If you haven’t jumped on the honey bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for? Unlike other health foods that aren’t always the definition of delicious, honey is sweet, tasty, and incredibly useful. Here’s why you should always keep a jar of local honey in your pantry.
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with dry and cracked skin on my heels. I spend a lot of time in sandals and a lot of time in the dirt in bare feet gardening. These two things don’t help my seemingly chronic condition. I have tried any number of things to remedy the situation including putting Vaseline on my heels at night and wearing socks. This works for only a little while and the dry skin reappears. I also make a point of having regular pedicures to show my feet just how much Iove them.
Since I refuse to stop wearing sandals and absolutely refuse to stop playing in the dirt, I am always searching for something to help heal my feet. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine suggested that I try some of her moisturizing heel cream she had made for a family member who suffers from the same issues I do. Of course, with all of the remedies I had tried over the years to no avail, I was skeptical at best.
The remedy contained an ingredient I had never tried before: honey. Knowing what I know about honey’s therapeutic value, I was at least somewhat inspired and excited to give it a try.
Honey is the oldest sweetener on earth but it is so much more than that. The medicinal properties of honey have been well known for thousands of years. I believe it is one of the most potent power foods on the planet and everyone should have a jar (or three!) in their home at all times.
This invaluable gift from the bees is loaded with vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids and minerals including calcium, iron, sodium chloride, phosphate, potassium, and magnesium. It is also slightly acidic which helps to reduce bacteria.
Multiple studies have proven that honey can aid in healing due to its natural antibacterial properties. In addition, honey reacts with the body’s fluids to make hydrogen peroxide, which kills bacteria.
I have regularly used honey as a moisturizer for my hair and my face, so it is no wonder that my friend recommended it for my feet. After three weeks of use, my feet are noticeably softer and I have fewer cracks. If you are like me and suffer from dry, cracked feet, I encourage you to give this moisturizing heel cream a try.
Daily Honey Moisturizing Heel Cream
- 1/2 cup organic honey
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- 1/4 of a whole orange, juiced
- Small glass jar with lid for storage
- Pumice stone or foot file
- Gather the ingredients.
- Warm the honey just enough to make it easy to spread. This should only take 15-20 minutes in the microwave.
- Stir in the milk and the juice of the orange.
- Using a spatula, place the mix into the small jar.
- Using the pumice stone or the foot file, rub off some of the callused skin on your heel before applying a thin layer of the mixture. Spread evenly on your heels.
- Massage as much of it into your skin as possible.
- Leave the mixture on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
- Do this twice a day until you can feel and see the difference. Use as often as needed. This will keep in the refrigerator for a month.
— Susan Patterson