Treating Corns Naturally

Corns like calluses develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns are a very common ailment that usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.

Some of the common causes of corn development are tight fitting footwear, high heeled footwear, tight fitting stockings and socks, deformed toes, or the foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely. Soft corns result from bony prominences and are located between the toes. They become soft due to perspiration in the forefoot area. Complications that can arise from corns include bursitis and the development of an ulcer.

There are very simple ways to prevent and treat corns. You should wear properly fitted footwear with extra room in the toe box (toe area). Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose. Use an orthotic or shoe insert made with materials that will absorb shock and shear forces. Also avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a healthier environment for the foot. Try to steer away from corn removing solutions and medicated pads. These solutions can sometimes increase irritation and discomfort. Diabetics and all other individuals with poor circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.

Essential oils can be a very effective way to treat corns naturally. One of the most popular oils for treating corns is tea tree oil. To use, dip a cotton ball in tea tree essential oil and cover the corn. Secure the cotton in place using gauze or a bandaid. After approximately 2 hours, remove the cotton and clean the corn with a soft tissue. Re-apply a fresh cotton ball soaked in tea tree essential oil over the corn. Repeat the treatment at least 3 times a day for two months.

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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.

Anti-Aging Essential Oils

As with most health issues, prevention is key when it comes to youthful aging. If you treat your skin right starting at a young age, it will be much easier to maintain than if you abuse it and then try to repair it. One of the least expensive and most natural ways to support your skin is with essential oils. They can be easily purchased online or through distributors and there are a variety of types of oils that can be used on the skin for anti-aging.

It is important when using essential oils that you ensure that you are using therapeutic grade oils. Some of the very inexpensive brands you may see in stores are diluted or impure. Be sure to research brands yourself or ask a knowledgeable acquaintance before selecting a brand.

Now you may be wondering what essential oils should you use to help support your skin and slow down the aging process? Below are a few of my favorites:

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense is know for reducing the appearance of sunspots, age spots and uneven color on your skin. It helps protect skin cells, reduce acne blemishes and diminish large pores and wrinkles. It can help to strengthen the skin, repair cells and improve elasticity. It has also been shown to help reduce stretch marks, scars and minor wounds. When using Frankincense, be sure to dilute the oil in a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil (about 6 drops of Frankincense to 1 ounce of carrier oil).

Lavender Oil

Lavender is one of the MOST popular oils used in skincare. Not only does it have powerful healing properties, but it also helps specifically target skin cells and improve their health. Lavender is also antimicrobial and an anti-oxidant so when you mix it with aloe vera or coconut oil as a carrier, it amplifies the soothing effect and can be particularly helpful for dry skin, sunburn or minor scrapes. For an added boost, mix lavender and frankincense together in a carrier oil to soothe and repair your skin – apply in the AM after your shower and at bedtime after washing your face for optimum results.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil helps normalize the production of sebum in the skin and helps diminish age spots on your face. It can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, as well as improve elasticity and boost circulation to the areas where it is applied. Be sure to mix with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil before applying to the face, morning and evening.

MOST importantly, be sure to drink PLENTY of water and eat a healthy, clean diet in order to best support that youthful glow in your skin!

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.

Soothing Joint Pain Without Medication

Joint pain can really limit our ability to participate in the activities we love, and often take for granted until we aren’t able to do them anymore. Joint pain is typically cause by a form of arthritis, and can limit our mobility. Luckily, there are some great natural remedies that can soothe your pain naturally, making it easier to participate in the things you love.

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Epsom Salt Soak

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral that has been used to get relief from pain for years because of its high levels of magnesium. To soak, simply add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large bowl of warm water, stir it and soak your joints for at least 1 minutes.

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Olive Oil Massage

A main compound in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) called oleocanthal inhibits inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2, just like Advil or aspirin does. The study showed that 1 ½ tablespoons is equal to 200-mg of ibuprofen. Make sure the oil is extra virgin olive oil or “cold-pressed.” The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed determines the levels present. To massage, rub some olive oil (about 1 TBSP) onto your joints 2-3 times a day and gently rub.

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Essential Oils

Peppermint and eucalyptus have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. They are very cooling oils, and can temporarily soothe your discomfort. To use, blend 5-10 drops of both eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, and then mix into 1-2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil (known as the “carrier” oil). You MUST dilute the essential oil or it may irritate your skin. Be sure to keep your blended oil in a dark glass bottle out of direct sunlight to maintain potency.

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Turmeric & Ginger

Turmeric is a bright yellow herb that has been used in cooking, dyes and Ayurvedic medicine in India and China for 2,000 years. Turmeric has recently drawn attention from Western health practitioners for the treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Please note: turmeric can cause side effects, specifically thinning of the blood, so please consult a practitioner before starting this herbal treatment. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends combining turmeric with ginger for natural relief of inflammation. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling and stiffness. Take both herbs together in capsules at the same time, or make a tea, brewing a one-inch piece of each herb in two cups of boiling water for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the herbs and add honey or stevia to sweeten if desired.

By using some of these readily available natural remedies, you can support your body and help soother your pain without the use of medications. Treat your body well, and it will treat you well in return!

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!

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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.

Treat Ear Infections Naturally in Your Kitchen!

Many children suffer from chronic ear infections. Often, this can be a result of an undiagnosed milk allergy or sensitivity. If you children are experiencing frequent ear infections, I highly recommend you try a dairy free diet for at least 30 days before agreeing to have tubes put in their ears. Frequent ear infections also typically mean frequent doses of antibiotics. Although antibiotics certainly have their place in modern medicine, they also kill off all the good bacteria in your body along with the bad. If you or your children are taking antibiotics, it is important to also take probiotics. If you take your meds in the AM, take your probiotics in the PM. If you take them together, the antibiotics will kill all the good bacteria in the probiotics, making them useless.

Garlic mullein ear oil is a great natural alternative to antibiotics. You can easily purchase it at a health food store, Whole Foods or even on Amazon.com. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and garlic mullein ear drops can inhibit or destroy germs present in the ear while controlling inflammation.

Any time my daughter complains of an earache, I immediately being to administer garlic mullein ear drops (just fill the ear canal with oil drops and massage behind the ear lobe), increase her probiotics, remove all sugars from her diet and take her to the chiropractor for an adjustment. While she has had a few ear infections, I am happy to say all of them were cured without antibiotics.

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.