Reflexology was introduced in the United States around 1913; however, it has been used in other cultures for centuries. I love to use feet reflexology points when using essential oils topically. Massaging the oil of choice into areas of the foot that coincide with the body system you are trying to support can make them even more effective. The theory behind reflexology is that applying pressure to certain areas of the feet can affect other parts of the body. Every nerve in your body is thought to connect to your feet, so you can think of these nerves as highways that conduct the oils throughout your body.
Why Apply Essential Oils To The Feet
The pores on your feet are some of the largest on your body, so applying essential oils to the feet helps them absorb rapidly. Your feet also are not sensitive, so it’s a good place to first apply an essential oil to check for skin sensitivity. Your feet (and also your hands) don’t contain sebaceous glands, allowing the oils to more easily be absorbed. We often put our desired oils on the breakfast table, and on our night stand for easy use. We swipe an immune support oil on our feet while eating breakfast, and prior to putting our socks on. We swipe a relaxing oil on our feet after we hop into bed to help us get a restful night’s sleep. Another reason to apply oils to the feet, is if you don’t care for the scent. You can still get the topical benefits without smelling the oil!
Dilution Of Essential Oils
Some oils such as Oregano, Lemongrass and Cassia are known as “hot oils” and always need to be diluted. Oils with an “S” rating topically should be diluted for children, the elderly and those with sensitive skin. Peppermint, Bergamot and Ginger essential oils fall into this “sensitive” category; however, I always recommend diluting an oil when you are first using it and for kids, the elderly and pets. “Neat” is the third category and means the oil can be applied directly to the skin without dilution. Lavender, Frankincense and Wild Orange all carry the label neat. Wild Orange (like all citrus oils) is photosensitive, and you should avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after topical use.
Honestly, I typically just roll an oil all around my feet and call it good. However, if I am looking to support something in particular I will look up the reflexology point. It seems like customers most often ask me about the stomach points for tummy issues. I also use the big toe for “brain” support often as well, especially when I am trying to concentrate to get my work done. I like to gently massage an oil in a circular motion over the area. Even better is when someone gives me a foot massage with essential oils!
Hugs & Health – Michelle