Gramma's Homemade Foot Butter

| 7/28/2015 12:14:00 PM

Renee-Lucie BenoitI come from a long line of women plagued with the worst dry feet on the planet. My mother, grandmother and I have the type of feet that get severely cracked and sore. This happens every summer. I guess it doesn't help that all three of us have a predilection for going around barefoot in the house and out in the yard and garden. I guess we just love the feel of the earth between our toes. Dry cracked feet is the price we pay for the freedom. Yes, wearing shoes and socks would be much more sensible, but we aren't. Sensible, that is. There's something earth mother-ish about running around barefoot.

Everybody swears by Bag Balm, and it has been around a long time. However, my grandmother was a dyed-in-the-wool do-it-yourselfer. She came up with this recipe, and we all think it's better than Bag Balm. (No slur intended against BB. It's great if that's what you prefer!) She made her own balms and ointments all the time.

This recipe is very flexible. Use more or less of the key ingredients and you get a different consistency. You can experiment around to see what works for you. I'll tell you what I do to get a firm consistency that is really effective on dried cracked and sore feet.

Basic Recipe Ingredients: