Over the years I have collected many different natural remedies – some from my family and friends from Eastern Europe, some from other places. I have tried them myself and what have worked – I put in my notebook for later use. I intend to bring them to you in a series of short articles. Here are two simple remedies for foot problems:
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection affecting the areas around toes and can spread to other areas of the foot. Some forms are mild, but most can cause flaking, itching, deep painful cracks and bleeding and can produce a foul odor. The fungus thrives in warm and moist places and it can be easily transmitted, specially in places like public showers, swimming pools, locker rooms, etc.
Most over-the-counter drugs stop the symptoms for a while, but it usually returns with vengeance. Here is a simple and effective way of treating athlete’s foot I have learnt from my Grandmother with easy to obtain natural ingredients:
Get some mutton fat (tallow) from a butcher’s shop (beef tallow can also be used), trim the skin and blood vessels. Cook over slow heat until it melts, strain and pour into jars, let it cool. (Mutton tallow can be stored in a fridge in an air-tight jar to prevent oxidation for a few weeks, beef tallow stores almost indefinitely without refrigeration). Wash and dry your feet and apply the tallow to affected areas in a thin layer. Put clean socks on to prevent staining your clothes. Taking zinc supplements and vitamin E from a good source will help speeding up the process and make it more permanent.
Corns are areas of hardened skin, usually on the tips or tops of the toes, sometimes on the side of the foot. They can be extremely painful. Usually they form in response to rubbing and pressure from too tight or too narrow shoes.
You can get rid of them using very simple method: Get a clove of garlic, run it through a garlic press or cut up into small pieces, add a small pinch of sea salt and using a spoon – mash it till smooth. Put a dab of it on the top of the corn and cover with band-Aid. In 2-3 days pull the band-Aid off – in most cases the corn will come off.
Chris Gozdzik’s main interests are dowsing and alternative healing. diviningmind.com