Managing Hot Pavement Burns On Your Feet

I just LOVE summer! The sun shining down, walking to the beach, playing outside with my kids. It seems I often find myself barefoot and I have definitely been the victim of a few minor burns to the bottom of my feet from walking on hot pavement or even sand. I’m not talking about giant, blistering burns, just skin that is slightly red, hot and sensitive to the touch.

I’m certainly not a medical professional, but I am very savvy when it comes to using natural remedies for minor “injuries” such as this. I wanted to share a few of my favorite simple tips for soothing minor burns on the bottom of your feet.

  1. Aloe vera: Just as you use aloe for sunburn on your body, you can use aloe on the bottom of your feet if they are burned. I find aloe to be even more soothing when it’s stored in the refrigerator so it’s nice and cold.
  2. Lavender oil: Prepare a large bowl with cool water and about 5 drops of lavender oil to soak your feet in. Lavender can be very soothing for minor burns, and also helps to alleviate pain and heal naturally.
  3. Tea tree oil: If you don’t enjoy the scent of lavender oil, or don’t happen to have it on hand, you can prepare a foot soak tub, just as described above, but use tea tree oil rather than lavender oil.
  4. Stay off your feet as much as possible: This sounds like common sense, but a lot of people forget that when you have an injury, even a minor one, it is important to be sure that you give the body adequate time to heal. The more you walk on your feet when they are burned, the longer they will take to heal. So relax, and put your feet up – literally!
  5. Wear footwear with adequate cushioning: Rather than harsh flip flops or sandals, try to wear sneakers or sandals that have a soft, cushioned insole. In fact, if you can wear orthotics for additional cushioning in your sneakers, that’s even better. Lynco makes customizable orthotics that allow you to remove pods in particular areas of pressure. This can be especially useful if you have blisters in particular areas of your feet that need more room to “breathe.”
  6. Don’t slather your feet in thick salves or ointments that don’t allow feet to breathe. This can prevent the burns from healing.

If you’re like me and love being outside and enjoying all that summer has to offer, the occasional burnt foot is well worth it. Using these tips can help you heal faster so you can get back out there for more outdoor fun as soon as possible.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Natural Remedies For Spring Allergies

When you are exposed to allergy inducing grasses or pollen, your body responds by producing histamine, which leads to all the awful allergy symptoms many of us have come to dread.  By taking an anti-histamine – preferably before exposure to allergens – your cells are able to resist the binding of histamine, which then spares you from experiencing these dreadful symptoms. Whenever possible, I always prefer to use natural alternatives over medications. Here are some great natural alternatives you can use this allergy season.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It’s not the best tasting stuff on the planet, but it has powerful health benefits, including aiding digestion, supporting weight loss and thinning mucous. Its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. To use, take a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “The Mother” (the mother is important), pour into a glass of water and drank this three times a day.

Neti Pot or Xlear Nasal Rinse/Spray

Flushing the nose out with a sterile solution helps remove allergens, which in turn reduces allergy symptoms. I like xlear nasal spray better than saline spray, as the xlear contains xylitol which helps keeps tissues moistened, rather than drying out as saline can.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that can be very effective because it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. It can be made into a tincture, tea or capsules. Personally, I prefer capsules as they’re just easier.  Nettle leaf can be mixed with peppermint leaf or red raspberry leaf to make a refreshing allergy relief tea.

Local, Raw Honey

It is said that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. Almost like a natural allergy “shot” because it exposes your system to small amounts of the allergens so your body can build up tolerance. Enjoy a teaspoon or more of raw, local honey from as close to where you live as possible – start doing this one month before allergy season to see the most benefits.

Probiotics

Allergies are caused by an imbalance in our immune systems that causes our body to react too strongly to external stimuli. Therefore, it stands to reason that healing our gut with healthy bacteria can help to reduce our reaction to allergens. Fermented foods, probiotic powders/capsules and drinks like Kombucha or Kimchi can be great for supporting a healthy gut.

Lavender Essential Oils

Lavender essential oil is a natural anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory. . .  which is exactly what you want to safely and effectively conquer your seasonal allergies. Not only does it have great benefits for dealing with allergies, but it smells great too! You can diffusing lavender at bedside while sleeping, applying lavender to the soles of the feet, rubbing lavender on the face after washing, taking lavender orally in capsules. I use Young Living brand, therapeutic grade oils.

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps can help clear the air of impurities. They also look naturally beautiful and are very peaceful, which I just love! Salt lamps are a nice (and attractive) way to keep the air in your home clear of impurities. Simply turn it on and let it get to work while you bask in its soft glow!

