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If you’re on board the essential oils train, chances are you spritz and slather onto your pulse points like a pro. And maybe you even spread the air-and-mood-boosting love to your coworkers or co-inhabitants at home via your diffuser.
But there’s one place you don’t really see people applying their essential oils—and it happens to be (arguably) the best, most effective one: your feet.
According to the tenets of aromatherapy and Ayurveda, your feet are major absorption points—and giving them TLC can have a transformative effect on your overall well-being. “The thing is, people don’t really think about their feet when they’re applying their essential oils,” says Jessica Frandson, co-founder of Campo Beauty, a new line of natural essential oils.
“People don’t really think about their feet when they’re applying their essential oils.”
It’s true—chances are you’re not regularly taking off your shoes mid-workday to dab on some uplifting oil to your foot when you’re stressed. But it’s certainly doable in the a.m., post-shower, or as something to incorporate into your nighttime routine (just think of how nice it would be to have the scent of rose drifting from your feet as opposed to your beat-up sneakers).
And there are legit reasons to apply it to your soles—besides the fact that it gives you (or your S.O.) an excuse to massage your feet.
Though there are no scientific studies that specifically look at the benefits of applying essential oils to your feet, it’s something you’ll find Ayurvedic practitioners recommending as well. “It’s one of the fastest ways to absorb the oil,” says Trudy Collings of Paavani Ayurveda. “If you’re having trouble falling asleep, we always recommend applying calming essential oils like lavender or Jatamansi to the soles of the feet or frankincense to keep you healthy.” Anyone else itching to take their socks off?
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