Essential Oils on Feet: Why You Want To & How to Do it Properly

There are various methods that can be used when applying essential oils topically. Besides direct application, you can add them to lotions, use them for massage, or add them to your bath. One very popular location -- applying essential oils on feet!

There are various methods that can be used when applying essential oils topically. Besides direct application, you can add them to lotions, use them for massage, or add them to your bath. One very popular location -- applying essential oils on feet!

Why use essential oils on feet?

Why are the feet such a popular location for essential oils?

There are a few reasons it's a popular method:

  • Our feet have a thicker outer layer which means that irritation tends to be minimized -- so it's a great place for absorption with fewer irritations. This makes it a great place to use 'hot' oils like oregano (diluted, of course!).
  • The bottom of your feet (and your hands) don't contain sebaceous glands so there isn't any sebum to act as a barrier to quick absorption.
  • The feet are also porous and contain many nerve endings - so small essential oil particles can enter the body more quickly.

Of course, depending on what you're using those oils for - direct application might be a better option. A headache, for example, would be better served by applying the oils directly to your head. But, for a cold or a cough, we like to apply a few different oils to different parts of the body (the feet being one of those locations) to combat the illness.

Foot application can be one of the tools in your arsenal!

How to Apply Essential Oils to Feet

It's so, so simple to apply essential oils to your feet. Drip, dilute and rub them on. That's it.

Personally, I like to save the feet for 'hot' oils (still diluted!) or for those times I don't want or like the smell of the oil I'm using.

If you want to get more fancy with it, you can give the Vita Flex method a try!


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Vita Flex Method

Vita Flex means "vitality through the reflexes". In simple terms, it is a method of applying oils to specific locations on the feet that allow them to be carried along the neuro-electrical paths in our bodies (beware, science-ey words!). Besides diffusing, which is the quickest way for our bodies to absorb the properties of essential oils, the large pores on our feet allow essential oils to travel through our bodies at a very quick rate. While you can simply apply the oils to the specific areas on your feet, using the massage technique described below on the vita flex points on the feet can be helpful as well. Use the vita flex chart below to figure out where to apply essential oils.

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Rolling & Releasing

Another method used with the Vita Flex technique is the 'rolling & releasing' method. When the oil is applied to the feet you use a rolling motion with your fingers along the vita flex area. This is said to be the most effective form of vita flex use. Here's a quick video tutorial for rolling & releasing.

Vita Flex Points on the Hands

For those with highly sensitive or pain in their feet, or if you're just in a hurry, you can apply the oils to specific areas on your hands. There are vita flex points on the hands that correspond to various organs and body systems on the fingers and palm.

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Do you apply essential oils on your feet?

One other note -- there is plenty of debate about whether or not feet are actually a good location for applying essential oils. You'll find lots of people on either side of the fence. Personally, I do apply essential oils to our feet (especially during cold & flu season) and have found that we benefit from the application. So give it a try and see for yourself! 


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Tonia L

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