There are many types of massage; those will be discussed in one of our next posts. But no matter what type of massage you enjoy and no matter who provides the massage, you can incorporate the benefits of essential oils into your massage by creating your own massage oil. This will increase both effectiveness and pleasure gained from your massage experience.
It is simple and easy to create your own massage oils. Aromatherapy basics is an easy matter of choosing the carrier oil you like and adding an essential oil or a combination of oils to the carrier in safe quantities. Sweet almond oil is the best choice unless you and / or your masseuse have a nut allergy. Cold pressed coconut oil, grape seed oil and jojoba oil are all good choices if you can’t use almond oil. In a pinch, olive oil will do but it tends to be a bitch sticky, stains sheets and towel and is overall just not as good as the other carrier oils.
Before you begin, locate a glass container, one that is blue or brown or amber because sunlight breaks down essential oil after long term exposure. These containers can easily be located online or at your local health food store. Of course, if you are only making enough essential oil massage oil for the single massage you are about to enjoy, there is no need to worry about the color of glass in which it is stored. The average massage requires 1 to 2 ounces of massage oil; but why not makes enough to last a while since you are mixing?
Most Popular Massage Oil Blends
Here are a three of the most popular recipes for incorporating aromatherapy essential oils into your massage session. Of course, you can make up your own recipes based on knowledge of the properties of essential oils. More recipes will be available in posts in the near future.
Massage Oil for Calmness and Stress Removal
1 ounces of carrier oil
20 drops Sweet Orange
16 drops Neroli
Cap bottle and roll gentle between hands, using a back and forth motion for 45 seconds to one minute to mix oils well. Store the unused portion of you massage oil in a cool, dry and dark location. Sufficient for four to six massages. Keeps for years and many people say it actually improves with age. Label bottle and date so you can later identify the mixture and when it was created.
Massage Oil to Prevent Muscle Soreness after Exercise
1 ounce carrier oil
10 drops Allspice
7 drops Cinnamon
8 drop Chamomile
Cap and blend by rolling between hands. Store any unused portions in cool dark location.
Massage Oil to Promote Alertness
1 ounce carrier oil
12 drops Ginger
8 drops Juniper Berry
10 drop Grapefruit
Place all ingredients in glass bottle, mix well. After use, store any leftovers oil in cool, dark location.
Enjoying Your Essential Oil Recipes
Try these beginner recipes for massage and you’ll probably be hooked on creating your own massage oils. These are much less expensive than those purchased in a store and often contain the same ingredients. Enjoy your massage and the personal satisfaction of knowing you created your very own massage oils.