One of the most effective ways to reap the natural healing benefits of essential oils is by applying them to the feet. But why the feet? A couple reasons in particular...
First, the soles of our feet have larger pores, allowing a better flow of the beneficial oils to the bloodstream. They are just 1 of 2 body parts that do not contain sebaceous glands. Sebum can be a barrier to oils entering the skin, and applying to the feet helps essential oils to avoid this barrier. The skin on the feet is also naturally less sensitive to reactions caused by oils & thus makes the perfect place to apply them.
Another huge plus comes from the benefits of reflexology. Reflexology is an ancient practice where practitioners apply pressure to certain areas of the feet. These specific points are all connected to body organs via nerve lines (each foot contains 7,200 nerve endings).
Pain relief, nerve stimulation, blood flow, migraine relief, and so much more can be achieved through reflexology. And in the absence of abnormalities, reflexology may be as effective for promoting better health and preventing illness, as it may be for relieving the symptoms of stress, injury and improving your mood.
Considering reflexology's vast history of health benefits, using essential oils on the feet can be a powerful way to reap the benefits on certain parts of the body.
Here are the top 5 essential oils for the practice of reflexology.