Got severely dry cracked heels? Then this shea butter foot cream recipe is a must for you to try out! Intensely lubricating with powerful healing properties, this foot cream uses the power of nourishing shea butter & avocado oil, moisturizing coconut oil, lubricating beeswax, anti-fungal tea tree and cooling peppermint. It sounds like quite a mouthful but that’s only 6 ingredients!
Healing Foot Cream for Cracked Heels
When I was in my teens, I suddenly developed cracked heels much to my dismay. I don’t know how I got them but I started applying Vaseline on my feet at night and covering them with a pair of socks before bed. In the shower, I vigorously scrubbed my heels with a Pumice and it worked well in sloughing off the flaky skin. Unfortunately, it seems Vaseline is only a quick fix to seal moisture and soften the cracks but not heal the cracks, which is what I want.
I then started using raw shea butter for cracked heels and it was really soothing and moisturizing. Recently I found that when shea butter is mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil, it can act as a powerful antimicrobial cream so I ended up combining the two together coupled with other healing ingredients to form a simple yet very effective foot cream!
This foot cream is intensely healing, seals moisture and neutralizes foot odor PLUS it lubricates the dry cracked skin while cooling and soothing painful cracks and fighting off fungus! What a load of benefits! Okay, without further ado, check out this intense healing shea butter foot cream recipe!
Shea Butter Foot Cream Recipe
- ½ cup unrefined shea butter (get it here)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (get it here)
- 1 tbsp beeswax pastilles (get it here)
- 1 tbsp avocado oil (get it here)
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil (get it here)
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil (get it here)
What Makes Each Ingredient Footastic
→ Shea Butter – Extracted from the Karite tree found in Africa, raw and unrefined shea butter is what you need to use. It has a high vitamin A and vitamin K content which provides intense nourishment to dry skin. If your cracked heels bleed and are painful, shea butter promotes quick healing!
→ Coconut Oil – This coconutty goodness is ideal for moisturizing dry wrinkled and flaky skin which is what many mild cases of cracked heels look like. Because it has a small molecular structure, it’s easily soaked up by the skin leading to instant moisturization. Coconut oil is also antibacterial due to its high lauric acid content so it’s good for staving off germs on your heels.
→ Beeswax – This natural wax helps dry skin by holding in moisture by forming a protective barrier which also keeps out skin irritants as well as shields the skin from harsh weather that can lead to cracked skin. Beeswax is also antibacterial, it encourages wound healing, gives relief to itchy cracked heels as well as promotes cell turn over which is important for healing cracked heels!
→ Avocado Oil – A strong anti-inflammatory, avocado oil repairs painful, bleeding and rough cracked heels. It also provides intense lubricating action due to its thick consistency. Avocado oil also has a boatload of vitamin E, which speeds up wound healing!
→ Tea Tree Essential Oil – A very powerful anti-fungal and antiseptic essential oil, tea tree is used to fight off fungus, which is a main cause of cracked heels. It also helps disinfect the cracks and soften the hard skin as well. Tea tree also has a fresh medicinal and ‘clean’ scent that is soothing.
→ Peppermint Essential Oil – Cooling and refreshing, peppermint essential oil provides relief to tired heels and provides an invigorating tingling sensation that feels really good! It also smells has a nice fresh scent that you’ll love!
- In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil and avocado oil to liquid form.
- Once melted, leave it to cool for about 2 minutes then add the essential oils and stir well with a spatula.
- Now place the melted mixture in the freezer for 10-20 minutes or until it cools off and solidifies half way. It should become rock hard but partially solidify – this allows it to be whipped into a butter/cream.
- After 10 minutes or so, it’s ready to be whipped! Get your hand mixer and start beating the semi solid mixture until you form a white butter like consistency.
- Your healing shea butter foot cream is complete!
- Transfer it to a clean container and store in a cool dry place.
Note: The texture of your foot cream depends on the climate you live in. If you live in a warm climate or it’s summer where you are, it may not be as creamy as mine came out. It’s perfectly fine though, it all works the same!
How to Use this Foot Cream for Best Results
- If you want to heal your cracked heels and keep them lubricated, follow these steps every night before bed!
- Wash your feet with warm water and a mild soap.
- Place a bit of soap on the Pumice stone and start scrubbing your heels for about 10 seconds each to exfoliate dead cells and soften the rough skin.
- Rinse your feet in warm water.
- Then let your feet dry.
- Now get a dime-sized amount of the shea butter foot cream with clean fingertips and slather it on your cracked heels.
- Put on some comfortable socks and go to bed!
- The next morning, your heels will be soft, the cracks will have lessened, the pain/burning gone plus feel lubricated and fresh!
- This shea butter foot cream has a shelf life of over 6 months but it’ll probably get used up before that time! Just keep it away from tap water and other contaminants and use clean fingertips to scoop it up.
- You can also use oregano essential oil as it is a very powerful anti-fungal essential oil!
- To care for your cracked heels, foot soaks are a must at least every weekend. Simply fill a tub with a gallon of hot water (as hot as your skin can handle), add ¼ cup of Epsom salts, 7 drops of tea tree essential oil and ¼ cup of unfiltered apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Soak for about 15 minutes then lubricate your feet with the foot cream.