Aside from the techniques and stroke styles, another essential factor that you should keep in mind when having a massage is the use of massage oil.
Massage oils play an important role in the comfort and efficiency of a massage. Its primary purpose is to deliver lubrication and reduce friction during a massage. Besides, massage oils can also make the entire experience more relaxing and calming, thanks to their fantastic aroma.
If you want to personalize your massage experience, the best thing that you can do is to create your own massage oil. This article will help you understand how to make massage oils. We have also thrown in a few recipes for good measure.
What You Will Need:
For this short tutorial, you will need to prepare the following items:
- Carrier Oil of your choice
- Essential oils of your choice
- Plastic or glass amber bottle
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How to Make Massage Oils: A Step-by-step Guide
If you do not know how to choose carrier oil and essential oils for your massage oil, don’t worry! This comprehensive guide has that covered. So if you are ready, let us get started!
Step 1: Choose your carrier oil.
From its name, this oil is the vehicle of your massage oils, meaning it will make up the majority of the entire formulation. Even though these are not as potent as essential oils, these also feature various properties that you can benefit from so it is a must that you carefully choose which carrier oil you should use.
Lucky for you, we have already provided all the information you need to know about the most common carrier oils that you can use below:
– Hazelnut Oil
This penetrates the skin deeply and can deliver great moisture to the skin. The best thing about this carrier oil is that it has no overpowering scent so it can let your essential oil shine.
However, this is not recommended for people with nut allergy.
– Almond Oil
This contains good amount of fatty acids and vitamins A and E and can, therefore, moisturize the skin. Because of this, it is recommended for people with sensitive skin.
Same with hazelnut oil, this may not be a good option for people with nut allergy.
– Grapeseed Oil
This oil is a light and gentle emollient which can deeply penetrate the skin to deliver moisture and hydration. The massage therapist commonly uses this because it has a low risk of causing allergic reactions.
– Avocado Oil
This also contains fatty acids which can nourish and re-hydrate sun-damaged skin. This is an excellent choice for people with mature and damaged skin.
– Jojoba Oil
This comes not as an oil but a liquid wax designed to moisturize and heal the skin. It also has a low risk of allergic reactions and is recommended for sensitive skin.
– Wheat Germ Oil
Therapists often use this because of its high vitamin E content. Since this vitamin is a known antioxidant, it is recommended for dry and mature skin.
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Step 2: Choose your essential oils.
Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated oils. Because of these, you will need to put only 2 to 3 drops of essential oils in the entire formulation. These oils are often used for their relaxing and calming properties. With that in mind, here are some of the most common essential oils that you can choose from:
This oil gives off a floral fragrance and is highly known for its uplifting and relaxing effects. More than that, this essential oil can also have other health benefits including boosting circulation, revitalizing body tissues and improving the nervous system.
This is the most popular essential oil being used for aromatherapy because of its refreshingly sweet aroma. Moreover, this oil promotes relaxation, helping the body to adapt to stress easily. It can also promote good sleep and increase a person’s energy levels.
Some essential oils can deliver pain relief, and peppermint oil is one of them. Thanks to the high menthol content of this oil, it acts as a natural analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory agent.
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– Tea Tree Oil
This oil is recommended for people with dry skin and scalp as it can promote cellular regeneration, moisturize the skin, and deliver anti-aging benefits. It is also a great oil in addressing skin irritation, redness, and itching.
Step 3: Mix the oils in the bottle.
You can mix and match any of the oils mentioned above. In fact, you can use up to five types of essential oils in your massage oil.
Once you have decided which carrier oil and essential oils to use, use the dropper to add the essential oils to the bottle. Afterwards, add the carrier oil of your choice.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that the essential oils have a high risk of oxidation. To avoid that, it is best that you use a dark colored bottle and place your massage oil in a cool and dark place.
Step 4: Blend the oils.
Once all the oils are inside the bottles, tightly cover it. Instead of shaking it vigorously, roll the bottle in between your palms to properly blend the oils.
Step 5: Label the bottle.
There you have it—your very own massage oils. But before you store it, it would be best if you would put a label on the bottle. The label must indicate the content of the massage oil (carrier and essential oil) and the date when you have created it.
Pro Tip: Let the oil sit for 1 to 2 days before using it. This gives the oil enough time to blend properly.
The Massage Oils Recipes That You Should Try!
If you do not have the time to choose carrier and essential oils, you can try making the following massage oil recipes:
Recipe #1: Spice Blend (for uplifting mood and mental clarity)
– 3 to 4 drops of Cardamom
– 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark
– 3 drops of Coriander
– 14 drops of Sweet Orange
– Jojoba as the carrier oil
Recipe #2: Sweet Dreams Blend (for better sleep and relaxation)
– 1 drop of Mandarin
– 14 drops of Lavender
– 3 drops of Sandalwood
– 2 drops of Chinese Rose
– 7 drops of Valerian
– Grapeseed as the carrier oil
Recipe #3: Goodbye Pain Blend (for pain relief)
– 3 drops of Bergamot
– 12 drops of Lavender
– 5 drops of Roman Chamomile
– 8 drops of Myrrh
– Jojoba oil as the carrier oil
Recipe #4: Sensual Massage Oil (perfect for Valentine’s!)
– 4 drops of sandalwood
– 4 drops of ylang-ylang
– 2 drops of geranium
– 4 drops of sweet orange
– Sweet almond or avocado oil as the carrier oil
Creating your own massage oils is not as difficult as you think it would be. With this guide on how to make massage oils, we hope that you will be able to come up with a massage oil formulation that can make your massage experience more relaxing and invigorating!