INTRODUCTION TO CBD REFLEXOLOGY
What is reflexology?
In plain terms, Reflexology is what is known as complementary, or touch therapy.
Reflexology works in a similar way to acupressure and acupuncture. By pressing and massaging certain points on the feet, hands and ears it can stimulate energy pathways in the body.
Our bodies have ten reflex zones with five on each side. Each zone is represented by a point on your foot or hand. Reflexologists use these points to help regulate the body and help make it more efficient.
Use of CBD oil and Reflexology – Many Reflexologists and their clients recognise the benefits of massaging with CBD oil; its anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to help mitigate pain.
How? A massage using CBD oil reduces pain through the body’s endocannabinoid system and help support the body’s inflammatory response.
The endocannabinoid system is a complex biological system found in the human body. There are three components to the endocannabinoid system ie: receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids.
There are two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are responsible for governing coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other functions.
CB2 receptors are found in the peripheral nervous system;especially immune cells.
Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body. They are similar to cannabinoids but they are produced by your body to help keep internal functions running smoothly.
Enzymes are responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoids once they have carried out their function.
How best to use CBD as massage oil – if you’re feeling a bit experimental and want to make your own… like most homemade massage oils, CBD massage oil needs a carrier oil. When choosing a carrier oil, it is all about personal preference.Many prefer to use fractionated coconut oil (one that does not solidify). Also popular are jojoba oil, almond oil avocado oil and even olive oil!
Things to take into account when choosing a carrier oil:
- Aroma: Some carrier oils have a distinctive aroma of their own.
- Absorption: Your skin can absorb some carrier oils better than others.
- Skin-type: Depending on your skin type, some oils may irritate skin so do a patch-test first.
- Shelf life: Some carrier oils can be stored for longer periods than others without going rancid.
What kind of CBD oil is best? Gold oil – as the name suggests, is yellow in colour and is the most highly refined and highly concentrated CBD oil on the market. If you want a high potency CBD massage oil, this is the oil to use. While this is the best oil to use in CBD massage oil, it is the most expensive option.
Raw CBD oil on the other hand is dark green in colour and rich in beneficial terpenes.
To enhance the overall aroma, you could add essential oils such as lavender, pine, jasmine, patchouli; again, a personal preference.
How much CBD to carrier oil? Well that is dependent from person to person and doses can also vary between men and women due to their hormonal make-up. It is suggested however that you always start on a low dose and a low strength. For most 10-15 mg of CBD gives the desired effect. Suggested video below:
As with all things CBD, please do research and if you have any medical conditions, or in doubt, always seek medical advice before use.