DIY Natural Heel Balm

Dry, cracked heels can be resistant to moisturizers. Try this DIY natural heel balm with beeswax, shea butter, almond and olive oils to soften stubborn calluses.

| February 2015

  • Natural heel balm
    Use this natural heel balm to soften and rejuvenate dry heels.
    Photo courtesy The Countryman Press
  • Natural Beauty Alchemy
    Fifi M. Maacaron's guide to DIY beauty, "Natural Beauty Alchemy," offers safer, healthier and equally effective all-natural beauty products to use instead of common commercial brands.
    Cover courtesy The Countryman Press

  • Natural heel balm
  • Natural Beauty Alchemy

If you’ve been looking for the perfect all-natural, organic shampoo, moisturizer or anti-aging serum, Natural Beauty Alchemy (The Countryman Press, 2015) by Fifi M. Maacaron, is for you. Over 100 recipes for all-natural beauty products are included, using simple ingredients like yogurt, coconut oil, oats and tea, and suitable for both beginners and experienced DIY beauty enthusiasts. The following natural heel balm recipe is from Chapter 14, “Foot and Heel Care.”

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Natural Beauty Alchemy.

The skin that covers the heels is thick and presents a strong barrier to moisturizers and creams. Regular foot care, including the use of a pumice stone, and a powerful balm are important to maintain soft heels.


• 1 ounce (30 ml) grated beeswax (or pellets)
• 1 ounce (30 ml) shea butter
• 3 ounces (100 ml) almond oil
• 2 ounces (60 ml) olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil


1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and shea butter.

2. In another double boiler, heat the almond and olive oils, bringing both mixtures to a similar temperature (100–120 degrees F). Measure this using a candy thermometer. Turn off the heat under the oils and slowly pour them into the beeswax mixture, whisking constantly.

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