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Essential oils on the feet
Posted on: February 29, 2016

I get asked about using essential oils on the feet occasionally. Sometimes it’s from a long time customer, they’ve had a conversation with someone or read something and want my opinion. Sometimes it’s a new customer and they ask about how to use the essential oils, ‘Should I put them on the soles of my feet?’  I don’t have a canned answer for that, I usually ask why they are planning to use the eo’s that way and the conversation starts there.

I suspect that there’s a few things that support this idea and keep it going around.

  • Babies and children

First and most alarming is the idea that applying essential oils to the soles of the feet is safer for babies and small children. It’s not. Don’t do that. If you want to treat your infant or toddler use hydrosols in their body and essential oils in a diffusor.

  • Spirituality and energy

There’s something about our feet; they carry us around in this life and in this body and they’re a tool and a way to get grounded – there’s lots of promotion about getting barefoot and connecting with the earth for our mental health, walking barefoot as meditation and restoration. Feet and heads get ritually anointed and washed. Shoes are removed before entering homes so the wearer doesn’t track in dirt or unwanted energy.

  • The refloxology error

I understand reflexology to be a therapy involving applying pressure to points on the hands and feet within the reflex maps of the body on the hands and feet. The pressure is the thing in reflexology, the therapists’ fingers and thumb should not be encouraged to glide and slip. There may be some complimentary therapy that applies essential oils to those points, but that’s not reflexology – maybe it’s a named therapy, maybe not. The pressure applied during a foot massage feels great, but that’s not quite the same thing as reflexology.

  • The pores on the soles of your feet are larger

Well… feet have more sweat glands per square centimeter than the rest of your skin. But that’s a sweat gland, not a pore. Sweat glands sweat, they don’t absorb. If you could get drunk by soaking your feet in Everclear, someone would be doing it. Essential oils aren’t water soluble, they couldn’t really use this avenue to enter the body. A pore is a hair and a sebaceous gland and you don’t have any on the soles of your feet. There is some evidence that essential oils are able to get through the skin via sebaceous glands. By the way, the highest rates of essential oil absorption are through female breast and leg when delivered with ethanol or acetone.


Essential oils are quickly and best absorbed when inhaled.

Essential oils are more effective when diluted. Diluted in a base oil for a massage, in a gel for a burn or fresh wound or in clays or other fine powdered material to treat athletes foot or insect control when an oil is not practical.

Sensitization is a genuine concern, it does happen. Using essential oils undiluted essential oils increases your risk of developing a sensitization.

Reasons to use a diffusor
Posted on: February 24, 2016
  1. For increased relaxation and improved sleep.

You need to know what causes your sleeplessness to get rid of it completely, but essential oils can help you relax and let you sleep. There’s some association at work with a smell being relaxing, be sure to choose one that you like and think will work for you. There’s some chemistry involved in selecting one for relaxation. Essential oils high in Esters tend to be sedative and anti-spasmodic. Check out this blog post if you are interested in reading more about the chemistry of essential oils

True Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Geranium essential oils are some suggestions. These can be diffused in the bedroom using a diffusor with a timer or while getting ready for bed.


  1. To wake up!

Essential oils can perk up your brain too. Using a blend of oils when working at a specific task – writing or bookkeeping for example, can help you focus on the work. Using a blend while you study and having the blend available when you test can help your recall of information.

Dill, Rosemary and Basil essential oils are good choices. The Citrus oils work well for most people with the exception of Mandarin.


  1. To repel insects.

Use a diffusor at the open patio door to deter flies and mosquitos from coming in. Sometimes there’s so much in and out and the door is open for too long.

Eucalyptus citriodora is the best choice. Some people think it’s not very pleasant and may prefer Citronella or Lemongrass, bear in mind that they smell similar.

Ants and spiders that creep in through cracks can be deterred with Peppermint essential oil. Putting drops at the point of entry can make them head somewhere else, sometimes you need to chase them around a bit.


  1. Diffusing essential oils is safer than candles or air fresheners.

I love a candle and am picky as he## about them, but all candles have an open flame. Some candles have lead in the wick rather than pure cotton or hemp wicks. Not all candles are made of beeswax and are usually scented with synthetics. Air fresheners are just chemicals; known carcinogens and irritants and endocrine disruptors.

There are endless combinations for you to use just to scent your environment.


  1. Because you have a headache.

You can diffuse a blend for stress related headaches. Sitting still, getting comfortable and inhaling a custom diffusor blend for just a few minutes can relieve most tension headaches. Similar to treating sleeplessness, you are better able to treat recurring headaches if you know the cause.

Diluting more expensive oils like Neroli and German Chamomile to the less expensive Ylang or Bois de Rose essential oils are good beginning blends.


  1. To prevent a respiratory illness.

Diffusing essential oils during cold and flu season is a reasonable prevention and something to add to your arsenal if someone in your home is sick. I run the diffusor for them when they’re sick of course, but I’m also thinking about me when I fill it and plug it in. Some essential oils significantly inhibit the growth of specific bacteria and viruses.

