Essential Oils and Massage
Who doesn’t love a massage?
The use of essential oils in massage is a fantastic way to maximize the healing power of the massage itself. When combined with essential oils, a massage can have a powerful calming or energizing effect, depending on the oil chosen and the strokes of the masseur (quick movements will stimulate and slow movements relax).
When using essential oils in massage, always dilute the oils in a carrier oil prior to application to the skin. As we’ve said before, essential oils are very powerful concentrates, and unless indicated otherwise, should not be directly applied to the skin or irritation can result.
Carrier oils are just that. They are the oils that carry the essential oil. There are a wide variety available including the following:
* Almond Oil – very easily absorbed by the skin, is very smooth, has little smell, keeps well, contains vitamin D and has beneficial effects on hair, dry skin and brittle nails
* Apricot kernel Oil – light, contains Vitamin A, particularly good for use on the face if the skin is dry or aging
* Avocado Oil – heavy, rich in nutrients, very good for dry aging and sensitive skins Evening Primrose Oil – helpful for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, only keeps for about 2 months after opening
* Grapeseed Oil – light, good for oily skin, one of the least expensive oils
* Hazelnut Oil – penetrates the skin very easily and is deeply nourishing Jojoba Oil – light, rich in vitamin E, beneficial for spots, acne, dandruff and dry scalp
* Olive Oil – can be used in a pinch, but has a strong smell which may compete with the essential oil
* Soya Oil – easily absorbed, rich in vitamin E
* Sunflower Oil – contains essential fatty acids, rich in vitamin E, has a slightly nutty smell
* Wheatgerm Oil – contains vitamins A, B, C and E, firms and tones the skin, reduces blemishes, can help to reduce scar tissue and stretch marks, has a strong smell
When combining oils to be used in massage, have the proper supplies on hand. Dark bottles (brown, blue, etc.) in a 2oz size work very well, and can be obtained with relative ease.
Using a small funnel, fill the container half full until you have about 1oz of carrier oil. To the carrier oil, add 12-15 drops of essential oil and place the lid on the container. Shake well (the container – not you!!).
You can use only one essential oil or combine up to three of your choice to comprise the 12-15 drops. And there you have it! Your very own blend of massage oil!
Tip: Make small quantities as outlined above or you may end up with leftovers – blended oils will turn rancid fairly quickly. Store in a cool dark place with the lid tightly closed and they will last up to three months. Let your nose be your guide – if the blend no longer smells good, consider a fresh mix!
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