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How to Make Foot Balm for Dry Heels

When I first started to make my own self-care products, the very first thing I set out to re-create was my favorite foot balm. The company that originally made it had been bought by a larger brand and they had changed the formula so that it included a whole bunch of yuck ingredients that I didn’t want to use on my skin. I knew I wouldn’t purchase it again, but I missed the old formula so I set out to make a batch for myself.

This is the recipe that I came up with and I still love it! It makes for a great gift for loved ones who you know suffer from dry skin on their feet or even cracked heels.


Ingredients and Supplies

  • 3 ounces of organic, unrefined sunflower seed oil, double or triple-infused with calendula flower, self-heal leaf and flower, comfrey leaf and oxeye daisies
    Note: If you don’t have access to self heal or oxeye daisies right now, you could substitute lavender buds and rose petals.
  • 2 ounces of organic, unrefined coconut oil infused with helichrysum flowers and rose petals (or lavender and rose, if you don’t have helichrysum)
  • 1 ounce of beeswax
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil (angustifolia)
  • 12 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops of helichrysum essential oil (italicum)
  • tins


  1. Melt the beeswax over low heat in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil and sunflower seed oil (in that order). Turn the heat back on if needed to reach a liquid state, but usually if you just stir them for a minute, they’ll incorporate nicely.
  3. Add the essential oils to the blend and stir until they are thoroughly mixed through.
  4. Pour into tins and allow to sit still until completely cooled.
  5. Add your label with ingredients and the date you’ve made the product and enjoy!

Tip: Spray the feet with hydrosol before massaging the balm into the skin until it’s thoroughly absorbed, then cover the feet with socks. Repeat daily for best results.

If you decide to make this recipe, leave a comment below to let me know how it goes or share a photo on Instagram and use the hashtag #floranellarecipe so I can find it. =)

Much love,

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Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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6 thoughts on “How to Make Foot Balm for Dry Heels”

  1. Looks like a great recipe 🙂 I love sunflower oil for skin. Thanks for sharing.

    A few questions:
    Do you infuse the oils yourself or buy them already infused?
    Do you have a preferred chemotype of rosemary?
    Do you think a balm/lotion bar container would work well rather than a tin?

    1. Erin Stewart

      I infuse oils myself, but if you don’t have access to the plant material you could certainly use purchased infused oils.
      I like rosemary ct. verbenone for this recipe, personally.
      You could use whichever kind of container suits your fancy as long as it’s heat-proof. The mixture will be pretty hot when you pour it. =) If you find that the blend is too soft to hold shape in a lotion bar mold, add a bit of beeswax to make it harder.
      Thanks for asking!

  2. Deborah Stelle

    How much of each herb do you infuse into the sunflower oil? Do you infuse them all together? Is the coconut oil fractionated or how are you keeping coconut oil 76 degree melt point infused? Thanks for your response.

    1. Erin Stewart

      Hi Debbie! You can find a full guide for infusing oils with herbs here: The amount of herb you use to infuse your oil will largely depend on the size of your jar and how much infused oil you want to make at a time. I never use fractionated coconut oil. You can keep it liquid by setting it in a warm place while it’s infusing (on top of the fridge or near the stove works well). If it solidifies, it’s okay. Just heat it up a bit before straining and you’ll be good to go!

  3. Hi. Is this firm or soft? I have tried a few recipes and they are all a little too hard. Thanks.

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