What To Do About Dry, Cracked Heels
I have cracked heels year-round, but they get a lot worse in the summer due to the dry weather where I live, and summer activities like wearing flip-flops exposing the skin, swimming, and walking barefoot in the sand.
My cracked heel problem is not the worn and weathered garden variety that a little moisturizer will fix – it's really bad. My pealing heels are practically a lethal weapon! Big chunks of dry skin peel off on a regular basis that I have to trim off every few days or they are so sharp they will cut my sheets and socks (or my skin if I happen to rub my heel against my leg). Then, and only then can I file them with a heavy-duty file (if no raw skin is exposed). Filing is not easy to do on heels this cracked, and I usually can't even do it.
Some years, my entire heal splits open in several places exposing raw skin and being excruciating to step on. Some years it's worse than others, but it never goes away.
So what have I done about it?
Lots and lots of things… with little success. None of the super-duper creams on the market have helped a bit, even the expensive creams made specially for this problem. I've tried applying jojoba, coconut and sesame oils straight, but they haven't managed to penetrate into the dead, thick skin on my heels.
In case it's a deeper health issue, I've done many types of cleanses, including colon cleanses, liver flushes, bentonite clay, mineral soaks, and the Master Cleanse (among others), and although these cleanses are very good to do, none of them affected my cracked heels in any way.
But this year I did something that worked much better. A friend of mine told me she uses Animal Scents Ointment for her dry, cracked heels and it works like nothing else.
Wait a minute – I thought Animal Scents Ointment was for animals!
Sure, but not exclusively. Turns out humans can use it, too. Why not? The ingredients are pure, healthy and include Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils.
Animal Scents™ Ointment was originally formulated as a natural salve to help animals heal from injuries, abrasions and cuts. But since humans are mammals, we qualify, don't we?
When you look at the list of ingredients, you can see what I mean:
- Mink oil
- sesame seed oil
- rosewood† essential oil
- wheat germ oil
- palmarosa† essential oil
- geranium† essential oil
- patchouli† essential oil
- balsam fir† (Idaho) essential oil
- myrrh† essential oil
- carrot seed oil
- Melaleuca alternifoila† essential oil
- rose hip seed oil
† 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil.
This impressive list of fine ingredients shouldn't be limited to our pets alone. After all, it's blended with Melaleuca alternifolia and myrrh, two of nature's most powerful essential oils, and many other wonderfully beneficial oils… like Mink oil, rosewood, palmarosa, geranium, patchouli, balsam, carrot seed and rose hip seed oils (all wonderful for skin).
Besides, Animal Scents Ointment contains:
- No mineral oil
- No synthetic perfumes or fragrances
- No artificial colorings
- No toxic ingredients
I love that all the ingredients are natural!
What the heck, I decided to give it a try.
I'm so glad I did. The results have been nothing short of miraculous. After just the first application, the cracks in my heels started healing up. After a few more applications, my heels softened and became smooth – something I never thought I'd live to see!
What helped even more was to put it on at night and cover my heals with a protective cover – a strip of plastic wrap around the heal and ankle creates a spa-type wrap that really helps penetration. It also keeps the ointment from being rubbed off on your sheets.
Now, my heals are doing soooo much better, that I forget to put the Animal Scents Ointment on half the time! What's amazing is that the softness remains, even if I forget to apply the ointment for a whole week.
A little goes a long way, but you can apply it generously if you need to – it's totally up to you (and your heels). This rich blend of ingredients is effective yet gentle and safe, so you can soothe your heels without using harmful chemicals or synthetic products.
Did I mention it has also worked miracles on dry hands, knees and elbows as well? My dry, cracked heels AND every other dry part of me is now soft and supple!