Hello, mid-September! Where did you come from, and how did you get here so fast?! Seems like just the other day I was putting away our flannel sheets and retiring my trusty Blundstones for the season in favor of flip-flops and garden clogs. Suddenly the leaves are mustard and ochre tinged at their tips, the mornings are characterized by a nip in the air and I’ve begun the slow, steady switch from cold cereal to hot Scotch oats for breakfast. The days, they sure are ‘a changin’!
Meanwhile, I’ve suddenly realized that my feet have taken an intense summer-induced licking. Perhaps you’re finding yourself in the same boat. Beach outings, pool excursions and barefoot frolics in sultry, steamy weather can easily take your feet from lovely to Leatherface during the stretch from June to September.
I’m here today with a remedy, and an easy, homemade one at that. Honey has a long and storied reputation in health and healing, and its applications for foot care are vast. As you bid adieu to the hot pleasures of summer, thank your weary dogs for all they’ve done this season by giving them a honey-laden soak and scrub. It’ll make the transition to cardigans, scarves and boots a whole lot smoother (at least, that is, underfoot!). — Ashley English
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Honey has been used for body care since ancient Egyptians got wise to the fact that the sticky stuff healed their rough-living wounds, and quickly at that. Research has since identified antibacterial properties that demonstrate its ability to expedite wound healing, including a hygroscopic inclination to pull moisture from substances, causing dehydration and hindering the growth of bacteria in the process. Whatever the scientific variables may be, the simple truth is, honey heals.
When applying this honey regimen to your feet, be sure to begin with clean toenails. If you’re due for a trim, now’s the time to hop to it. Then slide your feet into this warm foot bath, which combines the healing properties of honey with those of apple cider (also antibacterial and antifungal) and lemon (the fruit’s acids slough off dead skin cells).
Honey & Lemon Foot Soak
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1–2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1. Fill a large container or tub with warm water.
2. Pour in the honey and vinegar. Whisk to combine.
3. Top the water with the lemon slices.
4. Soak your feet for 15–20 minutes.
5. Remove from soak, dry thoroughly with a towel, and then apply Honey & Sugar Foot Scrub (below).
After soaking, your feet will be primed and ready for a hearty scrub. My mixture of brown sugar, honey, coconut oil and peppermint works in concert to smooth, moisturize and invigorate your weary feet.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
2. Stir to fully combine.
3. Using firm strokes, massage the scrub into your feet.
4. Rinse off with warm water and dry feet completely with a towel. Save any unused portion in a lidded container and use within one month.
What about you? Have any tried-and-true go-to foot remedies? I’d love to hear about them. Otherwise, I’m off to slip into some warm socks and comfy slippers, with my honey-healed feet cradled softly inside.
*Photos and styling (and foot modeling!) by Jen Altman.