Diffusing essential oils for sleep is very popular, but did you know that applying oils topically, also known as on the skin, can also help support sleep as well. One popular technique, that is very similar to acupressure and reflexology, is called the Vita Flex Technique.
The Vita Flex Technique, which means vitality through the reflexes, is a specialized form of hand or foot massage. It was established thousands of years ago in Tibet and was perfected in the Western medicine in the 60’s by Stanley Burroughs. It has been found that when you apply pressure and essential oils to certain parts of the feet or hands, it releases energy and sends an electric impulse to the corresponding body part.
Essential oils can be used to help support specific areas of the body along with this Vita Flex technique. In the foot, the two big toes connect to the brain. Essential oils like Lavender, Valerian, Goldenrod, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile and many others, when properly diluted, can be applied to the big toe. This is turn connects to your brain and can help promote a restful night’s sleep.
You can combine the Vita Flex Technique with diffusing to help you go to sleep and stay asleep!
Applying oils to the feet is not only the safest way to introduce essential oils to your child, but you can target more specific areas that need support. A simple google search of Vita Flex Technique will show you the points that target different body systems in the feet. If your child is having difficulty sleeping due to a cold or congestion, applying essential oils via Vita Flex to the middle of the feet can help support the respiratory system which in turn will help for an easier night’s sleep.
Janelle is a momma of two and a RN at a local hospital! She has been using Young Living Essential Oils for almost three years and loves educating on how they can support your health and wellness. If you would like to learn more about Essential Oils contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook at janelle.stoltzfus.onedroptowellness.