Care Of The Feet

Bathe the feet every morning in warm water, soaping well; rinse in cold water. If a little alum is put into the water it will help harden, and prevent aching. A handful of bran, once in a while, is very good, but soaking the feet will make them tender and soft.

Lemon juice applied at night is most refreshing to tired feet; a good rub with vaseline and talcum powder after it is most soothing.

For perspiring feet, soak a few minutes in the alum water and then apply a lotion of white-oak bark. Dust into the stockings each morning some talcum powder. Each of these remedies, with fresh stockings each day and low shoes, which keep the feet better ventilated, will soon lead to improved conditions if not a cure.

Cold feet are helped by putting cayenne pepper in the shoes.

Calloused Feet

Callouses are hardened skin; they can be softened by applying petroleum jelly once a day. After using the jelly for two or three days, soak the feet in hot water, with a little mustard and salt added to the water. Do not cut, but rub off the hard skin with a rough towel, or with pumice soap.

Equal parts of carbolic acid and glycerine applied persistently is excellent for calloused feet.

When the feet feel inflamed and hot, wrap them in folds of cotton cloth wrung out in cold salt water, and over this put flannel.

Rub the soles of the feet at night with a lemon; it will act as a tonic and a stimulant.

Ingrowing Nails

If the toe is very sore, remove the inflammation by soaking the foot in hot water and a few drops of sulpho-naphthol. Apply a salve made of mutton tallow, sugar, and castile soap. Our grandmothers used to bind on a piece of salt pork to reduce soreness and swelling.

Bunions And Corns

These are caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well. A shoe too large will cause a corn quicker than a tight one.

A bunion can be helped by wearing a plaster, but first remove some of the pressure by putting cotton between the big toe and its neighbor. The soreness and inflammation will yield to repeated applications of iodine.


Apply and tie firmly a piece of lemon to the toe for several nights, and the corn will be easily removed. Two or even three applications may be necessary for removal, in the worst cases. Never cut a corn; there is always danger of blood poisoning.

Soft corns are caused by pressure and moisture between the toes. Bathe the feet every night; be sure night and morning that the feet are perfectly dry between the toes. Apply collodion; this will form an artificial skin over the corn and protect it so that it will heal.

Chilblains will yield to alum water if applied freely and generously. Carbolic soap will always relieve a mild case of chilblains. Tannin cools the feet. A few cents' worth sprinkled or shaken into the stockings every day or so will relieve burning feet.

Double Chin

To develop the neck and reduce the double chin, stand erect with hands on the hips, fingers forward. Drop the chin slowly, then throw the head back quickly, but without a jerk; repeat ten or a dozen times. Turn the head to the right, with chin over shoulder, as many times. Then turn the head to the left in the same way, and the same number of times. Gradually increase the number of times each day until you can do it sixty times and not get tired.

To fill in a hollow neck and soften the outlines, try the rotary movement of the head. A five-minute daily exercise will work wonders. Face directly front, drop the head forward till chin rests on the chest; now move the head in a rotary motion.

To cure tired wrinkles, sleep by an open window.


Sometimes, after a long period of wakefulness and restlessness, a tiny biscuit, or a glass of milk, will take the blood from the head and soothe one off to sleep.

A Mustard Bath

Few know the value of mustard in the bath to relieve weariness. One tablespoonful of dry mustard in a bathtub of warm water will refresh tired and aching muscles and leave a pleasant glow.