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DIY Heel Repair Stick

Heel Repair Stick

I love sandals, so when the weather gets warm I wear them almost exclusively! Unfortunately, my love of sandals has a negative effect on my feet…..dry, cracked heels! Dry heels can be unattractive and even painful, but we don’t have to live with them!

I came across this recipe for a nourishing Heel Repair Stick, and I knew I must try it! And it certainly didn’t disappoint – my heels felt softer and smoother after the first application! I actually ended up using it all over my dry feet and plan on using it every night before bed to help stave off the misery of dry heels this summer! :-)

Heel Repair Stick

adapted from Saved By Grace

Heel Repair Stick

Start by adding the coconut oil, the beeswax, and the shea butter to a glass pint jar (or similarly sized glass container).

Heel Repair Stick

Place the jar into a small pot of simmering water. The pot only needs enough water to cover about half the jar when you place it in the pot.

Heel Repair Stick

Using some bamboo skewers or chopsticks, stir the mixture in the jar occasionally until everything has melted. The coconut oil will melt first, followed by the shea butter, and the beeswax will melt last.

Once everything is melted together, turn off the stove and remove the jar from the water. Add the Vitamin E to the jar, along with the Lavender and Frankincense essential oils, and stir again.

Heel Repair Stick

Pour the mixture into a clean, empty deodorant canister, and allow it to cool completely. It will cool in an hour or so at room temperature, but you can speed up the cooling process by placing it into the fridge for a few minutes.

Use as needed to prevent, heal, and repair dry, cracked heels!

Heel Repair Stick

 How do you deal with dry, cracked heels during sandal weather?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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    • Boy did I make a wrong turn! I intended for this to go on a completely different blog of yours. All this computer stuff is still taking a while.

  • what brand of used container did you use for your dry heel repair stick. i tried a used container of my husbands, which comes with 4 parts, and liquid just runs through it. any suggestions?

  • […] the foot soak – KEEP your heels in sandal shape with this DIY heel repair stick! Rub it on your heels every night before bed to help stave off the misery of dry heels this […]

  • Hi – This sounds amazing! Do you think it would work as a lotion bar? I’m currently out of empty stick containers and want to try it right away…..

  • I love your site and have marked it as important on my emails received so I never miss anything.

    I do however, have an alternative that I use daily in the summer and it works. I use Bag Baum and apply to my feet daily or at least several times a week. Then put on an old pair of socks and leave them on for hours while at home. When you take off your socks your feet are a soft and smooth as a baby’s butt. I buy this at Walgreen since I live in St. Louis. Give this a try and you will pass it on to friends as well.

  • I love that on your site people help each other with good ideas. For some who are fatally allergic to bee products, I have found that Bag Balm works really great. It helps with wrinkles on the face, too. I have also used it when I get deep painful cracks along my fingernails. It really helps. Now, this is the real thing, not the knock offs that try to look like it.

  • We use Eulecol, its a cream you put on your feet at night, no mess in the bed and use for a week and your feet become incredible, use it a lot in summer! Its available in the chemist shop in Auckland New Zealand and a cheap price!

  • Right now I have terrible looking heels. I have an awful heel spur that is sticking out and have been using an anti-imflamatory lotion prescribed by the doctor but it has dried my skin out to the point of peeling. I am using a product from your friend, Camp Wander. A salve that she makes and sells. It is most definately helping but I think I’ll make me a batch of this stuff to try too. My foot is in an orthotic boot most of the time but it will come off soon.Thanks for all your info,it really helps!

  • A daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar is easiest way to take care of heel cracks. I take it like tea, with approx 1 Tablespoon A.C. vinegar with 1 cup hot water. Or, quickest way is just taking 1 Tablespoon A.C. vinegar by itself. After 3-5 days of this routine, cracks in your heels will be gone. Since this is internal fix, it also heals cracks around fingernails. Best remedy ever.

