Essential oils have amazing health benefits and also have potent relaxing and calming characteristics. Therefore, they’re often used in aromatherapy, but they have so many other uses as well. Reflexologists claim that essential oils can help you fall asleep easier if you apply them onto the feet.
Namely, it appears that the soles have 5 skin layers and no hair follicles. So, the pores are very absorbent and take in the essential oil into the bloodstream. According to studies, when the essential oil is applied onto the feet, its traces can be found in the body after 20 minutes. The soles and the palms are the only body parts that don’t have sebaceous glands which produce sebum-an oily substance which protects and weakens the ability of the skin to absorb foreign materials.
The feet have around 72000 nerve endings each, which is more than in any other body part. So, for hundreds of years, East Asian medicine has treated a lot of diseases through the stimulation of certain foot points. According to ancient Asian medicine, the organs and systems in our bodies are connected through meridians of energy that end in the hands, feet, ears, and face.
This practice is known as reflexology and according to it, the application of essential oils on the feet assists healing by reaching the body organs and systems. However, since essential oils can be too concentrated, you should dilute them with water or coconut water prior to application. But, the skin on the feet is the least sensitive area so there is no need of diluting the essential oil for this body part.
You can always consult a naturopath to find out which essential oils are the most beneficial for your specific health problem.