The Barefoot Dragonfly

The Barefoot Dragonfly is your destination for whole-body healing, profound relaxation, and wellness education.

The Barefoot Dragonfly was founded in June 2004 by Amy Kreydin, a Nationally Board-Certified Reflexologist (ARCB) and Clinically-Trained Aromatherapist (CCAP). Amy offers private sessions and consults by appointment Monday through Friday. She also offers certificate training in Reflexology and Aromatherapy here in the Austin, Texas studio.

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 01/03/2024

The entryway got a New Year glow up and is giving some seriously cozy vibes on this rainy morning. ☔

High humidity can be a breeding ground for bioaerosols, like mold and bacteria, as well as encouraging a higher rate of off-gassing of furnishings and building materials. 🤢

Air cleaning plants like this Sansevieria, Ficus elastica, and Philodendron micans can draw in volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene into their pores and sequester these toxins in their soil. 🌱

Under the entry table is a Corsi-Rosenthal box fan cleaner to capture dust, dander, pollen, bacteria, viruses, and mold spores that the plants can't tackle. 🫁

Would you be interested in an indoor air quality de-tox challenge this season? 🤔

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 11/28/2023

Harvested the last of the lion's mane this morning so it was time to clean, disinfect, and start a new grow block, y'all!

I wear an N95 when working with mushroom grow blocks because fungus-lung just doesn't have an amazing ring to it! 😉

My portable X-one ultraviolet cleaner (222nm) is just the thing to ensure I don't have rogue fungi or bacteria hanging out in the grow tent that could infect the new block. 🧫

This new grow block is from the folks at and is their Nameko (Pholiota microspora) spawn in their substrate. Nameko mushrooms are used to thicken soups and stocks, iare high in beta glucans that support a healthy immune system, and intriguingly have been found to help remove radiation ☢️ from polluted soil around Fukushima! 😯

Foot Reflexology Found to Ease Pain in Infants 11/16/2023

Look what Turkish researchers found! Infants who received a 20-30 minute foot reflexology treatment in their parents' arms prior to an immunization experienced reduced heart rate, higher oxygen saturation, and a reduction in the crying period compared to the control group. Bring baby for an appointment and I'll show you some techniques to bring ease and comfort for the furniture head bonks, teething, tummy aches, and sleepless nights! 👣👶

Foot Reflexology Found to Ease Pain in Infants To complement the Research Reports in the August 2016 print edition of MASSAGE Magazine. Infants who received one session of foot reflexology, lasting around 20 to 30 minutes, immediately befo…


☀️ Sunshine in a bottle! ☀️ This Firey Oxymel, aka Fire Cider, is just the thing for the latest round of allergies. 🤧

This batch was a collaboration with the lovely Sarah from Lisa's honey pharmacy workshop

I've been making fire cider since the 90s and this is my favorite batch by far. 😍 Do you need a bottle?


👣 Ya' ever feel like by the time autumn rolls around your feet are looking like you've been on a barefoot trek across middle earth to Mordor and back? 😂

For around $3 you can soothe and moisturize your feet while also encouraging those callused layers of dead skin to slough off in the shower.

Now, don't be surprised when your entire foot starts peeling! 😳 It's not athlete's fungus or anything scary but you're gonna look like a lizard shedding her skin for a couple weeks. 🦎

This stuff works better than all the pumice stones I have and is much safer than a cheese grater or razor at the nail place. I especially love it for those of us who have a hard time reaching our toes due to baby bumps, arthritis, crotchety spines, cranky knees, or chronic fatigue.

Comment which hobbit fits you best! 🦶


Ever wonder why your reflexologist spends so much time on your big toe? The big toe, aka hallux, has two bones - the nail is on the distal bone and the neck of the toe is the proximal bone. This proximal bone mirrors the cervical spine and everything within the neck region - esophagus, trachea, spinal cord, vertebrae, thyroid, muscles and connective tissue, and a host of nerves. 🦶

In English below…
Søndagsafslapning med lidt kreativitet 😊
Området gengiver nok et af de mest effektive områder at behandle, når det gælder nakkesmerter og specielt nok de der skyldes dybere årsager. Området kan også have stor virkning ud i skulder og arm. De muskler der her er gengivet er Masseter, Sternocleidomastoideus, Longus Colli og Scalenerne. Specielt de to sidstnævnte er af stor betydning ved behandling af dybere lidelser cervicalt. (
Sunday relaxation with a bit of creativity 😊
The area shown is probably one of the most effective areas to treat when it comes to neck pain, especially those caused by deeper issues. This area can also have a significant impact on the shoulder and arm. The muscles depicted here are the Masseter, Sternocleidomastoid, Longus Colli, and the Scalenes. Particularly, the latter two are of great importance in terms of treatment of deeper cervical issues.


