We spend our entire day on our feet so it’s not surprising that they experience quite a bit of wear and tear. Sometimes our feet deserve a treat and this apple cider vinegar soak gives them just that. Here’s a host of benefits that come along with it. Make sure to use organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ or culture still in the bottle. It should have a cloudy appearance.
Note: If you are diabetic, soaking your feet often may cause your skin to break down and increase the risk of infection. Consult your physician before trying out any home remedy for your feet.
1. Removes Dead Skin
You’re more likely to get corns and calluses if you wear uncomfortable shoes. The skin hardens to protect your feet from blisters and wounds. The acid content in apple cider vinegar can help slightly exfoliate the skin. Using this bath can help remove dead skin cells and expose newer, soft skin underneath. Regular use of this soak can help reduce the appearance of calluses and corns on your feet.
Vinegar foot soaks can also soothe dry, cracked feet. Use cool water, as hot water has a tendency to dry out your skin. Soak nightly, then moisturize your feet and put on socks. Soaking too often or for too long may cause your feet to get even drier, so use this soak sparingly for dry and cracked feet
2. Balances pH
The pH of apple cider vinegar is similar to the acid mantle of our skin. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acids) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin’s pH, which ideally should be slightly acidic. The pH of the skin is responsible for regulating inflammation, permeability, and cohesion of cells.1 Apple cider vinegar may help maintain this balance.
Different parts of your body will have different levels varying from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. If they stray too far from the norm you will have health issues.
Too much alkalinity signals alkalosis while too much acid causes acidosis. Your urine should register slightly on the acidic side of the scale to be healthy. If you are sick your body will likely register too far on the acidic side.
3. Has Anti-Fungal Properties
Apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal properties. This is great for foot-related issues like toenail fungus or athlete’s foot.2 This soak may be a great way to treat these problems or keep them at bay
Vinegar contains a compound called acetic acid (CH3COOH), which makes it effective at treating fungus. While it is typically purchased as a food product, it has excellent medicinal properties to combat fungal and bacterial infections. Vinegar works by modifying the pH levels of the skin, thus warding off and killing unwanted growths.
4. Soothes Sore Muscles
Apple cider vinegar is said to have anti-inflammatory properties which may help when you have sore, tired, and aching feet after a long day of work. It can help reduce pain and swelling if there is any.
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and alkalizing properties which work to reduce muscle pain and inflammation.
5. Helps Reduce Symptoms of Varicosity
Studies showed that patients with varicose veins showed reduced itching, pigmentation, soreness, and cramping when apple cider vinegar was applied to their legs externally.3
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and inflamed, which not only makes our legs look bad, but also causes severe discomfort and a feeling of heaviness that often prevents us from going about our daily lives as normal. Even though this is a condition that can only be completely cured through surgery, it is still possible to use other treatments to help relieve its symptoms. And among the most effective natural products for this condition, apple cider vinegar is one of the best. This is particularly the case with spider veins, small varicose veins which result in a web of veins on your skin.
6. Removes Odor
Thanks to the anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it can be extremely effective in killing odor-causing bacteria and fungi.
7. Removes Warts
Apple cider vinegar may have anti-viral properties. Since, warts are an infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family, this explains why it may be helpful in removing these annoying bumps on our feet. Alternatively, you can soak a ball of cotton wool and use a band-aid to keep it in place over your wart. Leave this on overnight. With regular use, your wart should disappear over time.
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak for Feet
- Use a tub that can fit your feet comfortably.
- Fill it about two-thirds with warm water.
- Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.
- Before soaking your feet, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
- Soak your feet for 30 minutes and then dry off. The scent of the vinegar will fade once your feet dry completely.
- Do not use this remedy if you have open wounds or bleeding cracks on your feet.
- Don’t use this soak too often as warm water can dry your skin out. Use this remedy sparingly for dry, cracked or sore feet. Do this nightly and moisturize your feet immediately. For best results, put on socks before going to bed
- If you are diabetic, soaking your feet may increase the chances of infection. Consult your physician before trying out any foot-related home remedies.
Apple cider vinegar has a host of benefits and can be used in a number of different remedies. But, your tired feet will definitely thank you for trying out this one.