When I first started using essential oils I felt a little lost. I wasn’t exactly sure how to use them so I did some research and was surprised about what I found out. One of the best ways to apply essential oils was by applying them on the bottoms of the feet.
The bottoms of our feet have large pores so the essential oil molecules are able to get absorbed very quickly. Although essential oil massaged anywhere on the outside of your body will wind up on the inside, many aroma therapists believe the bottoms of your feet are especially beneficial to get them into your blood stream faster, possibly as quick as 20 seconds! Other quick-absorbing areas include behind the ear and on the wrists.
I love the smell of most essential oils but, let’s face it, there are some stinky ones we really don’t want to smell all day. I especially like to apply these ones on my feet because I can get the benefits without the constant smell. A great example is oregano. The smell is very strong; my son says it smells like spaghetti. I don’t want to smell like a bowl of spaghetti! Oregano’s benefits are HUGE-antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiseptic properties, this is a germ’s worst nightmare. This is one I like to dilute and put onto my feet.
Using essential oils on feet is also great for young children and people with sensitive skin. The soles of our feet have thick, durable skin and the essential oil has less risk of causing sensitivity. It is still recommended to dilute, actually diluting makes the oils not only go farther but also allows them to absorb quicker as well.
What Is Reflexology?
Ever heard of Reflexology? Reflexology involves applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. It is based on zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands. It is thought that reflexology effects a physical change to the body. So, the bottoms of our feet represent our entire body; no wonder it is recommended that we apply essential oils on feet. Combine reflexology with essential oil application and you will get even greater benefits!
So now you see why rubbing oils on your feet is a great way to reap the benefits of essential oils. I highly recommend before bedtime each night you apply essential oils with a relaxing foot massage, your feet deserve it, they held you up all day! Make sure to put sock on so the oils don’t get on your sheets. Also, make sure you are using high quality therapeutic grade oils so you will get the greatest effects.
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