If you love essential oils, you probably have some of them at home. There are many essential oils on the market, each with its own unique smell and potential health benefits.
According to reflexologists, applying essential oils on your feet before bedtime provides a healthy sleep during the night. Moreover, they stimulate the sense of smell and have medicinal effects when absorbed.
In fact, the soles of the feet have 5 skin layers and no hair follicles. Therefore, the pores can quickly absorb the essential oil into the bloodstream. Apparently, its traces can be found throughout the body in less than 20 minutes. The palms and soles are the only body areas without sebaceous glands, which drastically improves the skin’s ability to absorb foreign materials.
Moreover, you have over 72000 nerve endings in your feet, and each one corresponds to a different area of the body. In fact, they have more sensitive nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body. Thus, makes it the ideal place to try out healthy essential oils.
When performing reflexology, the body organs and systems communicate to the body’s feet. For instance, the left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all of the organs while the right foot corresponds to the right side of the body. Reflexology maintains that the application of essential oils assists in healing the whole body.
Sometimes, essential oils are too concentrated and they should be diluted with a carrier oil, thus avoid swelling and irritations. Some great carrier oils are sweet almond, coconut, and jojoba oils, many suggest a 50/50 mix.
Also, since you’re applying the oil topically and not ingesting it, the active compounds go directly enter the bloodstream, instead of going through the digestive system.
Consult a naturopath about the most beneficial essential oil, in order to treat your health issue and gain most health benefits.
Here are some examples of what essential oils you can put on your feet:
- Thyme – Heals and deodorizes, great for athlete’s foot
- Peppermint – Cools, deodorizes, and relieve congestion
- Lemongrass – Relieves sore joints, also great for sweaty feet
- Rosemary – Boost mental activity and reduces pain
- Lavender – Improves sleep quality