Ewesletter Jul 04
Last month I had my first professional pedicure and thoroughly enjoyed the experience in spite of the fact that I had to admit to someone else that I have a big, ol', ugly, gross and painful plantar wart on one of my feet. My esthetician put some tea tree essential oil on the problem and said, "I'm not going to touch it beyond that — you should have it looked at by a medical professional." Now I know that's probably more information you ever wanted to know about me, but I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with foot problems — right? coffee beans

And besides, I have a great show stopping tip to reveal in this Ewesletter that more than compensates for the unpleasantness of this topic.

A few weeks after my pedicure, I made a doctor's appointment, thinking he would simply burn it off with some dry ice.

The Doctor said, "I'm not touching that until you reduce the size of the callous."

"Well, how am I supposed to get to it if it's lurking awkwardly just beyond my reach?" I asked. And as my friends' Nana said, "Long gone are the days that I can put my feet over my head."

And do you know what he told me? You'll never guess.

"Duct tape," he said.

That's right. We've found yet another use for this kooky product. (My brother is the only person I've ever known to have actually used duct tape for its original purpose). So I've been walking around with a piece of silver duct tape stuck to my foot and against the salmon-coloured toe nail polish from my pedicure, it looks almost fashionable. My doctor said to wear the tape for a few hours daily, even overnight, and the act of tearing it off will take some of the callous with it. And then I should file it down with a foot file (on sale now at the Homespunspa Fantastic Gifts Boutique) while in the shower. Then after a few weeks of taping and filing, I should be ready to make another doctor's appointment to burn off the rest. And the bonus is, according to my doctor — and remember, he's the one who went through years of medschool — the duct tape "apparently has a therapeutic effect" on the skin.

purple toenails If you ask me, this whole duct tape thing falls neatly into the Homespunspa philosophy of using things you can find in your grocery store to soften skin and inspire sweet dreams. I'll allow it — not as a "natural" product, but certainly as a "curiously versatile" one. Does it work, you ask? Yes, I think so. After a week of using this sneaky spa treatment, I'm noticing great leaps of progress on my foot. Duct tape is awesome. Medical journal? Probably not. Finding a new use for duct tape? Priceless.

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