DISCLAIMER:  THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS SITE IS NOT PROVIDED BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS NOT MEANT TO SUBSTITUTE CONSULTING WITH YOUR PODIATRIST, DOCTOR OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THIS SITE IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, INFLUENCE TREATMENT OR CURE ANY FOOT OR OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS NOR IS IT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SERVICES OR ADVICE OF A PODIATRIST, PHYSICIAN, OR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.  YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT A PHYSICIAN LICENSED IN YOUR STATE IN ALL MATTERS RELATING TO YOUR HEALTH.

Natural Foot Care with Essential Oils

We use our feet pretty much ALL day! They are essential in helping us get where we need to go, and we often forget to show them proper care in return. Until there is a problem. As most of us know, when your feet hurt, you are miserable. Preventative care is one of the most important, and often overlooked, parts of foot care.

Those with Diabetes can suffer from damage to their nerve endings, which can affect their extremities, causing numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in their legs, hands, and feet. Because of this, diabetic feet sweat less frequently or not at all, leading to dryness. As a result, it is important to ensure that feet are properly moisturized without encouraging bacterial and fungal growth. It is important to avoid products that contain petroleum, mineral oil, or waxes that can clog the pores and prevent the skin from breathing.

Some of the best oils for foot care, along with their benefits, are listed below:

  • Tea Tree Oil: Deodorizing and anti-fungal
  • Lavender: Wound healing, Pain reduction and calming
  • Peppermint: Purification of the skin, Improving circulation, Boosting energy and Encouraging new cell growth, soothing/cooling
  • Olive Oil: Pain reduction, wound healing and contains vitamins/minerals
  • German Camomile: Anti-inflammatory, calming and encourages relaxation
  • Eucalyptus: Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, reduces aches/pains, natural decongestant and boosts immunity (avoid this if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or suffer from epilepsy)

Invigorating Foot Soak

To help cleanse feet for the prevention of foot ulcers, infections, and inflammations:

  • 1 cup of Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts
  • 2 drops lavender oil (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 2 drops chamomile oil (Matricaria recutita)
  • Mix oils and store in a dark glass jar

To create the soak: pour boiling water into a large bowl, and let it cool down to a comfortable temperature. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the cleansing foot soak mixture, and soak feet for up to 15 minutes.

Freshening Foot Powder

Foot powder helps to keep feet cool, absorbs foot sweat and reduces foot odor. This is especially important in summer when shoes can get very sweaty and create a breeding ground for bacteria.

  • 3 Tbsp of powder (baking soda, arrowroot or white clay)
  • 3 drops tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 3 drops rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Add oils to the powder, stir until the oil is thoroughly mixed in, then dust onto feet before putting on your socks.

Soothing Foot Oil

This anti-microbial blend can help to reduce inflammation when gently massaged onto itchy, irritated, cracked, and peeling feet.

  • 6 drops camomile oil (Matricaria recutita)
  • 6 drops tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 4 drops lavender oil (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • 30 mL olive oil (Olea europaea)

Mix the essential oils with olive oil, and store the mixture in a dark glass bottle. Gently rub the oil blend onto your feet before putting on your socks, or going to bed.

DISCLAIMER:  THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS SITE IS NOT PROVIDED BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS NOT MEANT TO SUBSTITUTE CONSULTING WITH YOUR PODIATRIST, DOCTOR OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THIS SITE IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, INFLUENCE TREATMENT OR CURE ANY FOOT OR OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS NOR IS IT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SERVICES OR ADVICE OF A PODIATRIST, PHYSICIAN, OR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.  YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT A PHYSICIAN LICENSED IN YOUR STATE IN ALL MATTERS RELATING TO YOUR HEALTH.

Stop Unwanted Hair Growth Naturally

No one likes to have hair in unsightly places. Unfortunately, hair removal can be time consuming, painful and sometimes expensive. Recently, I started doing some research to find natural alternatives to help slow or stop hair growth. I came across several resources that suggested that essential oils may be the answer, specifically tea tree oil and lavender oil, combined.

So I set out to do a test on myself. On one leg, I used my normal lotion, on the other leg, I used my regular lotion after applying a mix of these oils. I placed several drops of the oils in my hands and rubbed them all over. Once absorbed, I applied my lotion as I normally would.

After about one week, I actually did notice a difference! It seemed the leg I had been using the oils on had slower hair growth than the other. I confess, at this point I caved in and shaved because it is summer and I don’t want to walk around wit hairy legs! However, I may revisit this experiment again in the colder months to see if the process continues over time.

In my research, it did seem that this oil combination can be helpful for women with hirsutism as well. This is a condition of male pattern hair growth that affects women, with thicker, darker hair growing in places like the face, back or neck. So if you have this condition, which is typically treated with medication, this could be a natural alternative you may want to consider.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.