Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made by crushing apples and then squeezing out the liquid and adding yeast and bacteria to ferment. Its many benefits don’t just stop at making salads and cleaning only. For many years, it has been used as an alternative medicine for various health problems.
ACV contains about 5 to 6 percent acetic acid, which has antimicrobial properties, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Due to these powerful properties, this vinegar has been found to be effective and beneficial at providing a treat for our feet.
When it comes to dealing with aching, tired, or stinky feet, an apple cider vinegar foot soak can provide relief. Listed below are the benefits we can enjoy from using foot Soak.
Helps Deodorize The Feet
Smelly feet occur when sweat from our feet reacts with bacteria found on our skin. ACV is an effective odor neutralizer and has antibacterial properties that get rid of bacteria lingering on our feet. It creates an acidic environment where these bacteria can’t survive. Due to this, it can help freshen up our feet.
Helps Removes Corns And Calluses
Because of wearing tight shoes or wearing the wrong shoes, dead skin cells and hardened part of the skin piled up on our feet, especially if we don’t regularly take care of them. These hardened parts, also known as corns and calluses, can be removed by soaking our feet in ACV foot soak. It works by removing dead skin cells thus revealing healthier and newer skin cells. ACV also kills bacteria around the corns giving us better feet health.
Helps Remove Foot Warts
ACV is a mild exfoliator, making it enable to treat warts, which are skin growth caused by a viral infection. ACV has micro bacterial properties that can protect against viruses. A vinegar soak could help treat or prevent the growth of warts on the feet. ACV can also be applied directly to the affected areas using a cotton ball.
Helps Soothe Dry Feet
Dry feet is characterized by cracked skin and it left untreated, it can develop to a painful foot. The condition can be the result of the shoes we wear or diet choices or underlying health issues. ACV’s natural acidic properties can do wonders for dry feet and cracked heels. Having a regular ACV foot soak can help moisten the parched skin and make it soft again by removing dead, dry, or cracked skin.
A Good Remedy For Fungal Nail Infection
Fungal nail infection is associated with thickening, distorting, and yellowing nails with an unpleasant smell. ACV has anti-fungal properties that can help fight off fungus
Helps Treat Athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes burning, peeling and general discomfort.
Due to the anti-fungal properties of ACV, it can help get rid of the fungi and restore our feet’s overall health.
Helps Flush Toxins
With regular ACV foot soak, we’ll be able to flush out harmful toxins and heavy metals that may possibly be causing our feet to smell and dry up.
Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Soak Recipes
Here are the different foot soak recipes we can try to reap the benefits listed above.
Apple Cider Vinegar Against Nail Fungus
For the purpose of eliminating nail fungus, we need to mix equal part of ACV and water in a small tub and then add a few drops of tea tree oil. Simply deep the infected nail into the mixture for 20-25 minutes and dry afterward. Create a semi-thick paste out of baking soda and water and then dip the infected toenail for another 15-20 minutes. Use cotton dipped in water to clean afterward.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Oatmeal Foot Soak
This recipe requires us to add warm water to a small tub then place a cup of oatmeal wrapped in a muslin cloth and add the apple cider vinegar. Soak the feet for 30 minutes or until such time that the water has become lukewarm. Afterward, scrub the feet and pat dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Green Tea Foot Soak
Mix ½ cup of ACV and 1 cup of green tea and add in a tub with warm water. Soak the feet for 30 minutes and then scrub and dry afterward.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Epsom Salt Foot Bath
Simply combine in a small tub or container a half-gallon of water, 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, and half a cup of Epsom salt. Soak your feet in it for 20 to 30 minutes then pat dry afterward.