While it’s completely normal to experience smelly feet from time to time, some have it worse than others. Surprisingly, smelly feet are actually known as a medical condition called bromodosis. The great news is that there are many natural treatments available to reduce the foul odor associated with this condition.
What Is Bromodosis?
Smelly feet or bromodosis is a fairly common medical condition caused by sweat buildup from bacteria growth on the skin. This bacteria can cause bad odors and lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
What Causes Smelly Feet?
Would you be surprised to know that you have more sweat glands in your feet than any other part of your body? That’s because your feet produce a lot of sweat throughout the day to keep your skin moist and your body cool.
We also naturally have bacteria on our feet to help us break down the sweat our feet produces. If there is a build up of sweat and bacteria, a foul odor can occur. Wet and moist surfaces tend to be a safe-haven for bacteria to grow.
Sweaty feet are also caused by the following circumstances:
- Being on your feet all day
- Certain medical conditions
Pregnant women and teenagers are most prone to sweaty feet because their bodies produce more hormones that cause them to sweat. Luckily, there are a few remedies you can try to help reduce the odor of smelly feet.
Natural Remedies for Smelly Feet
Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Bags, and Bath Salts
Apple cider vinegar contains anti-fungal properties that can help reduce the level of bacteria that can cause odor. Tea also contains anti-bacterial properties to help freshen your feet while bath salts used in detox baths are known to improve skin health and kill fungi as well.
Let Your Feet Breathe and Rotate Your Shoes and Socks
Give your shoes a break and wear more sandals so your feet can breathe. Wear cotton or wool socks instead of nylon because those fabrics are more breathable.
Use a Foot Powder or Foot Scrub
Anti-fungal powders are great for smelly feet and can be easily made at home with a few ingredients. Try using the foot powder recipe below.
Organic Antibacterial Foot Powder
- 1/2 tbsp Bentonite Clay
- 1/2 tbsp Diatomaceous Earth
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne Powder
- 2 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Clove Essential
- 2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- a shaker bottle, glass if possible, or glass jar
- In a small bowl, mix the bentonite clay, diatomaceous earth, and cayenne powder together.
- Next, add in your essential oils and mix well.
- Place your mixture into a glass container instead of plastic to prevent chemical leaching.
This foot powder is simple to make and gentle enough to use twice a day. Just make sure to avoid touching your eyes after touching this mixture as the cayenne powder is spicy.
With proper hygiene and consistent use of the foot powder, you should notice a difference in your feet within two weeks.