.
If you suspect a member of your family, friends or someone living with you has a athlete’s foot or a toenail infection do ensure you separate their clothes and wash separately.

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January 23, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Electrolysis Removal Treatment For Verruca Warts

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Verruca Warts are also known as Plantar Warts or simply, Warts.
They are a very common problem, which are contagious and most of the time they will go away on their own; however, this could take up to several months, or even years. This common viral infection is very contagious and can spread quickly to other areas.
Verruca Warts can be upsetting, but you do not need to live with them if they cause you any distress.
If you have ever been confronted with trying to remove stubborn Verruca Warts, you definitely know how frustrating this process can be. Perhaps you have already tried every method. If your warts have failed to respond to other treatments, Electrolysis removal treatment could be the answer.
Electrolysis is a proven technique cosmetic procedure which can effectively treat the Warts.
Electrolysis has been used since the early 1900s to treat broken capillaries and Warts.
Electrolysis is still a fairly commonly used procedure that aims to remove Warts, particularly with stubborn Plantar Warts.
An electrolysis specialist uses a tiny surgical probe needle to transmit current to tissues. Molecules within the tissue are caused to vibrate which lead to a rapid increase of the temperature, causing coagulation of the proteins/blood vessels/broken capillaries within the tissue (which literally cooks the veins or the vessels from inside out) and cause them to dissolve and disappear. In other words, the blood vessel absorbs the current and becomes heated and closes up. It is then gradually absorbed by the body and proceeds to fade away.

The Electrolysis method of removal is so much more successful than (Cryotherapy) freezing the Verruca Wart, such as would be done by a Podiatrist or by applying any of the products available. This is because with Electrolysis, will go straight to the root of the problem, rather than just treating the surface as other methods do.
The average length of an electrolysis treatment is 30 minutes.
Treatment of this condition vary. Depending on the location and size of the wart results can take 1 – 4 treatments. Additional course of treatments may be necessary because the Verruca Warts have a high reoccurrence rate.

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January 16, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Natural Solutions for Excessive Foot Sweating known medically as (Plantar Hyperhidrosis)

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Sweating is a natural process of the body through which, it releases its toxins,
that most commonly occurs in the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), axillae or armpit (axillary hyperhidrosis) and feet (plantar hyperhidrosis).

Sweating is also called Hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating in individuals occurs due to a hyperactive nervous system. Controlling the nervous system (which at times seems to have a mind of its own) is no easy task. When the body’s nervous system goes into overdrive, it tends to activate the sweat glands which in turn cause excessive sweating in areas like the face, feet, palms, underarms, genital region.

This usually occurs when your feet sweat and the sweat does not evaporate because you are wearing shoes or socks. Bacteria naturally present on your skin grow as they feed on the sweat and dead skin cells, producing the foul smell.Burdock: A bitter tasting herb, it is preferable to take this in tincture form, one teaspoon three times a day. This diverts extra sweat to the lymph nodes, kidneys and bowels, thus reducing the excess sweat from pouring out through the body.

Astragalus
Astragalus has an adaptogenic effect that has the ability to both stop a debilitating sweat and produce a therapeutic sweat. It has gentle diuretic qualities that help to relieve excessive perspiration. Dried Astragalus can be added to any drink or soup.

Avoid Stress
If you know that stress causes you to sweat in excess, you should try to avoid situations that cause stress. This will cause less sweat. Speaking in public. Going on a first date. Interviewing for a new job. There are plenty of situations that cause anxiety — and cause the sweat glands in your armpits to go into overdrive. When you become anxious, your heart pounds, your mouth becomes dry and you begin to perspire. It’s a fear response, one your body has triggered so that you’ll be physically ready to respond to an uncertain or potentially dangerous situation.

B-Vitamins
All the essential B vitamins, such as B12, B6, B5 and folic acid, help to reduce perspiration. B vitamins reduce sweating because they help the body get rid of waste in the blood and excrete toxins through the urine.
If your body doesn’t enough of these B-complex vitamins, it has to work harder, causing you to sweat more. Here are just a few vitamin B rich foods: whole grains (breads, cereals), proteins (fish, eggs, nuts, meat), and vegetables (avocado, sweet potato, carrots, peas).

Burdock
Burdock is used as an herbal remedy for excessive sweating as it will eliminate fluids through urine. I would suggest soaking your feet in a warm Burdock foot bath for 15 minutes. Alternatively drink Burdock tea twice a day to control excessive sweating

Botox: As crazy as this may sound Botox injections are used to temporarily stop the nerves from triggering excessive sweating.
These are usually effective in reducing the sweat and the effect will last for three to six months

Sage tea – Sage is especially effective including its ability to alleviate Hyperhidrosis. Sage contains vitamin B and magnesium which helps reduce the sweat gland activity and therefore reduce underarm sweating. Sprinkle Sage onto your eggs, pasta, soup, sandwiches or even in your drinks. You can even try making a warm Sage foot bath or making Sage tea.

