Even though my husband has officially removed the visible mold in our home, we unfortunately are now dealing with mold spores in the air. Consequently, I have been having nose bleeds and mid afternoon fatigue, which always leads to a nap.
Another side effect of mold spores is that it can ruin your skin. My heels have developed callus’, which are now cracking and bleeding. It feels like I am walking on craters that are lodges in my feet. I have also noticed black spots in some of the cracks, which is likely fungus.
Here’s a gross picture of my feet prior to the clay mask:
A few months ago, I developed fungus on the epidermis layer of the bottom of my feet. I also have horrible nail fungus, which has deformed my nails. Forwarning: these pictures of my nails may be nauseating to those with weak stomachs.
Last night, I decided to use some bentonite clay to alleviate some of the ache and hopefully do a deep cleanse of the callus’ on my heels. I read on the container that it can be used on your face, as clay baths, and even as foot soaks. So, I gave it a try.
I used Indian Healing Clay and mixed it with Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I purchased both from iHerb because they are a lot cheaper than my local health supply store. If you make a purchase through one of my links, you can save $5 off any order or $10 off $40 + free shipping with my affiliate code VDB510. I will earn a small commission if you make a purchase and I sincerely thank you– it helps me be able to afford the costs of keeping this blog up & running.
I followed the directions on the Indian Clay jar, which instructed me to use equal parts clay with equal parts ACV or water. I chose to use the apple cider vinegar because it’s powerful and my feet clearly needed as much help as possible.
When I combined the clay and ACV, the mixture began to bubble a little. It smelled strongly of vinegar but it wasn’t overbearing. I applied the clay mask and sat on the couch as the clay dried.
It felt cool and somewhat relieving to apply the wet mask. It didn’t tingle or burn, which was surprising since I have such deep cuts.
After about 15 minutes, I scooted my feet on a dry towel towards the bathroom. Smart people that plan ahead would probably have a bucket of water to sink their feet into once they were ready. But at least I had a dry towel nearby! 😀
After I rinsed my feet clean of any clay, I began drying them. I actually saw dry skin peeling off of my heels. I was shocked!
So I put my feet back in the tub and scrubbed them a little more thoroughly to get the remaining dead skin off.
After I dried them for the second time, I applied lotion to the entire foot. I am still impressed with how well this clay mask works for dry, cracked heels! I will definitely use it again and again. I am hoping that my feet never get this bad again though. I figure that once we are done with our mold escapade, we should all go back to having a healthy life once again. (I hope!)
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