Natural Home Remedies for Foot Odor

Feet smell when bacteria on the skin break down sweat.

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ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Feet will smell if the sweat soaks into shoes and you don’t let them dry between wearings.  If your feet sweat more than usual, you may have hyperhidrosis. If you have a fungal infection, you might require medical treatment. If there is no underlying condition, there are some simple solutions you can try at home.

SELF TREATMENT

The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and disorder. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Bone broth
  • Potassium-rich foods
  • Chlorophyll-rich foods
  • Green leafy vegetables

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Food additives
  • Household chemicals
  • Processed sugars
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Sulphur-rich foods

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple cider vinegar in water a couple times a day before meals
  • Green tea
  • Wheatgrass juice

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath. You can make a foot spray at home with oils.

  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree oil for your feet (can be irritating to sensitive skin)

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Zinc (excessive zinc interferes with other valuable nutrients)

HYDRATION

Water helps to flush toxins from your body; toxins that may produce smell in your sweat. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stress will make you sweat more—including your feet. Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Alternate hot and cold soaks.
  • Bathe your feet in warm water infused with several drops of tea-tree oil.
  • Bicarbonate of soda foot bath
  • Blow dry your feet after washing or showering.
  • Eat a diet low in sugar.
  • Epsom salt foot baths
  • For foot powders, use natural products like baking soda or arrowroot.
  • If you have flat feet, consider arch supports to give your feet a rest, with less sweating.
  • Keep toenails short.
  • Lemon water foot bath
  • Shoe inserts with activated charcoal
  • Sprinkle sage in your shoes.
  • Tea foot bath
  • Thompson Tee moisture-wicking shirt
  • Treat your shoes with coarse salt crystals.
  • Use a natural shoe deodorizer in your shoes between wearing (some have charcoal in bamboo bags; see Jalousie on Amazon.
  • Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin from your feet.
  • Use a shoe rack for “resting” shoes to provide air circulation.
  • Vinegar foot bath
  • Vodka foot bath
  • Wear open sandals or go barefoot as much as possible.
  • Wear shoes made from natural materials that breathe and don’t wear the same shoes every day. Give them time to dry completely before wearing again.
  • Wear shoes that have open mesh for some air flow.
  • Wear socks that have at least 30% manmade fibers. Wash them in HOT water to kill bacteria. Change them when they are damp.

CAUTIONS

  • Don’t use an antiperspirant if you have any kind of fungus on your feet
  • Don’t wear your sneakers for more than several hours at a time.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

 

 

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