Make Your Own Honey Heel Moisturizer for Dry, Cracked Heels

foot creamWhen the skin on and around the heels becomes thickened (callused) or dried out it causes cracking. These cracks can range from minor to severe and be caused by anything from increased pressure /weight and ill-fitting shoes to dry climate and fungal infections, like athletes foot. Whether your dry cracked heels are causing discomfort, or if you simply find them unsightly, try making a honey moisturizer for daily use to get them supple and smooth again.

How to Make Honey Heel Moisturizer- for dry, cracked heels.

Ingredients: Milk, honey, orange juice.

Why honey: Honey is a humectant, which means that it traps and seals moisture, making it ideal to apply to dry, cracked heels. Put it on and it essentially “sucks” moisture into your skin, helping to relieve the dryness and heal the cracks. It also helps ward off bacteria, which is an added benefit if you have open cracks that run deeper.

Why milk: Milk is rich in vitamin A which is essential for healthy skin, as it helps to repair and rebuild it. It also helps to thin out the honey a bit and allow for easier application.

Why orange juice: Oranges, and subsequently their juice, are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, which is basically the substance that gives skin its elasticity and suppleness. As we age our collagen lessens, which is why we get wrinkles. Applying vitamin C topically will help your skin retain the flexibility that makes it possible to put pressure on it without it splitting.

You will need…

-1 cup of organic honey, slightly warmed
-1-2 tablespoons of milk, preferably whole
-The juice of ½ -1 whole a orange
-A foot file or pumice stone (optional)



Warm the honey slightly to make it easier to spread on. Stir in 2 tablespoons of milk (warming the milk helps as well) and the juice of ½ an orange. If you have one, use a pumice stone or foot file to slough off some of the callused skin before spreading a layer of the mixture evenly onto your heels, massaging as you go to help it sink in.

finished moisturizer

You don’t need a super thick, gobby layer, but it should still cover all the dry parts thoroughly. Leave it on for 45 minutes and then, if you like, rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly. Do this twice daily. If you prefer, you can apply this before bed and let it dry and then leave it on overnight. You can also cover it in gauze if you have to be walking around, but it can still be a little messy and the gauze tends to stick to it.

dry cracked heels

Dry skin isn’t fun for anybody, but it poses a unique sort of problem when it’s on those special things that carry you around all day (aka your feet.) Not only can the sight be bothersome to some people, dry and cracking heels are uncomfortable, sometimes downright painful. If you find fancy foot creams aren’t doing the trick, or want to avoid them altogether, a trip to land of milk and honey may be all you need.

To note…

This will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator. Place it in a bowl of hot water (in its container) to make it easier to spread on. I gave a range of amounts-like 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk or 1/2 an orange instead of a whole one-because it can be adjusted depending on how thick or thin you want it to be. I usually make mine somewhat thinner-closer to a glaze than anything. Sometimes I leave it on, sometimes I have to rinse it off, and sometimes I just wipe off any excess and don’t rinse, it’s really up to you!

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  1. nilsa hernandez says:

    U guys r great .

  2. Pauline says:

    I just love your site. I do have a question. I have psriosis. Do you have a good remedy to releve ichienes or redness? Anything Will help.
    Thank you.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Pauline,

      I am glad you enjoy the site!! Psriosis is on the docket here, keep checking back and it will hopefully be up this week 🙂

  3. chris lansbury says:

    I know honey works….I’ve been using it for years. 🙂

  4. Sandy says:

    So how do you get organic honey??? Can’t tell the bees where to go.. cute 🙂

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      If you have a co-op or local farmers market there should be some there. Just double check the label to make sure. If there is no place near you, you can order it online 🙂

  5. Liz says:

    Like you’re recipes very helpful. After my pregnancy my armpit got very dark do u know anything I could try

  6. Jodie says:

    I love the useful and wonderful tips on this site. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  7. Tracy says:

    I think this will be fantastic for my periodic “deep treatments”… apply a heavy layer of the moisturizer at bedtime, and carefully put on a pair of cotton socks. Leave on overnight, and wake up to soft, smooth feet!

  8. Taleda says:

    Can one use Whole Milk Powder (or buttermilk, or coconut, or goats, or yogurt powders), Orange Peel Powder (or grapefruit or lemon peel powders) with the honey for same effect? Also, would using powders make the cream longer lasting? Adding Vit E (natural preservative) would not only extend shelf life but also aid with soothing skin.

  9. katerina kalvinou says:

    Thank you for the reminder,i grow up with all this remedes back in the old country [Greece]my mom use all the natural prodacts we hat avelable and they worket every time,we livet in the country without stores and doctors.Exalant edvise thank you!!

  10. eino d. cierva says:

    thanks a lot for this very special info, it will help me a lot because I also had a big problem regarding my dry heels

  11. marie says:

    My armpits was like that try using peroxide it helped me.

  12. indermeet kaur says:

    I like this honey heel cream can u help me about how to lose my fat

  13. Leigh says:

    Can you recommend an effective vegan replacement for the milk?

  14. larissa says:

    And what do you do after you wash it? you put on some cream?

  15. Laurice Douglas says:

    Is there any thing that will help get rid of calcification in the body? I am full of it..have heard vitamin K6 is supposed to be good. .Laurice

  16. Debbie says:

    I am always looking for things I can use on my god awful heels. I am excited to try this and I love the fact that it is natural.

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