Tomato juice has been found to be an excellent cure for excessive perspiration. Have this juice regularly twice a day for few weeks to get good results.

Vinegar. One tablespoon of Vinegar in the morning will help to reduce the wetness you experience throughout the day. You’ll have to be prepared to use the vinegar in the long term for continued suppression of excessive sweat. Feet sweat when they are left long in a closed, cramped, and warm environment such as shoes.
Soaking your feet in vinegar. Vinegar is an inexpensive however reliable way to get rid of a variety of troubles like athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, dry, cracked heels, foot odour, and so on due to the fact of its acidic properties

Watch your diet. That’s right … Reduce your intake of spicy food, alcohol, and drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas) which promote increased sweating. Large intake of chemical toxins will aggravate sweating. The same goes for high fructose syrup used by some manufactures to sweeten food. Any of those instant, pre-made, packaged, frozen, greasy, ready-to-eat and fast foods are an absolute no no.

Most people sweat excessively during the summer time. Some people will sweat more than others. Therefore it is important to bathe at least twice or thrice a day during this. This condition can be embarrassing and it can also be inconvenient and uncomfortable
Keep Clean and Airy: Tight clothes and a dirty body are a sweaty combination. Bacteria thrive in the body’s close, dark places and our pores eliminate this bacteria with excessive sweat.

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Effective ways of treating Cracked Heels/Heel Fissures and Dry Feet

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Cracked heels also known as Heel Fissures refer to the build up of thick, dry skin on the heel of the foot. This can primarily be caused by dry skin and possible vitamin deficiencies such as zinc or omega 3 fatty acids. Having cracked heels is a major trouble for many people around the world.
It is not only a cosmetic concern but also cause a lot of pain. Naturally dry skin around the heel is the leading reason of this problem. If you love to wear sandals and open-toed shoes, you want your feet and toenails to look good.
Cracked heels are often referred to as fissures can also cause Heel pain.
Sometimes heel pain and sore heels are generally the result of a biomechanical abnormality (mechanics of walking) which places too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. Heel pain may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight.

Footkiss
Footkiss is a new and exciting innovative cracked heel and callus treatment for your feet, rejuvenates your cracked heels which gives instant results in 10 minutes.
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Honey
Honey is a natural moisturizer with anti-bacterial properties makes an excellent natural remedy for dry and cracked heels. This is one of the most popular thanks to its effectiveness and ability to promote soft and healthy skin, but can be messy. Spread some honey over the cracked heels. Then put socks over your feet and leave overnight.
Otherwise let the feet soak in a bowl with warm water and half a cup of honey for fifteen minutes.

Papaya
Papaya is an effective treatment for callus, cracked heels and corns, apply Papaya juice on the affected and thickened areas. It must be applied thrice a day. The papaya juice is an irritant; hence, making it a great help in curing calluses cracked heels and corns. An alternative would be soaking cotton wool in the papaya juice, applying it on the affected area and leaving it overnight.

Rosemary
Rosemary Foot Bath is known for its soothing, healing properties. Soak your feet in a Rosemary foot bath to relieve heel pain and soften cracked heels or add half a cup of dried Rosemary to your regular hot bath and soak for fifteen minutes.
Rosemary blends well with Black Pepper, Ginger, Lemon and ofcourse Thyme.

Massage
MOISTURISE! MOISTURISE! MOISTURISE! Massage dry feet and cracked heels with cocoa butter, coconut oil or sesame oil everynight before going to bed. Wearing socks after massage can give better results.

Vaseline
Vaseline is another great remedy for cracked dry feet. Just apply it liberally all over your feet, put on a clean white pair of socks and go to sleep. If you are doing this during the day, just leave the white socks on until your feet soak it all in.

Vegetable Oil
Dry skin on the heels is one of the foremost reasons behind the cracking. This home remedy for dry skin helps combat this problem.
Believe it or not, applying vegetable oil on cracked heels can be the best treatment for your heels, as it has all the natural ingredients and it is very rich with minerals and vitamins. Keep some of cooking oil in your bathroom and apply when you step out the bath, always keep this routine going and you will love the results, if you don’t like the smell of cooking oil the you can always use olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or any other hydrogenated vegetable oil to treat cracked heels.

