Natural Remedies: Minty fresh anti-fungal foot powder

Posted by on August 23, 2010 at 10:22 am.

 

herbs with mortar and pestle

If you’re looking for natural remedies for nail fungus or simply looking for  an all natural anti-fungal foot powder recipe. You’ve come to the right place. Over the past several days, I’ve been writing about nail fungus, and ways we can prevent it.

In part two of the series, I included recipes that might help eliminate the annoying nail fungus. The essential oils used in two recipes ae anti-fungal, anti-viral, and great for speeding up the healing process. Those natural ingredients can be effective in the treatment of fingernail or toenail fungus.

If you’re trying to eliminate nail fungus, Celebrate Life’s Minty fresh anti-fungal foot powder is another great natural homemade recipe to add to your arsenal. Not only is this foot powder anti-fungal, it eliminates odor too. The essential oils used; peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, and tea tree are all effective in keeping funky foot odor at bay. So even if you don’t have foot problems, you can use this recipe.

I created this recipe several years ago for my father. I knew that my dad occasionally suffered from the athlete’s foot (he still walks into the public showers without any shoes.) I told him he could potentially pick up all sorts of germs doing that, but he still refused to wear any shoes.  My dad was skeptical about natural remedies, but he used it anyway. I recall this was one of the gifts I’d prepared for him on Father’s Day. I honestly believe he mainly used it to please me, he requested more once the first batch ran out. The anti-fungal foot powder worked. I’m happy to report that years later, my father finally wears shoes when he’s taking a shower at the gym.

Celebrate Life’s Minty fresh anti-fungal foot powder

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Add essential oils to the powder and mix thoroughly
  2. Store in a glass jar or shaker container.
  3. Keep in a cool dark place.
  4. Shake well before using.
  5. Dust on bare feet
  6. Put on socks and shoes as normal

You can double or triple the ingredients. The shelf life, for these ingredients are a year, although all of mine have lasted a lot longer.

I store my dry ingredients like herbs and clays in bulk. I purchase 24 ball mason glass jars. You can buy them in a variety of sizes.

Natural Ingredient information

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Baking soda is effective for eliminating foot odor. My shoes that recieve a lot of activity get a dusting of baking soda, or a recipe that includes it.

  3. Corn Starch
  4. If you thought corn starch was only for cooking you’re wrong, corn starch is extremely effective at absorbing moisture. Since, I dislike wearing sock or nylons. I always use a natural foot powder recipe, or plain corn starch in my shoes. The results are no sweat adding a few drops of essential oils to my workout shoes means no funky foot odor.

  5. Lavender Essential Oil
  6. Cuts down on the healing time, natural antiseptic, effective against burns, great for relaxation, etc., Lavender essential oil, comes in many varieties.

  7. Peppermint essential oil
  8. Peppermint essential oil has numerous benefits. It’s anti-viral, antifungal, its used as an insect repellent and it’s leaves your feet smelling nice.

  9. Tea Tree Essential Oil
  10. Is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and it also helps fight infection. This amazing essential oil has been used for centuries.

I hope you enjoy you’ve enjoyed part three in the nail fungus series. Remember you can use these natural anti-fungal nail recipes even if you don’t have a nail fungus.  The natural ingredients listed, are gentle but if you’ve never used the ingredients before, it might be a great idea to do a skin patch test.

If you were to visit my home, you’d notice that the majority of the products in my home are all natural. In some cases, the shelf life, is a lot shorter than their chemical counterparts, but the added bonus to the natural alternatives is that they don’t have the side effects associated with them, like many of the products that contain chemicals.

 

8 Comments

  • Megan@secret Santa spirit of Christmas says:

    Your posts are always so full of helpful and practical ideas. Just reading the ingredients of this foot powder makes me smell nice!
    I sometimes add Lavender to the mop bucket so that the floors get a lovely small and the house is calm. Lavender is my favourite…..and tea tree, well I'm Aussie and we distill it so almost every Australian household has Tea Tree oil in their cupboard <3
    How about catnip? Apart from getting cats high, what can catnip used for. I am wanting to grow some but how can I use it in the home????

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Hi @Megan@secret Santa spirit of Christmas!

    Thanks! Over the years I’ve thought of purchasing a distiller for my own personal use. I have a nice sized herb garden, so it might come in handy. I still need to research it a bit more to see how feasible that would be.

    Catnip isn’t only for cats, it has numerous uses; I’ve used it for minor colds, flu, indigestion. It also can be used for headaches, eliminate parasites, and it’s a natural insect repellent.

    Slightly off topic…
    For the past several years, I’ve purchased the Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database it’s put out by the Therapeutic Research Center. It comes out yearly. Since I’m seen as the go to person for everything natural (by family and close friends) in the real world, I thought it is wise to add it to my book collection. The book size is huge (it reminds me of a big Bible my parents have) and it has over 2000 pages. I read them like novels. 🙂 I love reading about things like this. I’ve thought about creating a site that was focused on research. In the corporate world, I’ve worked in research for quite a few years, but that would take so much time (which I don’t have at the moment.)

    Anyway, I already know about the benefits of the majority of the common herbs, but theNatural Medicine Comprehensive Database is helpful since it not only tells me the herbs benefits, it also talks about the potential side effects to medication. Which is very important, to keep in mind. Just because something is natural doesn’t automatically mean it will be good for you. 🙂 What I also like about the book is that it’s scientifically reliable evidenced-based data, perfect for those who might think it doesn’t work, simply because it’s natural. 😉 If I got paid a dollar for every time someone told me “X” wouldn’t work simple because it was “natural” I’d make a lot of money. 😉

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  • Amber says:

    Looks like I missed some great tips while I was offline! I’ve never actually had a problem with any kind of fungus but it seems to become an issue (at least in my family) when you get older. You said you can use the remedies even if you don’t have a fungus because they keep odor & whatnot away, but would it also prevent the fungus from happening?

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Hi @Amber,
    Welcome back from your mini vacation, judging by your posts you had a blast.

    Yes, the recipes can fight off fungus too. I use the powder in my workout shoes. I look at its antifungal aspects as an added bonus. 🙂

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  • Evelyn says:

    This is great! I’ll try this, because someone in my house likes to purchase commercial foot powders. And who knows what’s in that stuff.

    This is very helpful!

    Thanks,

    Evleyn

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Hiya @Evelyn,

    You’re welcome,

    I love the natural foot powders. They smell great, they’re effective, and all natural too.

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  • Stephen says:

    I always believe in natural remedy power, they are low cost but very effective! Thank for sharing this post!

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  • Felicia says:

    Wow, great recipe. I’m going to give it a try. My hubby has been suffering with athlete’s foot for years. If this can clear it up, I’ll be forever thankful! 🙂
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