When the heel becomes too dry, it causes cracked heels. The cracks may not only painful but can also lead to serious infections. Cracked heels are caused by insufficient moisture on the skin. Cracked feet can occur for a number of reasons such as dehydration, taking very hot baths, cold winter weather, using harsh dry soaps, scrubbing feet dry or not moisturizing the feet. Try this simple home remedy to treat cracked heels.
How to treat cracked heels at home?
Boil one litre of water in pan. Transfer the boiled water to a bowl. Add 15 to 20 mint leaves, juice of half a lemon, and one teaspoon rock salt. Mix them well. Make sure the water is warm and immerse your feet in mint water for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove your feet after 20 minutes and rinse with water. Scrub with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin. Repeat once daily (preferably before bed) to treat cracked heels and to get smooth, soft and beautiful feet.
How does this work?
Mint leaves are packed with many healthy nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 (1), protein, dietary fibre, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Both vitamin A and vitamin B6 are highly beneficial for the maintenance of a healthy skin. Mint contains an active ingredient called menthol that has cooling and anti-bacterial properties which are great for treating all skin problems.
Lemon contains an essential oil that can remove old skin cells, regenerate new skin cells and soften the skin. Also, it helps the heels to remain smooth for a longer period.
Soaking the feet in salt water helps to remove all the dirt and stains from cracked heels.
The combination of mint leaves, lemon and rock salt are very effective in treating cracked heels.
Mint in other languages
It is scientifically called as Mentha Piperita, Pudhinaa in Tamil and Malayalam, Pudina sopu in Kannada, Pudhina koora in Telugu, Poodina patha in Bengali, Podana Patra in Oriya, Hara pudina in Punjabi, Pudina in Marathi and Urudu.
The various health benefits of mint leaves
Treats common cold
Mint leaves contain menthol, which has a natural aromatic decongestant and cooling effect. Thus, helps to break up phlegm and mucus, gets it out and relieves sore throat.
Cures upset stomach
Fresh mint leaves can help to promote digestion, acts as a carminative, which means it can help ease gas, bloating, stomach pain and changes in bowel movements (2). The active compound called menthol in mint leaves, helps alleviate irritable bowel syndrome and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract. Mint leaves are a great appetizer, it soothes the stomach in case of inflammation or indigestion.
Reduces breastfeeding pain
First time mothers who are breastfeeding may experience cracks and pain in the nipple. Applying mint water to the skin can help to relieve the pain associated with breastfeeding. Studies showed that Peppermint water after breastfeeding is more effective than applying expressed breastmilk to prevent nipple cracks and pain.
Improving oral health is one of the best benefits of mint leaves. Mint leaves are packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, thus helps to get rid of harmful bacteria and prevents dental problems. The fresh leaves can be rubbed directly onto the teeth and gums and can heal many oral health (3) problems. It prevents tooth decay, freshens breath, whitens teeth, keeps gum healthy, and inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
Mint leaves are best ways to fight against acne and also clears acne marks. Take mint leaves, rose water, yogurt, and a pinch of sandalwood powder. Blend all the ingredients well and apply as a face pack. Leave the pack on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Mint contains salicylic acid, which is used on the skin to treat various skin problems.
Treats nausea and headache
Mint tea or freshly crushed mint leaves helps deal with nausea and headache. The strong aroma of mint acts as an effective remedy to treat nausea and headache. Massaging with mint oil on scalp and hair regularly prevents headache(4).
Mint leaves for skin and hair
- The combination of mint leaves, lemon juice, cucumber, multani mitti (fuller’s earth) and yogurt works well as blackhead remover.
- Boil some mint leaves in water and strain. Apply this water on skin and allow to remain for at least 10 minutes. This prevents pimples, keeps the skin fresh and oil free.
- Take mint leaves, honey, yogurt, and egg white. Make paste and apply as a pack. It acts as an anti-wrinkle face pack.
- A mixture of mint leaves and olive oil cures cracked heels and leaves soft and crack free skin.
- Hair wash with mint water is highly effective in controlling hair fall, gives shiny and non-frizzy hair.
- To treat head lice, take a bunch of mint leaves, blend and make paste. Boil the paste in coconut oil and make mint oil. Apply this oil on the scalp and hair and leave it for one hour. Rinse your hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat this twice a week to get rid of lice.
Here is the detailed recipe to treat cracked heels.