We’ve been talking a lot about applying Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) topically recently, but it may come as a surprise that applying BCP to the soles of your feet can result in rapid absorption and a variety of possible advantages. Let’s look at the science underlying this and its possible benefits.
The Science of Foot Absorption:
The skin on the soles of our feet is unique compared to other parts of the body. It contains a higher concentration of sweat glands and lacks sebaceous glands, which produce oil. This means that the skin on our feet is more permeable, allowing for better absorption of substances applied topically. The concept of “foot absorption” has been recognised in various traditional practices, such as reflexology, where specific areas of the feet are believed to correspond to organs and body systems.
However, we always recommend oral administration as the primary and best method for taking your BCP. Although, we do suggest the foot absorption method for children and also if you dislike the taste of BCP. Or, if you just want that added boost!!
Benefits of Applying BCP to the Soles of Your Feet:
- Enhanced Absorption: The skin on the soles of your feet allows for efficient absorption of BCP into the bloodstream. From there, it can circulate throughout the body, potentially exerting its therapeutic effects.
- Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relief: BCP has been shown to exhibit potent anti-inflammatory properties by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Applying it to the feet may help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, making it beneficial for individuals dealing with conditions like arthritis, joint pain, or muscle soreness.
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction: The soles of the feet contain numerous nerve endings and acupressure points. By applying BCP, you may stimulate these points, leading to relaxation, stress reduction, and an overall sense of well-being. This effect can be particularly helpful for individuals seeking natural ways to manage anxiety and improve sleep quality.
- Antimicrobial Properties: BCP possesses antimicrobial properties, making it effective against certain bacteria and fungi. Applying it to the soles of your feet may help prevent or address foot-related issues, such as athlete’s foot or odour caused by bacterial growth.
How to Apply BCP to the Soles of Your Feet:
- Dilute the Oil if required: You can apply undiluted but, if you prefer, you can mix with a carrier oil like coconut, hemp seed or jojoba oils before applying it to your feet. A general guideline is to use a 1-2% dilution (1-2 drops of oil per teaspoon of carrier oil). You could even mix with a calming essential oil, such as lavender.
- Massage the Soles of Your Feet: Take a few drops of the BCP and massage it into the soles of your feet. Spend some time applying gentle pressure to acupressure points for enhanced benefits.
- Use Regularly and Mindfully: Consistency is key when it comes to natural remedies. Incorporate this practice into your daily routine, especially before bedtime, to reap the potential benefits fully. Pay attention to any changes in your body and adjust the frequency or concentration of the application as needed.
Exploring alternative approaches to health and wellness can often yield surprising benefits. Applying BCP to the soles of your feet can be an effective way to harness its potential therapeutic properties. The skin on the soles of your feet allows for absorption, facilitating its circulation throughout the body. From anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects to relaxation and stress reduction, BCP offers a holistic approach to improving well-being. As with any natural remedy, listen to your body’s response and adjust accordingly. So, why not give your feet the attention they deserve!?
Stay warm and I look forward to next week’s chat!
Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7084246/; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81181-z; https://abstraxtech.com/blogs/learn/7-beta-caryophyllene-health-benefits; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7412223/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7084246/; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03152578
Disclaimer: The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only. Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.