AmyGalper

As we race through the crazy pace of our daily lives, taking care of ourselves can sometimes feel like a luxury. But what if a simple practice like massaging your feet with essential oils could be a game-changer for your health, especially when you’re feeling a bit under the weather?

Let’s start with the basics – our feet are like the foundation of a house. They do more than just help us walk; they’re connected to the overall health of our entire body. When we’re on the brink of getting sick, giving some love to our feet can actually make a big difference.

And one way to give love to your feet is to massage them. Here is a quick rundown of the world of foot massages and essential oils, so it’s easy to understand and fun to try. 

Massaging our feet matters for staying healthy because our feet are connected to the well-being of our whole body. When we give our feet a massage, it improves blood circulation, reduces tension, and promotes relaxation. This isn’t just good for our feet—it has a positive impact on our entire health. Foot massage also stimulates certain pressure points that are linked to different organs, helping to balance our body’s systems. Plus, when we take care of our feet, it can boost our immune system, making it easier for our body to fight off sickness. So, in simple terms, massaging our feet is like giving our body a friendly tune-up, keeping everything running smoothly and making us feel better overall.

Here is a list of my top 5 essential oils for feet –  to fortify your resilience and soothe away common aches.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flower tops of the lavender herb-like bush.  The essential oil is loaded with molecules that have been shown to reduce inflammation, ease away muscles aches and pain and soothe physical discomfort.  Plus its aroma is very calming to our mind.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil  is steam distilled from the leaves of the common culinary herb that most use in cooking.  This essential oil is made up of molecules that have been shown to support circulation, ease away muscle aches and pain, and promote overall health and wellbeing. 

Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) Essential Oil  is steam distilled from the dried buds of the clove tree.  The essential oil has been shown to soothe away pain, support staying healthy and encourage a warm feeling in the body that can help with improving circulation. 

Black Pepper (Piperita nigrum) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the dried peppercorns from the peppercorn tree. It shares many therapeutic properties with Clove in that it is also warming and soothing to body aches and pains, while also improving circulation and protecting us from getting sick.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the spearmint leaves which are a common herb used in cooking and tea making.  The essential oil is loaded with molecules that soothe inflammation, and ease the feeling of tight stiff muscles.  It also shares aromatherapeutic properties of protection, resilience and fortification.

Read below for my DIY Foot Massage Oil Recipe that features a powerful and effective combination of the above 5 essential oils for feet

This recipe makes 1 one ounce bottle for a total of about 28 grams.

What you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 25 grams (approximately 5 teaspoons) of Jojoba Oil
  • 1 gram ( approximately 20 drops) of Vitamin E Oil
  • 7 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 5 drops of Spearmint Oil
  • 4 drops of Black Pepper Oil
  • 3 drops of Clove Oil
  • 4 drops of Rosemary Oil

Steps:

  • Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean.  That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter.  Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Set out your digital scale and all other blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
  • Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
  • Using your small digital scale, and measuring spoons, start measuring out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or measuring cup, until you have every ingredient laid out in front of you.
  • Pour all ingredients into one of your empty beakers or glass measuring cups, and stir thoroughly using your small mini whisk, or other mixing tool.
  • Once everything is well combined, carefully pour the mixture into your empty glass bottles and cap with the pump closure.
  • Make up a name for your DIY Foot Massage Oil, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach it to the bottle.
  • Use as often as needed!

What are the benefits of using a DIY Foot massage oil made with essential oils?

Using a massage oil made with essential oils can offer a range of benefits for massaging sore feet. Here are five key advantages that show how to use essential oils on the feet.

1. Muscle Relaxation: Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and marjoram possess natural muscle relaxant properties. When massaged onto the affected area, these oils can help soothe tense muscles, reduce muscle spasms, and promote relaxation. This can lead to quick relief from the discomfort of sore feet.

2. Improved Circulation: Certain essential oils, such as ginger, rosemary, and cypress, have properties that can enhance blood circulation. Improved circulation helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, aiding in overall wellbeing and reducing foot pain.

3. Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help alleviate inflammation in the muscles and surrounding tissues. Reduced inflammation can lead to decreased discomfort associated with sore feet.

4. Boosting Resilience: Essential oils are made up of a wide array of different molecules that each have different therapeutic properties.  And many of the properties have this capacity to support our own innate ability to protect us against infection and illness by strengthening how we fortify ourselves.  Using essential oils with this intention can keep us healthier when everyone around us is getting sick!

5. Aromatherapy Benefits: Aromatherapy itself can have a positive impact on stress management. Inhaling the pleasant scents of essential oils during a massage session can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural stress relievers, and create a sense of emotional well-being that can subsequently keep us healthier and feeling stronger and more resilient.

Conclusion

When creating a massage oil blend for our feet, it’s essential to dilute the essential oils properly with a carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil) to ensure safe application. Mixing a few drops of the chosen essential oils with the carrier oil creates a potent yet gentle solution that can be massaged onto the affected area. 

Always perform a patch test and consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have allergies or pre-existing medical conditions.

By harnessing the power of essential oils in a foot massage, you’re not only targeting the physical aspects of soothing sore feet but also creating a holistic and strengthening experience that can keep you healthy and protected.

Want to learn more about using essential oils? I have an online course called: Aromatherapy in Action!

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