Oneof my readers contacted me for a natural solution to a common but embarrassingproblem, smelly feet.  Sweaty feetand foot odor are quite common, especially among dancers, athletes, when youexercise or during the hot weather.  Wearing shoes and socks that don’t breathe or rough, dry skin on yourfeet can promote foot odor.  Bromhidrosis, or foot odor, isdue to bacteria that breed and multiply in warm feet, socks, and shoes.  The soles of your feet have thousandsof sweat glands that produce perspiration, which can breakdown in contact withcertain bacteria, causing an odor.

Bunions,hammertoe, fallen arches, excessive perspiration and odor, or toenail fungus requirea visit to the podiatrist.  Thereare several simple things you can do however, to prevent ordinary foot odor. Cleanyour feet regularly with a scrubber and soak them in salt to prevent calluses.  Choose open toed shoes or sandalsduring the summer; other times of the year wear leather or canvas shoes, whichbreathe.  Air them out occasionallyin the sun and don’t’ forget you can wash your sneakers! Avoid shoes lined withsolid rubber or synthetic materials and wear all cotton socks.  Sprinkle your shoes occasionally withcornstarch to absorb moisture. 

Toget rid of foot odor, soak your feet in either white vinegar or tea.  Brew 2 tea bags in a pint of boiling water for 15 minutes;add tea to 2 quarts of cool water and soak for about 20 minutes. You may needto do this daily for a week.

Below is a recipe for a foot deodorizer with specificherbs and essential oils known for their astringent and deodorizing qualities.

Foot Deodorizer  (Recipe from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles)

Ingredients:  Foot tub, 6 quarts water, ½ cup sage, peppermint or rosemary leaves, ½cup baking soda, 5 – 10 drops rosemary, sweet orange, peppermint, tea tree oreucalyptus essential oil

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil, remove fromheat and add the herb of choice.  Cover and steep for 30 minutes.  Strain into the foot tub.  Add baking soda and the essential oil and swish with feet to blend.  Soak feet for 15 – 20 minutes.  Towel dry and coat withmoisturizer.  (Coconut oil worksgreat!)

There is a natural solution to everything – good luck!

Information compiled from,, and OrganicBody Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

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