Corns caused by pressure points z. B. between (too tight) shoes and toes. The skin thickens at the pressure points and forms cornifications. If a hard core develops in the middle of this cornification, it is called a corn. It can be very painful. Corn plasters are often used for treatment. However, they contain acids that also attack the surrounding healthy skin tissue. As an alternative, there are a number of home remedies that have been used successfully for generations.
A fresh celandine juice can alternatively be used as a corn remedy.
Treatments that are most effective for corns that have just emerged and are still causing little pain. It is best to massage the calloused pressure point with lanolin. This makes the corn softer and less sensitive to pressure.
Basically, anyone who suffers from corns should take care to keep their feet dry. Moisture and sweaty feet promote the development of corns, especially in closed shoes. Affected areas caused by friction between the toes can be dusted with baby powder or cornmeal to reduce moisture. To relieve the pain of toes rubbing against each other, we recommend separating toes made of natural material, e.g. B. Sheep wool.
Short-term relief is also provided by a warm foot bath with Epsom salts, which temporarily reduces the size of the bursa. If a corn is very swollen and causes such pain that wearing shoes becomes a pain, the swelling can be treated with ice cubes. Wrap the ice cube in a cotton towel (e.g. handkerchief) and place it on the swelling.
The much maligned nettle has proven itself in many ways in the treatment of corns. The herb is used internally as a tea. For a tea, a heaped teaspoon of nettles per cup is brewed with hot water and, after it has drawn for about a minute, strained.
You can drink up to four cups of it per day. A nettle foot bath, which can also be used for the treatment of calluses, is suitable for external use. Fresh nettles (leaves and stems) are soaked in a bucket of five liters of cold water for twelve hours. This cold start is then carefully heated. The herbs remain in the water. To soften the corns, the lukewarm footbath should last about twenty minutes. Regular dabbing of the affected areas with nettle essence is another effective way to get rid of annoying corns.
Stinging nettle roots dug in spring or autumn are cut into small pieces after careful cleaning, filled into a light glass bottle and poured with 38-40 percent grain brandy. Then leave the bottle in a warm, sunny place for about two weeks. Soak a cotton ball or cotton swab with the finished essence and dab the corns several times a day.
Alternatively, corns can also be treated with fresh celandine juice, which is applied undiluted - also several times a day. To make celandine juice, fresh leaves, stems and flowers of the herb must be washed and juiced in a kitchen centrifuge.
Good results have also been achieved with “Little Swedish Bitter”, preferably made by yourself: Before going to bed, drizzle a cotton ball with the tincture, place the pad on the affected area and put on socks made of natural fibers. Leave the concentrate on overnight. If you treat a corn with this tincture, it is important to keep the painful area moist at all times. Another variant of treatment is the kelvin ointment. To do this, 250g of pure pork fat is heated in a teflon-coated pan.
Four to six fresh and washed cauldron roots are added, cut into small pieces. Let the recipe foam up once, stir vigorously and remove from the stove. The whole thing is covered and left to cool overnight. The next day, after the mixture has been warmed up slightly in the pan, it is passed through a clean sheet and the herbs are squeezed out. The ointment obtained in this way is filled into sealable jars and stored in the refrigerator. Brush the corn with the ointment every day.