Learn how to make this easy cracked heel salve recipe with essential oils for your natural foot care routine for soft, beautiful feet! Formulated with natural skin care ingredients to help promote healing, this foot salve recipe for cracked heels helps hydrate, soften and soothe dry skin.
Soften & Hydrate Feet with A Cracked Heel Salve for Natural Skin Care
This cracked heel salve recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to promote healing, soften and protect cracked heels and feet. It’s also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips – pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!
Cracked Heel Salve Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. sal butter
1 oz. refined coconut oil
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. safflower oil
.25 oz. lanolin
.1 oz. sea buckthorn oil
.1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.15 oz peppermint essential oil
You will need to use a digital scale for this project.
My cracked heel salve recipe yields two 75 gram containers that smell like peppermint! The peppermint also lends its cooling properties to hot, tired feet. If you prefer to have the patchouli shine through instead, use .15 oz. of patchouli essential oil and .1 oz. of peppermint oil. The patchouli essential oil is included in my cracked heel salve recipe for its ability to not only promote healing, but also for its natural deodorizing and antifungal properties.
To make my cracked heel salve recipe, you’ll begin by weighing out the beeswax and cocoa butter and combine in a 4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. (Alternately you may use a double boiler.) Be careful when removing your container from the microwave as the glass will be hot. I recommend using a potholder or towel to protect your skin from the heat.
Next weigh out and stir in the sal butter, coconut oil, lanolin and neem oil. Stir until these ingredients have liquified completely. If needed, pop back into the microwave at 50% power just until melted.
Now weigh out and stir in the remaining ingredients.
You will now fill two 75 gram white styrene deodorant tubes with your cracked heel salve. To fill these deodorant tubes, first place the container upside down, with cap and disc insert in place and the base off. Fill the tubes with the now liquid cracked heel repair balm from the bottom, up to the plunger (the internal mechanism with three oblong holes that will move the product upward). Be sure not to fill above the plunger or the tube will not function properly.
Once the cracked heel salve has solidified completely, snap the base back onto the bottom of the tube, then apply your labels. (Download the free printable labels for my cracked heel repair balm here.)
To use, unscrew the cap and remove the disc. Then simply twist up to dispense product for use. Apply and massage in as desired.
You can find these awesome twist up deodorant tubes I used for my cracked heel repair balm recipe at SKS Bottle & Packaging here.
(Side note: In warmer climates and if transporting outside of a climate controlled environment, you’ll want to increase the beeswax in this recipe to 1.25 oz.)
In addition, if you like my cracked heel salve recipe, you may also like my other foot care recipes for making a natural foot repair salve with neem oil and my natural rosemary and neem oil foot salve.
Substitutions for my cracked heel salve recipe.
If you need to make substitutions do to allergies, you can substitute mango butter or kokum butter for the cocoa butter and refined shea butter for the coconut oil – though this will create a slightly harder product. You can also substitute the sal butter with refined shea butter.
Natural Skin Care Benefits of Ingredients Used
Why use sea buckthorn oil in a salve for cracked heels?
Sea buckthorn oil is prized for its ability to promote healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It can aid in promoting healing for burns, cuts, wounds, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. In addition, daily use of sea buckthorn oil has been shown to help slow down the signs of aging by nourishing the tissues in your skin and body.
More Natural Skin Care Recipes with Sea Buckthorn Oil
Here are a few more of my natural skin care recipes that use sea buckthorn oil as an ingredient.
- Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin
- Winter Mint Homemade Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe
- Anti-Aging Natural Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
- Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
- Natural Hand-milled Facial Soap Recipe
- Natural Heal and Protect Lanolin Foot Salve Recipe.
Benefits of neem oil for cracked heels.
Neem oil has been shown to also help to promote healing when used in skin care. Used both medicinally and cosmetically for hundreds of years, neem oil is naturally antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal and possesses moisturizing and regenerative properties. In addition it also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) properties and contains both vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
Used topically, neem oil helps to treat skin conditions such as eczema, ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores, psoriasis, warts, chronic syphilitic sores, infected burn wounds, and slow-healing skin ulcers. It has also been shown to help control various skin infections including scabies and candida.
For more natural skin care recipes that contain neem oil, visit Soap Deli News blog here.
Why use lanolin for a cracked heel salve?
Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin, it is able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It’s both an excellent moisturizer and a skin smoother. Lanolin is capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.
If you like my DIY cracked heel salve, then be sure to pin this natural skin care recipe to Pinterest for later. For more of my natural skin care recipes that contain lanolin, visit Soap Deli News blog here.
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