  • I’m wondering where you get the shea butter. I love all the DIY products. I had just been using naked salve on my feet which works ok..but I think the EOs would make it more healing and would like to try it.

  • Can you use any essential oil, or is there something about these two that help your feet? Also where do you get Shae butter? One last question, what keeps the liquid from leaking out of the empty container?
    I live in Colorado, take krill oil daily and still have horrible looking feet unless I use Vaseline, or aquaphor, or even gold bond. I expholate my feet prior to showering and once out put this on and cover with a pair of socks I’ve only used for this. It works, but in the summer it can be too hot to go to bed with the socks. I’m looking forward to trying something different.

    • These two are particularly great for healing dry skin, but the frankincense can be left out if you don’t have it. Here’s a link to the exact shea butter than I get: http://amzn.to/1BaMHNt I’m not sure that I understand your last question. The liquids are mixed into the hot liquid, and when it comes down to room temperature, the whole product solidifies – there are no liquids left out! Is this what you meant?

  • Jillee, Please can you include weights in addition to cup measures. I have big chunks of beeswax and shea butter that I weigh to add to these recipes. It is wonderful local beeswax but sold in blocks instead of pastilles.

    Also, I don’t know if I am the only one who can’t accurately add drops of oils. Perhaps a post on how to use the little bottles of essential oils correctly for measuring. I ALWAYS get too many or too few drops when trying to measure.
    Thanks for my most clipped site!

    • If you are using whole chunks of beeswax, you will have to grate, blend, or finely chop the beeswax before using it. Then, it can be measured in the same way and it will melt down MUCH easier! I also had chunks of shea butter, so I just squished it into the tablespoon and scraped it out with a butter knife. The essential oils can drop a little unpredictably, you might want to try one of these: http://goo.gl/HYR98b The droppers replace the lids on your oils for easy and even dropping! Plus, you can use the code “JILLEE” at checkout for an extra discount :-)

  • Can this recipe be used as deodorant? I’m sensitive to baking soda which seems to be a common ingredient in homemade deodorants. What oils would be good for deodorant? Thanks

  • I had horribly cracked heels a few months ago and read that it could be a lack of Omega 3’s in my diet. So I started taking krill oil and in two weeks, no more cracks!

      • I made this last night and actually got two whole deodorant tubes PLUS two stick-lotion tubes out of it!! I plan to use the stick-lotion ones for my cuticles. I can’t believe what a difference it made in my heels already. Thanks Jillee!!

  • Purchase Amlactin lotion at Costco, use daily after showering, and in 90 days your feet will be incredible. The acid gets rid of the dead cells. Recommend by my dermatologist. It really works for a permanent solution.

    • Coconuts aren’t actually included in most tree nut allergy diagnoses. Are you certain you’re allergic to it? You can have yourself tested to see, but most people who are allergic to nuts (like my husband) are not allergic to coconut. (He isn’t, he just doesn’t like it lol!) But if you’ve ever eaten popcorn from a movie theater, they use coconut oil exclusively–so you’re likely not allergic to coconuts if you’ve not had a reaction.

  • I have tried everything and nothing works. My feet are terrible right now and living in Florida flip flops are the only shoes I wear this time of year except for when I am at the gym. Where can I find the Vitamin E drops and beeswax?

    • I actually found a bottle of liquid vitamin E at Target!! I was really surprised too!! It was on an end-cap with ethnic products; Mexican, Asian, etc.

    • Many years ago a friend told me to soak my feet before bed, scrubbing nails and heels with a nail brush. Dry thoroughly and apply Vaseline all over, then cover each foot with a big baggie, followed by socks to keep the bags on, and in the morning I’d be impressed. I was! Not nearly as nice as a heel stick, however, and the slippery bags/socks in bed is probably why I didn’t do it as often as I should have. Got lots of compliments on my feet, even from men!

  • Thank you! I plan on trying this! I currently alternate between Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair Stick and Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème but I love the idea of making my own!

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