Urea
Most foot creams contain Urea. Urea is clinically proven to effectively control and repair the most severe cases of rough, dry skin and cracked heels. The body’s natural moisturiser, which breaks down hard skin and leaving feet smooth and skin supple. Urea is fast acting and usually you can see visible improvements of skin softness, appearance and heel condition within 3 days. Foot creams containing Urea can be found here :
http://www.compeed.co.uk/compeed-footcare/compeed-cracked-heel
http://www.footpaindirect.co.uk/Cracked_Heels.htm

Here is list of foods that can help avoid deficiencies that may cause cracked heels:

Foods rich in vitamin E include: vegetable oils, green vegetables, cereals, wheat germ, whole-grain products and nuts.

For calcium: milk, cheese, yogurt, goat’s milk, fortified soy milk, mineral water, ice cream, tinned fish, juices, cereals and broccoli.

Iron-rich foods: meat, chicken and fish.

Zinc-rich foods include: oysters, chicken, crab, kidney beans, yogurt, brown rice, spaghetti.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fish, flaxseed oil and flax seeds.

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April 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hammer Toes

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A Hammer Toe is in which one or more toes are unnaturally bent into a claw-like position. The toe that is contracted at the PIP joint (middle joint in the toe), and can lead to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe's joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe, except the big toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe that is rubbing against the shoe.
Symptoms: Distorted position of one or more toe joints causes them to rise up and run on the top of the toe box.

  • Occurs: Shoes may be too tight and put too much pressure on the top of toes.
  • Relief Requires: Room above the toes, soft stretchy material over the toes and modification of the toe box.
  • Hammer toes are classified based on the mobility of the toe joints. There are two types – flexible and rigid. In a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move. This type of hammer toe can be straightened manually. Movement is very limited and can be extremely painful. This sometimes causes foot movement to become restricted leading to extra stress at the ball-of-the-foot, and possibly causing pain and the development of corns and calluses.

    Common Causes of Hammer Toe

    Hammer toes result from a muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. This results in the joint curling downwards. Arthritis can also lead to many different forefoot deformities, including hammer toes.

    How to Treat and Prevent Hammer Toe Symptoms

    Changing the type of footwear worn is a very important step in the treatment of hammer toes. When choosing a shoe, make sure the toe box (toe area) is high and broad, and can accommodate the hammer toes. A shoe with a high, wide toe box will provide enough room in the forefoot area so that there is less friction against the toes.
    A selection of wide fitting shoes stylish Shoes that are suitable for those who have Hammer Toes can be found here :
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    Treatment devices such as hammer toe crests and hammer toe splints are designed to relieve and straighten hammer toes. These devices will help hold down the hammer toe and provide relief to the forefoot. Gel toe shields and gel toe caps are also recommended to eliminate friction between the shoe and the toe, while providing comfort and lubrication.

    Professional foot massages for Hammer Toes will help stretch the toes, increase mobility and circulation also reducing pain.

    Perform toe stretches very evening, use your fingers to gently straighten the bent joints, holding the stretch as long as you comfortably can and repeat several times to strengthen your toe muscles.
    Place a tennis ball on the floor and pick it up with your toes. Repeat this five times. Stretch out all your toes and contract them. Repeat this exercise five times.

    Undergo toe surgery if recommended by your doctor. Toe surgery is performed when the toe is unable to bend or has lost most of its flexibility.

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    February 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Holistic Remedies for Plantar Wart (Verruca)

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    Warts are small, bumpy mounds of overgrown skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 60 kinds of HPV, some of which tend to cause warts on the skin. HPV stimulates quick growth of cells on the skin’s outer layer.
    Plantar warts: These warts usually appear on the soles of the feet. They are flesh-coloured or light brown lumps that tend to grow down into the skin, instead of creating mounds. Plantar warts are painful and attack blood vessels deep in the skin.

    Common causes and risk factors of Warts:-

    1. HPV is accepted from person to person by direct or indirect contact
    2. Warts are caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus
    3. A few types (e.g., condyloma acuminta) are transmitted sexually.
    4. Pick or scratching the wart can cause the virus to spread.

    Basil: This herb contains many antiviral compounds. You can apply some freshly crushed basil leaves to the wart and cover it with a bandage. Reapply the leaves and change the dressing daily for five to seven days.

    Ginger: Crush it up, put in on the wart, and cover with a band aid. Keep doing this until the wart is going.

    Garlic: Garlic is antiviral. You can apply one drop of garlic oil directly to the warts two or three times a day.

    Onion: As described in my previous post. One of the best ways you can use onion is leaving it for overnight by wrapping with a bandage. You may feel some burning sensation when you use the onion.

    Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic that can help to remove wart quickly. Simply dub a cotton ball with tea tree oil and apply directly to affected area. It works slowly but surely.

