Have you ever wondered why it’s recommended to put Essential Oils on your feet? Here are 4 reasons to start today!
1. Minimize sensitivity
The soles of your feet have different skin than the rest of your body, it is actually less sensitive! This lower sensitivity means you can often apply oils undiluted. So this makes it a great place to try oils out.
This also makes it a great place to try out “hot” oils like oregano or peppermint. By diluting oils with some fractionated coconut oil and using them on the bottom of your feet you allow them to be absorbed into the body with a chance for reaction.
2. Quick absorption to act faster and more efficiently
The soles of our feet have the largest pores on our body so they act like a sponge! Also, the feet and the palms of your hands do not have sebaceous glands. Sebum is the oily substance covering the body that helps waterproof and keeps the skin lubricated. For this reason, it acts as a barrier to the essential oils which you want to absorb into your body. Without Sebum, oils are absorbed quickly and efficiently. This helps get the oils to your bloodstream faster.
3. Your feet and reflexology
Have you heard that every part of your body is connected to your feet? According to the ancient art of Reflexology, every nerve in our body ends in our feet, with each area of your feet correspond to the body’s organs and systems. The left foot connecting to the left side of the body and all of the organs and valves while the right foot corresponds to the right side of the body.
Reflexology has been shown to have significant, scientifically-proven benefits. This claim may have some legitimacy to it. A study using foot reflexology to treat patients with cancer in the lung and breast found a significant decrease in both anxiety and pain. Another study found that ear, hand, and foot reflexology resulted in “a significantly greater decrease in premenstrual symptoms for the women given true reflexology treatment than for the women in the placebo group.”
So by placing essential oils on your feet with reflexology you may increase the benefits. You can also target specific areas of your body easily when applying to your feet.
4. Grounding yourself to the earth
May ancient cultures believe that our feet are how we connect to the earth. While there is no science to provide here, the belief is based on the recognition that what is rooting us in the biosphere and encapsulating our energetic links. If this is true, there couldn’t be a better place to put essential oils?
Health benefits of essential oils
Essential oils are made of the concentrated healing powers of any given medicinal plant, they truly are a force to be reckoned with. Here are just some of the benefits that the hundreds of available essential oils can provide:
- Act as a natural perfume
- Alleviate congestion
- Balance hormones
- Clean your home
- Fight colds and flu
- Increase skin suppleness and elasticity
- Improve digestion
- Lower inflammation
- Prevent infection, both internally and on the skin
- Reduce and manage pain
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Relax and soothe sore or inflamed muscles
- Resolve skin conditions
- Slow the process of aging
- Strengthen immunity
- Improve sleep