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Natural Health Advice for Preventing and Treating Cracked Heels and Fingers

Cracked heels or fingers can be extremely painful and can often take weeks or months to heal. Aromatherapy can help in both the treatment and prevention of this painful and unsightly condition however it is also important to look at the matter holistically in terms of your overall diet and lifestyle which can have a big influence on the condition of your skin.

Diet

 

    • Drink 2 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration.
    • Consider your diet and whether you might be lacking in certain nutrients. Increase your intake of essential fatty acids which are found in nuts and seeds, particularly cracked/hulled linseed, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and also in oily fish, avocados and cold pressed olive oil.
    • Make sure you’re getting plenty of Vitamin E which helps to maintain smooth, flexible skin – this can be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, pulses and whole grains).
    • You should also increase your intake of Vitamin A which supports cell division and the shedding of dead skin cells in order to maintain fresh, healthy skin. Vitamin A can be found in carrots, goats milk, green veggies and orange coloured fruits.
  • If cracking skin is severe and persistent it may indicate a deficiency in Vitamin C and Zinc. To boost your Vitamin C intake have lots of fresh fruit (especially berries) and vegetables. Zinc can be found in beef, game, offal, sardines, shellfish and hard cheese.

 

Skincare

 

    • Don’t have overly hot showers or baths as the hot water can dry out your skin and weaken you constitution.
    • Avoid using harsh, synthetically perfumed skincare products.
    • Use a foot file regularly to remove the dry/dead skin cells as this dead skin will be more susceptible to cracks.
    • If you already have cracks add 2 tablespoons of mineral rich Dead Sea Salt to your bath (or 1 tablespoon to a foot bath). This will help prevent fungal infections developing in the cracks.
  • Make your own aromatherapy creams by mixing essential oils in to a moisturising base cream to help prevent cracked heels, or make up an oil blend if you have severely dry skin or if cracks have already appeared.

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