Dry, cracked skin on the feet and hands is a common problem, especially during the winter months. In severe cases it can be painful, especially in association with frostbite or skin complaints such as psoriasis.
Mix 3 drops of lavender with 1 tsp wheatgerm oil (or a thick moisturizing cream) and massage well into the affected area night and morning. Continue until the condition improves.
Other measures: benzoin, myrrh, tea tree and patchouli are also useful essential oils for cracked skin when used individually or in combination and applied as you would lavender oil.