This Manuka, Tea Tree, & Lemon Foot Salve Recipe may help with chapped feet and fungal issues.
Manuka, Tea Tree, & Lemon Foot Salve Ingredients
30 drops Manuka essential oil
30 drops Tea Tree essential oil
30 Drops Lemon essential oil
12 Tbsp sweet almond oil
6 Tbsp cocoa butter
3 Tbsp beeswax
3 Tbsp lanolin
6 two ounce glass jars with lids
Manuka, Tea Tree, & Lemon Foot Salve Instructions
Melt all but the essential oils on medium low in a double boiler. Then, remove from heat. Next, add the essential oils. Pour into glass jars. Once cool, cover with lids. Makes about 6 two ounce jars. Apply about a teaspoon to feet. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Some Manuka, Tea Tree, & Lemon Foot Salve Research
In a randomized double blind study, tea tree oil was as effective as tolfonate in reducing symptoms of tinea pedis. From: Tong, M. M., Altman, P. M., & Barnetson, R. S. (1992). Tea tree oil in the treatment of tinea pedis. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 33(3), 145-149
In a randomized, controlled, double blind study of tea tree oil in treating athlete’s foot; there was a cure rate of 64% after four weeks of applying a 50% solution twice a day; four patients had a dermatitis reaction that stopped when the oil was no longer applied. From: Satchell, A. C., Saurajen, A., Bell, C., & Barnetson, R. S. (2002). Treatment of interdigital tinea pedis with 25% and 50% tea tree oil solution: A randomized, placebo‐controlled, blinded study. Australasian journal of dermatology, 43(3), 175-178.
Topical application of manuka oil on mice was anti-photoaging, showing anti-inflammatory activity and suppressing the UV-B-induced increase in skin thickness and wrinkle grading. From: Kwon, O. S., Jung, S. H., & Yang, B. S. (2013). Topical administration of manuka oil prevents UV-B irradiation-induced cutaneous photoaging in mice. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013.
Antimicrobial activity of manuka, kanuka, and tea tree were assessed. From: Lis‐Balchin, M., Hart, S. L., & Deans, S. G. (2000). Pharmacological and antimicrobial studies on different tea‐tree oils (Melaleuca alternifolia, Leptospermum scoparium or Manuka and Kunzea ericoides or Kanuka), originating in Australia and New Zealand. Phytotherapy research, 14(8), 623-629.
The citrus peel oils of Citrus lemon showed strong antimicrobial activity. From: Dhanavade, M. J., Jalkute, C. B., Ghosh, J. S., & Sonawane, K. D. (2011). Study antimicrobial activity of lemon (Citrus lemon L.) peel extract. British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2(3), 119-122.
Related to treating human skin against oxidative damage, lemon essential oil is was more active than tocopherol against oxygen and peroxide free radical inhibition. From: Bertuzzi, G., Tirillini, B., Angelini, P., & Venanzoni, R. (2013). Antioxidative action of Citrus limonum essential oil on skin. European Journal of Medicinal Plants, 3(1), 1.
By: Kathy Sadowski
This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use. These statements are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. The information at this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Consult a Doctor before using herbs and essential oils if you have medical conditions, are taking medications, or have questions.