One way to heal dry, cracked feet is to mix olive oil with lemon or lavender essential oil and apply to the feet as needed, especially after bathing, says Foot Vitals. Vegetable oil or a combination of Vaseline and fresh lemon juice can also be used to moisturize dry feet. Moisturizing treatments are most effective when the individual applies the moisturizer before bed and wears socks overnight to lock in the moisture.
Harsh soaps, exposure to cold weather or water for extended periods of time, and dehydration can all contribute to dry, cracked feet, states Top 10 Home Remedies. Protecting the feet from harsh conditions, staying hydrated and regularly using moisturizer can help prevent dry skin.
Many lotions contain alcohol and are not suitable for use on dry or cracked feet, cautions Foot Vitals. Natural treatments such as pure oils are a better choice to moisturize feet without causing additional damage to the skin. Other natural home treatments for dry feet include soaking the feet in warm water and scrubbing away dead skin with a pumice stone, applying coconut oil to feet before bed and wearing socks overnight, and applying a mixture of glycerin and lemon juice to feet for 20 minutes, as recommended by Top 10 Home Remedies.