Cinnamon leaf, Clove, Eucalyptus and Savory essential oils all show high suppression of bacteria growth. Citronella, Geranium, Basil, Frankincense and Cypress essential oils are anti-viral. Because we’re never totally sure, Valnet Blend is my go-to when someone is sick at home.


and lastly….  Because you don’t have to apply essential oils to the body to use them!


Diffusors are pretty mainstream nowadays. There are many types available, inexpensive to very high end. Consider whether the essential oils will come in contact with plastic on the model you are considering, you’ll never get that plastic clean of the oil and the oils are solvents and will ultimately degrade plastic. You can get them from Emily’s oils, of course. Click here.

5 ml bottleRoom model diffusor

What do you think you know about that Lavender?
Posted on: February 19, 2016

Lavender essential oil is well known and very common. It’s not all the same and it’s not necessarily interchangeable.

True Lavenders, the Lavandula officinalis, vera and angustifolia are small plants that can be kind of picky about their growing conditions and they don’t give a lot of oil.

Spike Lavenders, Lavandula spica, are more tolerant of their growing conditions and are bigger oil producers.

People have been manipulating these two big groups of Lavandula for form, production and chemistry for a long time. There are many subspecies and cultivars among both groups and since about 1920 hybrids are also available. These hybrids are identified by an X in their botanical name like this – Lavandula  X  spica , or by the word intermedia. They’ve got traits from both parents and tend toward lots of bloom and lots of oil.

This means there is a lot of Lavender essential oil out there for sale. It’s not all the same and it’s not necessarily interchangeable.

Here’s where it matters, the chemistry. This is the smallest bit of broad brush stroke chemistry to show that.

Essential oil of true Lavender tends to be something like @50% esters and @50% alcohols (linalool). Alcohols are well tolerated, generally nontoxic and non irritating. They’re used to reduce stress, help you sleep and because they’re antispasmodic. Esters are strong fungicides and are antispasmodic in varying degrees and tend to be pleasant smelling and soothing.

The Spike Lavenders produce essential oil that can be @70% camphor and @30% oxides. Although oxides certainly have a use in aromatherapy because they’re expectorant and mucolytic, they can be irritating to the skin and that’s not a suitable substitute for the esters and alcohols in that other Lavender. Camphor has its place in therapy as well; it’s an analgesic, a mucolytic and can stimulate tissue growth and help with scar and wound healing, but camphor can also cause convulsions and is an irritant to mucous membranes and when applied topically, again – not a suitable substitute for that other Lavender with about 50% esters (linalyl acetate) that made it sedative, anti spasmodic and anti inflammatory.

The hybrids produce an essential oil that tends to be within the @45% alcohol (linalool) and @30% esters. These percentages allow for a lot of variation.

I admit, I’m a total snob about oils and scents and I’m suspicious of a bottle just labeled Lavender. If you like how a bottle of Lavender eo smells and that’s all you’re using it for, that’s fine. If you’re using it for some other applications there’s some chemistry to consider.


If you’re interested in reading a  bit more about some essential oil chemistry click here






5 oils you should put on your face
Posted on: February 15, 2016

Clean your face with oil!
You shouldn’t strip your own skin oils from your face. Your skin produces it and needs it. Cleaning your face with oil is not new or wild or strange at all. There are many products available that are mostly oil marketed just for this. Do a bit of research and you will quickly find some very high-end products that are cleansing oils.

Like dissolves like, an oil cleanser removes makeup and that layer of oil and dirt you do want to remove. Start with about a teaspoon in you palm and massage into dry skin. Relax and take your time. The oil is a solvent and you need to let it do it’s thing, hum the refrain from your favorite song or repeat your affirmation a few times. Fill the sink with hot water, submerge a washcloth and hold it to your face until it cools. Repeat and gently massage and rinse and repeat a few times. If you’re trying this for the first time, give it some time – just like you would with any new regimen. Make adjustments to your oil blend, someone may think a blend is great and it’s just not for you.

Which carrier oils should you consider using?

Jojoba oil is readily available and inexpensive. It doesn’t go rancid and has very little if any detectable scent. You can use it alone or with the addition of other base oils. Jojoba mimics our skins own oil and it’s an anti-oxidant.

Tocopherols, omega 3 and omega 6, and antioxidants make Red Raspberry Seed oil a neutraceutical. It’s full of god things for you skin and can be taken internally as well. I do think it is best used as 10-20% of your oil blend, it makes my skin a little flaky. RRS is bright orange and is fragrant.

This product is nearly clear and colorless with a blank inert smell. Hazelnut oil is astringent and is a carrier oil of choice for many facial oil blends. Hazelnut oil absorbs very quickly. Hazelnut oil is around 68% oleic acid and 18% linoleic acid.

  • Tamanu oil

Tamanu Oil has been traditionally used to heal wounds. It is a germicide and helps to prevent infection. Tamanu accelerates healing and new tissue growth. It’s an anti-inflammatory as well. Tamanu oil does have a strong aroma.

  • Apricot Oil

Apricot oil is a good place to start, it is light and clean smelling and a good choice for most skin types.


If you would like to add an essential oil to your cleansing oil I suggest no more than 25 drops in an ounce of carrier oil. Do a bit of research and find something you’d like to add. Something for aging skin or sun damage or something just for the smell of it.