For thousands of years, cultures across the world have recognized the therapeutic value of essential oils. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs were mummified using essential oils of cinnamon, frankincense and myrrh. The Bible makes repeated reference to essential oils. Archaeologists have found compelling evidence of essential oil use in ancient Greece and Rome. Suffice it to say that mankind has a long and beneficial relationship with essential oils.
But while essential oils have been used in the Western world for many years as aromatherapy treatment, their topical use is a very recent development. With increasing access to quality therapeutic-grade essential oils, many people now apply these powerful compounds directly to their skin.
And the most effective place to put essential oils on your body? The soles of your feet!
The soles of our feet have much larger pores than the rest of our body. This means they act a little like oversized straws, sucking up the health-giving compounds in the oils and quickly feeding them into our bloodstream. When applied to the larger pores of your foot soles, these oils can pass through the epidermis into your body and begin working their magic faster and more efficiently.
The skin on the soles of our feet is much less sensitive because the bottom of our feet are designed to take their fair share of abuse. This means that many people who might experience irritation when they apply certain essential oils to other parts of their body often don’t have any issues when they apply the same oils to their feet. The lower sensitivity means you can often apply essential oils undiluted. It also makes a great location to apply “hot” oils like oregano or peppermint, which can sometimes cause issues for people elsewhere.
Along with the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet are the only part of your body which don’t contain sebaceous glands. Sebum essentially acts as a barrier. For this reason, it can act as an impediment to the essential oils which you want to absorb into your body.
According to the ancient practice of reflexology, every nerve line in the body ends in your feet. Specialists in reflexology maintain that certain areas of the feet correspond to the body’s organs. Thus by applying essential oils to your feet, it’s possible that these oils may have a stronger, more beneficial effect on certain areas of the body.
Unfortunately, with essential oils, there’s no “one size fits all.” Different oils provide varied health benefits, meaning you need to have a good idea of the medicinal properties of the original plant to ascertain how it can be used to benefit your own health.
Lavender essential oil is a favorite of many, it is good to have a bottle of it handy. Lavender oil can relax your mind and body, help your sleep, lower inflammation, speed healing and alleviate discomfort.
When used correctly, oregano essential oil can be a powerful medicinal ally, as it is antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Use oregano oil to treat fungal infections, intestinal parasites, joint discomfort, sprains, and bruises. To avoid skin irritation, Oregano and Peppermint Oil, need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut, olive, castor or avocado. Applying peppermint oil to tired feet can provide a soothing and relaxing effect.
Lemon essential oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. Lemon oil can also be used to stimulate lymphatic drainage and improve digestive capacity. Studies even show that lemon essential oil can have positive neurological effects, including significantly reducing anxiety.
You can make your own blends using these essential oils for your feet.
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