Shea butter is the one of the newest botanical wonders in the industry of health and beauty. It comes from the fruit of the Shea nut tree in Africa, and has some wonderful properties that are great for the skin and body. It is a primary moisturizer that not only softens skin, but smooths fine lines and roughness. When combined with other essential oils and botanicals, Shea butter makes a good thing even better.
The feet need a lot of attention and care. Rough heels and calloused toes are not only unattractive, they can be an indicator of underlying health issues that need to be addressed. Daily care of the feet keeps them soft and callous free. A Shea butter foot balm is just the ticket to make sure that happens.
A good basic Shea butter can be made at home with little effort and relatively inexpensively. I use this recipe to make a reasonably large quantity so that I can use it daily:
- Four ounces beeswax
- One ounce of avocado oil
- A few drops of eucalyptus, menthol, and peppermint oils
- Four ounces of Shea butter
- Four ounces of pure cocoa butter
- Two ounces of sesame or flaxseed oil
- Two ounces of cornstarch
Melt the beeswax and stir in the cornstarch until it has a smooth consistency. Remove from the heat, and add all the other ingredients separately, and stir each until mixed thoroughly. After stirring thoroughly bring back to heat, and add any more essential oil if desired. Remove once again from the heat and place in a decorative jar or container. Allow the mixture to settle for twenty-four hours and it is available to use.
This foot balm can be used alone for daily care of the feet, or in conjunction with an excellent herbal foot soak. Here is a recipe that can be made and used for a wonderful at home spa moment.
- One gallon of water
- One cup of sea salt
- Peppermint essential oil
Mix these ingredients to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool until warm to the touch. Place in a basin and soak the feet for ten to fifteen minutes. What you will discover is that the skin of the feet is softened and the rough skin can be easily sloughed off at this time. I am a firm believer in pumice, and a gentle touch. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously to avoid soreness. When the unwanted skin has been pumiced away, rinse the feet in cool water, and apply the Shea Butter Foot Balm. There should be a noticeable difference in the feel and the appearance of the skin on the feet. Regular use of the balm will keep the feet moisturized and smooth.