Essential oils are beneficial for our bodies in many different ways. Used correctly, Essential Oils can be life changing for your health!
One area of the body that is perfect for applying essential oils is the feet.
There are numerous claims flying around the web when it comes to applying essential oils to your feet. Here are three reasons you have probably come across already and if you haven’t, it’s up to you to decide.
The skin on the soles of the feet are less sensitive than the rest of the body. Using diluted essential oils on the bottom of the feet allows them to be absorbed into the body. You will have a less chance of skin reaction delivering oils through your feet. Some essential oils are more intense than others, these include citrus essential oils, oregano, and peppermint. Always patch test first, even on your feet.
Reflexologists believe that every nerve line in the body ends in your feet. For example, the reflex point on the right foot is said to be connected to the liver. When you include essential oils with reflexology, you may feel an increase in health benefits.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis. [SOURCE]
Your feet have thicker pores than any other part of the body. Your essential oils will catch the express train to your bloodstream!. Did you know unlike the rest of your body, the feet and hands do not have sebaceous glands! This means their is no oily barrier and your feet will absorb more oil, faster. So slather up those feet during cold season with your favourite immunity or sleep blend to hold off the sniffles!
I’m going to tell you MY REASONS which are not science or radical health claims.
Okay, so you have the sniffles and you want to rub some Peppermint oil onto your chest, because inhaling a stick is impossible while gloriously SLEEPING.
Who wants to roll over in the middle of the night and realise the oils have gone from chest….to sheets…to EYEBALLS. You get the point right?
While applying oils to your skin is common practice, slathering yourself up before bed means the transfer of the product onto your clothes. When you oil up your feet and pop some socks on…oily clothing crisis averted.
When I apply the oils to my child’s chest it’s usually followed by crankiness or curiosity. Between screaming and rubbing it off or tasting it, I prefer to just sneak some onto the feet and throw some socks onto the oily goodness. Then I let the oils do there magic under toasty warm socks.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick I like to bomb myself with oily goodness. The last thing I need is to wake up laying in an oily empire of greasy bed linen and hair that looks like the back of a chicken shop. While oil is great for hair, there is a balance to be achieved here. When I have the flu, there is no balance, only epic oily feet.
Most essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil. Two great carrier oils are Fractioned coconut oil and jojoba oil.
Depending on the blend you are mixing, the carrier oil is often up to 97% (3% essential oil) when using Pure oils like Doterra Essential Oil.