Yet, despite being amazing for aromatherapy, these oils also offer other benefits as well.
According to reflexologists, essential oils can be applied to the feet at bedtime and ensure you get a healthy sleep during the night.
Apparently, the soles of the feet have 5 skin layers and no hair follicles. Therefore, the pores are particularly absorbent and quickly absorb the essential oil into the bloodstream.
Studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil is applied to the foot, its traces can be found throughout the body in less than 20 minutes.
This is due to the fact that the palms and soles are the only body areas without sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, which is an oily substance that protects and weakens the skin’s ability to absorb foreign materials.
Therefore, as the soles and palms lack these glands, they can easily absorb essential oils.
Moreover, the feet have 72,000 nerve endings each, which is more per square centimeter than any other body part. Due to this fact, for hundreds of years, the East Asian medicine has treated various diseases and illnesses by stimulating certain foot points.
Their traditional medicine believes that body organs and systems are linked through meridians of energy that end in the feet, hands, ears and face. This healing tradition is known as reflexology.
Reflexology maintains that the application of essential oils on the feet helps the properties of the oil to reach the body organs and systems and assist healing.
Sometimes, essential oils are too concentrated to be applied directly on the body, so you need to dilute them with water or coconut oil to lower the risk of swelling or irritations.
Yet, the skin on the feet is the least sensitive, so you can freely apply any kind of essential oil on the soles.
Plus, the topical use of essential oils helps the active compounds to directly enter the bloodstream, instead of going through the digestive system and the liver, when ingested.
You can consult a naturopath about the most beneficial essential oil to use in order to treat your health issue and gain most health benefits. Try applying it on your feet and experience quick health improvements!