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For Sandal-Friendly Feet

For Sandal-Friendly Feet

If crocuses are blooming, can sandal season be far behind? We can’t wait to let our feet go free–but first we’ll use this fun fix to slough off winter-dead skin and make them smooth and pretty. No expensive spa treatment can beat this, and it uses kitchen cupboard ingredients like olive oil and (believe it or not!) used coffee grounds for fresh and tender feet that are fit to be seen.

3 tablespoons used finely ground coffee grounds
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon whipping cream
1 tablespoon whole wheat, rice, or white flour
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil

1. Mix together the coffee grounds, cornmeal, and olive oil. Add whipping cream, flour, and essential oils, stirring well.

2. Stand in the tub and scoop up a quarter of the mixture, scrubbing gently on skin of one foot. Repeat with second quarter of mixture. Rinse foot, then repeat process with the other foot. Rinse well and pat feet dry, then apply a moisturizer.

Read more: Health, Hands & Feet, Natural Remedies, ,

Inspired by Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions, by Donna Maria (Storey Books, 2000).

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1:29PM PDT on May 5, 2013

I have sandal feet all year round. I take very good care of my feet and do my own perfect pedicure as I'm barefoot in the house and I like my feet and nails done beautifully...Besides, what man wants sand paper on his back, LOL!

2:48PM PDT on May 31, 2012


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6:10AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:40PM PDT on May 31, 2011

thanks Courtney. love to use vinegar.

12:12PM PST on Nov 7, 2010

Interesting! will give the suggestions a try.

2:29AM PST on Mar 9, 2010


9:40AM PDT on Apr 16, 2008

If you have a lot of dead skin, then before you go for the above recipe, try soaking your feet in straight vinegar (some people say mix with water). It will help with the fungus you have growing under your toenails as well. Get your foot scraper(i got mine at the dollar tree), and after soaking for about 10 minutes, you will be amazed with all the dead skin you will scrape off. If you do this often enough, (if you have yellow discolored nails,or they are growing funny, you likely have a fungus)your nails will clear up and the fungus will be gone. Tea tree oil applied in the morning and at night (after your vinegar soak) will quicken the process of killing the fungus. Try to keep your feet dry at all times. Do not use nail polish (for various reasons) but the main being it harbors the fungus.Avoid soaking your feet in straight water because that helps harbor the fungus as well. If you HAVE to soak in the bathtub, then put a drop or two(too much will sting) of tea tree oil and add some vinegar(as much as you can stand the smell) to the bath water. You too can have beautiful sandal feet if you follow this.

7:34PM PST on Jan 10, 2008

Is the coffee smell too overpowering?

12:10PM PDT on Oct 8, 2007

sounds great! will give it a try.

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I did sing along, but you may not want to listen. Play it again Sam.

Very interesting, thank you.

I think Jan N. needs some catnip and a catnap.

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