Smelly feet are just an unpleasant side effect to our bipedal existence (and shoes don’t help). It’s completely natural, and there are plenty of equally natural remedies that can take the edge off. Take a look at our best essential oil cures for foot odor, straight from Reader’s Digest’s Kitchen Cures: Homemade Remedies for Your Health. Before you get started, make sure you know the essentials about essential oils.
Fragrant foot rub
Lavender essential oil can help ease everything from stress to allergies to insomnia, and foot odor is no match for it either. Aside from its lovely smell, this oil also helps kill odorous bacteria. Rub a couple drops on your feet right before you go to bed, and sleep in socks. (You should probably be wearing socks to bed anyway; here’s why.) You might not want to use lavender essential oil, though, if you have low blood pressure.
Refreshing minty scrub
Combat the smell of your tootsies with the pleasant scent of mint. The sugar in this scrub helps purge dead skin cells, which are also a major contributor to foot odor.
1 tablespoon coarse-ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon dried peppermint
1 tablespoon natural yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon
5 drops peppermint essential oil
- Combine oatmeal, cornmeal, sugar, and peppermint in a bowl.
- Add yogurt, lemon juice, and oil. Mix to form a gritty paste.
- To use, sit on the edge of the bathtub and massage the mixture into your feet, paying particular attention to heels and soles.