We have all heard about Reflexology a time or two. I never thought much of it until I saw a graphic that explained every little spot on the soles of your feet, hands and even ears, led to a specific spot in your body. Our bodies are complex as it is and then to add reflexology in the mix (If only you could see me rolling my eyes right now) gets a little overwhelming.
I went ahead and dug into it. I studied each area and what it led to. I’ve put it to the test with myself and my Guinea pig husband and adding Essential oils with it. Needless to say I am blown away.
If you know me, you know I always suggest applying your oils to the soles of your feet. Why do we rub essential oils on the soles of our feet? The practice of applying oils to the bottom of your feet is gaining in popularity, as it’s often combined with foot reflexology.
When using therapeutic grade essential oils, there are at least five important benefits of putting essential oils here.
🔹Oils delivered to the blood stream Faster Through The Bottom of your Feet.
🔹The pores are thicker on the sole of the foot and our legs act like straws sucking up the compounds quickly into the bloodstream. If applied all over the bottom of the foot, the oil can be detected in every cell of the body within 20 minutes!
🔹The soles of the feet and the palms of the hand are the only sites on our body without Sebaceous Glands.
Since Sebum is an oily substance it would actually further “shield” the body from absorption of anything. Since the palms and the soles do not secrete sebum, they are more ready to absorb oil. Do not want to apply oils on “sweaty” hands or feet. Dry them off first so that the EO is not repelled by the water.
Every nerve line in the body ends in the feet. According to research, each foot has 7,200 nerve endings. Did you know that? In most reflexology systems, the big toe represents the brain and head. The next two toes represent the eyes, and the next two toes represent the ears. The top third of the sole is our chest, the mid third is our stomach and digestive system… it can get very intricate, but is SO cool. No wonder we apply oils to our feet- our feet represent our entire body!
🔹Less Irritation and Sensitivities
Also, the safety is high when oils are administered on the bottom of the feet with a lower risk of skin irritation and sensitivities.
The skin on the soles of the feet are less sensitive than the skin throughout the rest of the body, allowing us to use even the “hotter” oils (oregano, thyme, citrus oils…) here without the need for dilution.
🔹They bypass the Liver.
When using the foot application, the oils will be bypassing the liver and will not accumulate there. Instead of being processed by the liver, the oils reach the lower bronchial capillaries via the circulator system and the entire organism unprocessed.
When our energy that is flowing constantly throughout our body gets congested or blocked, then there is a connection to health issues. And like I said, the reflex points (kind of like bookends) are our hands and feet. These can be massaged (AromaTouch hand technique!) and pushed with pressure to help release the energy blocks and congestion in the pathways.
When you add in specific essential oils, it can help to in so many more ways. I recommend to people to print off a reflexology foot chart. If you are having some digestive discomfort, take some DigestZen and massage it into that reflexology point on your foot (right above the heel)….same for your infants or small children!
Using essential oils on your feet is a very powerful way to use a part of reflexology, and it most often is misunderstood or underestimated.