Look who rode down with the storm! 😍🦋

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 10/24/2023

What an honor to learn from Chanchal Cabrera yesterday! Looking forward to diving into her book and exploring ways I can better support clients. 🙏

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 10/14/2023

Eclipse Reflexology Practicum is in the books! What a memorable experience to get to share an eclipse on the last day of practicum! 🌘

Back row: Carolyn from North Carolina, and Rae from Georgetown.
Front row: me!, Wynona from New Jersey, and Joy from Houston.

Dates for the Intermediate level and the winter Foundations class will be announced ASAP so stay tuned!

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 10/06/2023

Look who is delighted with their new home in a vase! Not two flowers, but six coming up! 😍

I found this Spathiphyllum languishing on a clearance rack - scorched leaves, drooping from dehydration, and looking half dead. I hoped I could revive her with a kelp seaweed drench and some TLC.

I've wanted to try a Peace Lily in water and found this vase at the thrift store that is working beautifully for her. I'll continue to trim away crusty leaves and dead rootlets. Also considering adding some colorful marbles or decorative glass to the bottom.

This is my second Peace Lily rescue and is our third Peace Lily resident. Spathiphyllum is a powerful biofilter that absorbs carcinogenic compounds like benzene, toulane, and formaldehyde. In exchange it releases it's own volatile organic compounds like alpha farnasene which has a calming effect on the nervous system, eudesmane which has antifungal properties, and farnesol which has antimicrobial properties.

Do you have a Peace Lily or two?


When was your last session, friend? Head over to the link in bio or to schedule your next appointment. 👣

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 09/12/2023

👣 Foot Reflexology 👣 unlocked for these two students this past weekend. 🔓

It's such an honor and a joy to be mentoring the next generation of reflexologists. 🥰


👣 Did you know I've been board certified through the American Reflexology Certification Board since 2006?

Two years after graduating from reflexology school I realized it was important to me to join my peers and sit for this written and practical exam. I filed my case studies, sat for the 300 question written exam, and demonstrated my hands-on skills to the proctor. 💪

Reflexology is recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) with grant funded research showing reflexology can support even the most fragile patients.

WVU Today | Aromatherapy could provide a sweet smell of success for substance use disorder patients, WVU study finds 07/25/2023

Congratulations to nurse-aromatherapist Marian Reven on her latest research on patients experiencing substance use disorder using aromatherapy to turn the dial down on stress! 🥳

WVU Today | Aromatherapy could provide a sweet smell of success for substance use disorder patients, WVU study finds Aromatherapy eases stress in people undergoing treatment for substance use disorder which, in turn, could enhance their chances of a successful recovery, according to West Virginia University research. The study, which is ongoing, incorporates the use of essential oils as an integrative therapy that...

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 07/16/2023

Catsistants Charlie and Simon helped Intermediate Reflexology course students with their practicum lessons this weekend. 😺 Simon oversaw technique demonstration and return demonstration. Charlie helped demonstrate how to operate the zero gravity recliners. 😆

In this practicum we added to the foundations course with techniques specific to the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and neuroendocrine systems. 👣


Six spaces left in the Foundations in Reflexology course starting August 14th! What questions do you have about studying reflexology with me? Let me know in the comments!

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 06/23/2023

This is what happens when the Plant Ladies go to Colorado, learn new formulating techniques, then get together to play in the studio when we're both back in town! 🥰

We made Double Extracted Fiery Oxymel first. grew some amazing garlic and onions for this batch. I contributed sage, Tulsi, and elderflower from my garden.

Then we tried our hand at a Summery Elixir with honey extracted aronia berries and some delicious tinctures. We'll dose ourselves for a week and then make it available to clients and friends. 😋


Appointment opportunities this week before I leave for training in the mountains:
Wednesday at 12pm noon
Friday at 12pm noon


Friendly reminder to check in on hydration and make a plan to keep track of water intake (I use the Water Drink Reminder app) and gently ease yourself into outdoor time. ☀️

If you're taking over-the-counter or prescription medications check and see if they can make you more sensitive to UV exposure and/or dehydration and heat intolerance.

Drugs that can make you more sensitive to sun exposure (read: you're more prone to burning quicker) include:
💊 Antibiotics like Cipro and Doxycycline
💊 Antihistamines like Zyrtec, Benadryl, and Claritin
💊 Cholesterol meds like Lipitor, Zocor, and Mevacor
💊 NSAIDs like Advil, Aleve, and Celebrex
💊 Hormone replacement therapy and hormone birth control

Drugs that can make you more sensitive to the heat (read: heat intolerance around 85F and above):
💊 Combo antihistamine + decongestants like Allerx-D and Dallergy
💊 Beta-Blockers like Toprol XL, Corgard, and Zebeta
💊 Diuretics like Lasix, Diamox, and Oretic
💊 Psychotropics like SSRIs, SNRIs, and NDRIs

A few herbs I love in summer teas to encourage hydration and help keep the body cool include:
🥤 Hibiscus or Roselle for Agua de Jamaica
🥤 Texas Pink Primrose
🥤 Marshmallow Root
🥤 Oatstraw
🥤 Rose
🥤 Elderflower
🥤 Peach Leaf

As always, before working with a new botanical check with your practitioner for drug and condition interactions. If you need a seasonal tea blend I'm here to help with a full apothecary at the ready.


Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens) does not share the Mint family with it's cousins the Mediterranean oreganos but instead is in the Verbena family.

This creates a unique chemistry of Thymol, Carvacrol, p-Cymene, and 1,8-Cineole that feels familiarly "oregano-ish" but other lesser aromatics round it out for a slightly lemony, licoricey/anisey, floral herb.

Today, I've trimmed the plant out of the walkway and am taking advantage of this bountiful harvest to dry in the herb dryer. I use Mexican Oregano in the kitchen in Tex-Mex, New Mexican, and Mexican dishes.

The chemistry 🔬 of Mexican Oregano suggests it would be ideal in the diet to support the immune system's surveillance for abnormal cell division (precancerous cells), as well as the digestive system's maintenance of a healthy microbiome which is especially useful in our climate where foodborne illness is a common issue. 🤢

Have you tried Mexican Oregano? It loves growing in this hot climate and the pink-purple blossoms are popular with the pollinators! 🐝🦋🐜

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 05/06/2023

Herb Day was a delight! I asked Rosemary if I could have a fangirl moment and get a picture with her and her response was, "I'd like to get a photo with you and be a fangirl too!" 😍

I enjoyed a stroll through the teaching gardens. Loved hearing about the inclusive gardening project the interns have been working on!

And of course I came home with a trunk of herbs for the apothecary garden. 🌱

I'm still getting my energy back from my Covid infection last month so I only did the morning visit. It sure was nice saying hello and hugging botanical friends! 🥰



Love having you in the zero gravity recliner for some serious TLC!

Testimonials and referrals are the greatest compliment you can give a small business. 🙏

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 04/03/2023

We went strawberry picking in Marble Falls yesterday and had such a fun time filling our boxes. 🍓

Strawberries are good heart medicine 🫀 - rich in antioxidants they can ease high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, turn down oxidative stress, and can reduce high cholesterol.

I'm going to make a Strawberry Hawthorne Cordial to add to sparkling water as the heat starts creeping in. The Summer season starts so early here in Texas we can use all the Fire Yang energy support we can get, amiright?! 🔥

Stressed Plants ‘Cry’—and Some Animals Can Probably Hear Them 03/31/2023

Oh no, not my houseplants crying because I forgot to water them! 😱

>>The noises were particularly obvious for plants that were stressed by a lack of water or recent cutting. If the sounds are pitched down and sped up, “it is a bit like popcorn — very short clicks,” Hadany says. “It is not singing.”

Stressed Plants ‘Cry’—and Some Animals Can Probably Hear Them Microphones capture ultrasonic crackles from plants that are water-deprived or injured

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 03/20/2023

Happy Spring Equinox! Mother Nature is throwing such a party with this year's flowers 😍

Yesterday we rode bikes at Brushy Creek Park and the bluebonnets were out en force. Don't worry, I took my quercitin, nettles, and yerba mansa so I didn't wake up looking like a 🍅 this morning. 😆🤧

What's your strategy for enjoying the outdoors during the friend? 👃

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 03/17/2023

About 105,000 Central Texas women suffer from migraine headaches. 🥺

I've seen clients use Reflexology to decrease the frequency and intensity of their migraine headaches over my nineteen years of practice. 🧠

One of my favorite maps to work on for migraineurs are the HANDS! The hands have a larger reflex area dedicated to points for the head and neck than we see on the feet and ear maps.

Head over to my website to read a bit more about how I work with migraine headaches in my practice:

And to my colleagues, I'll be offering a continuing education webinar on this topic in May if you'd like a refresher on migraine anatomy and technique tips!

Experts Predict an Abundant Wildflower Season in Texas This Year 03/11/2023


Experts Predict an Abundant Wildflower Season in Texas This Year North Texans should get ready for some vibrant blooms as spring begins.

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 03/10/2023

Did you know modern reflexology got it's start in the operating room? Ear nose and throat surgeon William FitzGerald used controlled pressure on the hands and feet during surgeries.

I wanted to share a few images of this 1915 issue of "Everybody's Magazine" with you all so you could get a sense of how pain control pressure techniques were being used a hundred years ago!

Reflexology really shines with pain management - be it acute or chronic! If you're struggling with pain and haven't seen a professional reflexologist consider this your invitation to give it a try.

Here in Texas you can find qualified reflexologists through the Texas Reflexology Association. Nationally I'd suggest searching the online directories of the American Reflexology Certification Board and the Reflexology Association of America. You're looking for someone with at least 110 hours of classroom training in a reflexology program. 👣

Photos from The Barefoot Dragonfly's post 03/10/2023

{Flashback Friday} to that time I was in Mother Earth Living magazine talking about how not to poison yourself with essential oils in your glass of water. 😎

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