Discover why applying essential oils to your feet have a positive impact physically, mentally and emotionally.

Our senses play a huge role in our daily lives. However, we don’t appreciate them ‘till we feel unwell, just like with a blocked nose. Each sense is powerful and unique; each provides a safety net for both our body and mind. They help us release oxytocin, reducing our heart rate and decreasing stress levels. 
 
In this Blog we are going to explore how to engage the senses of smell and touch to promote general wellbeing and specifically targeting our feet. We are going to discover how much we can do by applying essential oils on the bottom of our feet to be able to show them when we are out and about in summer.

Our feet are an AMAZING part of our body. They are underappreciated and undiscovered in many regards. When we apply essential oils to the bottom of our feet, we’re actually doing ourselves a big favour, in a big way. 

The feet are very valuable in aromatherapy. This is partly because they have important reflex points, which affect every area and organs of the body. Additionally, the skin of the feet is particularly good at absorbing essential oils.
 
In a classic experiment, oil of garlic was rubbed on the feet of a volunteer. Ten minutes later, the garlic could be measured in his exhaled breath. Garlic is a very volatile oil, so absorption was rapidly demonstrated, but the same thing happens with any other essential oil sooner or later.
 

  

The skin on the sole of the feet are like sponges => Big Pores… No Hair.

 
The pores found on the bottom of your feet are particularly absorbent and can quickly pull the essential oils into the bloodstream. There are no hair follicles to slow down the absorption of the essential oil, plus there are at least 72,000 nerve endings. Anything you rub into the sole of the feet will be into the rest of the body in 20 minutes. 
 
Another way of getting oils into the body quickly is by footbaths, which is also the best way to start caring for your feet. In general, footbaths are very helpful in situations where a full aromatic bath will not be practical. For example a footbath is ideal when treating elderly or less mobile people, or for people living in flats with a shower but no bath. 
 

Let’s share tips to better the appearance of the feet by adding oils that can help with tired swollen feet, encourage a better night’s sleep, boost immunity, and triggering calming feelings:

The main cause of hard skin, or “foot callus” on the soles of our feet is intermittent pressure. This means that for anyone who moves is likely to experience foot calluses at some point during their life. For people that move more – such as runners, hikers and long-commuters – foot calluses become even more probable. And of course weight, or having flat feet or high arches, has an impact too. 

Cracked heels are perhaps the most unpleasant of all. They occur when heels become dry, hard and rigid. When pressure is put on the feet, the skin can’t give or expand, which causes it to crack. It may be caused by the lack of moisturisers, over-long baths or scrubbing feet dry. 

Whilst the removal of corns is best left to a doctor, cracked heels and calluses can be treated at home. You don’t have to go to a beauty salon to give your feet some Tender Loving Care. 

 

All treatments starts with a foot soak:

 

This helps to soften the skin and make it easier to remove the hard bits. Additional ingredients can be added to the warm water to make it even more effective at softening feet.

 

Consider warm water and:

• The juice of a lemon – citric acid aids in the removal of dead skin cells

• A generous sprinkling of Epsom salts – great skin healing properties

• Baking soda, or 

• Avocado, Calendula, Coconut carrier oils or honey are all known for their natural moisturizing benefits.

Once you have chosen your the carrier oils for the soak, you can add some essential oils, otherwise they don’t mix with water: 

I can help you with blends for tired feet, swelling of the ankles, Athlete’s Foot or Gout.

 

 

Removing hard skin: 

Post foot-soak, the hard skin should be softer and much easier to remove. Grab a pumice stone or foot file and rub it over the soles of your feet in circular motions. Scrub away until the skin feels soft and smooth. If at any time your feet become sore or sensitive, stop.

 

Unpleasant cracked heels: 

 

DIY foot ‘masks’ will be able to penetrate deep into cracks and fissures and give them the nourishment they need.  Here are some natural, at-home treatments to achieve smooth feet:

 

• Oatmeal – mix 1 tbsp of oatmeal with a few drops of jojoba oil and massage onto feet. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing and drying with a towel.

 

• Balms with essential oils – slather the substance onto feet, being sure to massage it well into cracked heels. Tie a bag around each foot and leave to soak for an hour.

 

I know doing this is more time-consuming than a simple rub, but for the people with very deep cracks these really work. You can alternate both methods untill they are healed and then you just maintain the skin with rich moisturising creams.

 

Re-nourishing:  

 

Now all that nasty dry skin has been removed and cracked heels have been treated, it’s time to apply a generous layer of moisture to soothe and soften the newly exposed cells. 

 

Foot cream are much richer than body moisturisers, so they can penetrate the generally thicker skin more effectively. I use carriers oil which are highly moisturising and essential oils based on the client health goals. If they need more energy, Peppermint; or a better night’s sleep, Melissa; or to strengthen immunity, Thyme or Lemon. To reduce anxious feelings, Frankincense, Spikenard, Palo Santo, Vetiver are the most suitable.

 

Additional Products:

 

  • Hydrolats with Rosemary and Fennel to spray over tired feet; 
  • Hydrolats of Peppermint and Clary sage to spray over sweaty feet; 
  • Powder for athlete’s foot: 50 grs organic corn flour in a shaken bottle, cotton balls with essential oils on them. (six months’ shelf life.) Shake well to infuse the flour with the oils and apply. I prefer to use Melaleuca and Oregano.                                                                          

Tired feet and no time for a foot bath? And you used those new sandals… why not revitalise your feet and yourself with this home-made scrub: 1/2 cup of  brown sugar: ideal ingredient to gently exfoliate dry feet, plus 60 ml oil of your choice like Olive, Almond or  Coconut Oil plus 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, a quick me up! 

 

Gently rub the scrub onto wet skin in a circular motion. The oil in the foot scrub will help rehydrate your feet and lock moisture in. Rinse and pat dry. Freshen them up with hydrolats and leave the creams for night time.

 

 

These are simple, do-able tips to give your feet some TLC after a long winter inside the shoes….They are practical and effective – a great way to pamper your feet and feel great as a result – plus you get your choice of added Health Benefits!

 

                       

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