Preparing Massage Oils
Generally speaking, 1 drop of essential oil should be used for every teaspoon of carrier oil. Carrier Oils are used to create oil blends for massages, oil burners, purfumes, etc, but this guide is for those who want to create massage oils. For a facial massage no more than a couple of teaspoonfuls of blended massage oil may be needed, while a full body massage will need about 6 teaspoons of massage oil. The following oils are suitable as a base carrier oil (for an essential oil to be added to).
- Sweet Almond Oil - is good for most skin types and contains vitamins & minerals that can benefit the skin. It is one of the most popular and most used oil for oil blends.
- Apricot Kernal Oil - is great for mature skin as well as sensitive and dry skins.
- Jojoba Oil - is not actually an oil, it's a wax and one of the most popular carriers used, it contains vitamins and is rich in Vitamin E.
- Macadamia Oil - is great for dry and ageing skin and can be absorbed by the skin very easily to leave it supple and soft.
Adding essential oils and creating your own oil blends can be very rewarding and fun. The aroma that some essential oils can give (as well the base carrier oil aroma) can produce some beautiful fragrances so experiment and try to see if you can make your blends and you can save your money by using your own blends rather than buying expensive massage oils that you can probably do yourself.
Some of unique essential oils that are made with the above carrier oils are:
- Benzoin -This is a rich, thick essential oil with a vanilla type scent. It is used to awaken the concious mind.
- Chamomile - A fruity scent used sparingly for meditation and inducing peace.
- Cardamom - Spicy & a nice jolt of energy to love and sexually oriented formulas.
- Sandalwood - One of the most popular, ancient oils. The sacred scent is used in spirituality, meditation & healing formulas.
There appear to be very few situations for which massage won't work. Most people are likely to benefit a great deal from some form of massage and age is not a barrier at all. Some conditions that respond well to massage and the right massage oils are:
- Back Pain (obviously)
- Digestive Problems
- Menstrual Pains
- Muscle Strains
- Neck & Shoulder Pain
- Postnatal porlems
- Repetitive motion disoders
- PMS Syptoms
- Sleeping problems
- Sinus congestion
So get out there and get massaging. Experiment with different oils but ALWAYS follow the advice on the bottle as some essential oils can only be used extremely sparingly such as Cinnamon (1 drop maximum) or you may have a severe allergic reaction to some others. Be careful!