    Medical Tape: You can use any kind of medical or first-aid tape. Apply it snugly over the wart and leave it there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Change the tape only when it becomes real dirty. Continue for at least three weeks.

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    December 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Holistic Foot Care With Onions

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    There are many common problems that affect the foot. These can be quite discomforting and also bothersome since even simple activities like standing and walking may become difficult. Onion and garlic are known for their flavour and valued in food and as pharmaceuticals. The flavours are created by a family of flavour precursors (alkyl cysteine sulphoxides) synthesised within the plant cells. The flavours are created by a family of flavour precursors (alkyl cysteine sulphoxides) synthesised within the plant cells. The powerful antibiotic allicin is found in onions. It has tremendous healing powers and with so many people returning to natural medicines, this is an easy solution. These home remedies that our parents and grandparents used are being reintroduced. So many of us are adopting a new lifestyle and natural medicines are becoming more popular.
    The most interesting Onion remedy is the Onion Sock. This is a ‘modern-day’ version of the Ayurvedic poultice, and involves cutting the white onion in half and placing one half on the bottom of each foot so that the cut onion is against the skin. Place a sock on top of the onion so it stays secure in place and leave the ‘Onion Sock’ on overnight. This is especially good for callus, corns, cracked heels, fungal infections and verrucae. This can also help with flus and fevers.

    Here are some simple ways to treat common foot problems using Onions.

    Athlete’s Foot
    This remedy sounds gross but has proven to be very effective. Apply onion juice with a cotton ball or paper towel to the infected three times a day until the condition clears.
    Alternatively soak your feet in a Onion foot bath for 30 minutes or until the water has cooled down.

    Callus and Corns
    Callus and Corns can be removed with the help of a pumice stone. After soaking the feet in warm water, rub the stone over the affected areas to get rid of the tough skin. You can also place a piece of onion soaked in vinegar over the corn or callus and keep it in place with a bandage. Leave it on overnight.

    Cracked Heels Roast an onion and make a paste. Use this on the cracks on your feet. The cracks will disappear in a short time. Alternatively wear the Onion sock at night.

    Athlete’s Foot
    This remedy sounds gross but has proven to be very effective. Apply onion juice with a cotton ball or paper towel to the infected three times a day until the condition clears. Alternatively you can wear the Onion sock at night.

    Toenail Fungus
    Nail fungus, or Onychomycosis, is caused by tinea unguium. It is divided into four categories- White superficial onychomycosis, Proximal subungual onychomycosis, Candidal onychomycosis, Distal subungual onychomycosis.
    Unwrap an onion and cut it into slices. Scrub the affected toenail with the onion slices for five minutes twice a day. This is a efficient solution to treat the fungal infection. Alternatively wear the Onion sock at night.

    Verruca –
    Verrucae on the feet are particularly difficult to deal with because pressure is applied to them constantly.There are also known benefits in applying a crushed onion to the surface of the wart and covering it overnight.
    It should go away within 15 days.

    ■Wear the exact size of footwear. No thin soles and backed shoes please.
    ■Moisturize your feet and specifically the heels.
    ■Keep your feet clean. Scrub and Exfoliate them regularly.
    ■Omega 3 and zinc deficiencies cause cracked heels, so make sure you don’t have these deficiencies.
    ■Wash your feet every time you come home.
    ■Use good creams and products for your feet too.
    ■Use powder in your shoes and socks.
    ■Walk on green grass.

    Some remedies for feet may work well for some people and not for others. If the trouble persists after using the simple home remedies, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

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    December 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    The Athlete’s Foot Soak Remedy

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    The Athlete’s Foot Soak Remedy

    Athletes’ Foot is yet another type of common fungal infection many people get on a regular basis. The fungus needs moisture and darkness to grow
    If you are looking for natural athlete’s foot remedies, there are a number of useful herbs and herbal remedies in various forms which have strong antifungal effects and would be useful for overcoming this condition. Some of these herbs are useful for external topical application, while others are for internal consumption; a couple of them can be used in both ways.

    Garlic

    Garlic is perhaps the most powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic herb known to Man. If you are looking for an effective herbal athlete’s foot remedy, look no further than garlic, which is cheap, readily available, and can be used both topically and internally.

    Onion

    A close cousin of Garlic. Onion juice can be rubbed on the affected areas on one’s feet a couple of times a day. Onions are related to garlic, and have similar anti-microbial properties.

    Remember, whenever you can, take your shoes off and let them breathe. Give them some sunlight too, because fungus cannot live in sunlight. After taking a shower or bath, be sure to dry your feet completely before stuffing them into shoes. If your feet sweat alot, you might want to try putting some antiperspirant on them too.

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    December 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment