By Valerie Lull, M.H.
Essential Oils for Massage
Who doesn’t like a good massage? It is so relaxing and soothing. Essential oils can add to the pleasure both by relaxing muscles and by their aroma. Aromatherapy combined with massage is popular and many blends you can make yourself at home.
To start, you need a glass bottle that is tinted, This prevents the oil from getting rancid. Then you need a carrier oil. Some popular carrier oils are grapeseed oil, almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil. Olive oil is thicker and darker than the other oils and has an olive smell. If you like it has great benefits for soothing joint and muscle pain. It is also good for your skin.
The next step is to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the carrier oil. Here are some suggestions.
Lavender essential oil is very popular. Lavender is known for its soothing and calming properties and many people think the scent is heavenly. It is known to help insomnia and fatigue.
Cinnamon essential oil has a strong scent and works as a warming agent for sore muscles and joints. It appears to be beneficial for arthritis.
Sandalwood essential oil is a scent that reminds me of exotic places and is a very fragrant scent. A massage with sandalwood oil can be a very sensuous experience.
Rose essential oil is known for its lovely fragrance and also has soothing properties. Rose oil is beneficial for the skin and can be used for massage as well as part of a beauty regimen.
A massage with these special oils and some candlelight can be used by couples and can set the mood to lead to other things.
Here’s a general formula for blending oils. 1/8 cup of carrier oil and ten drops of the essential oil. Keep in a bottle with tinted glass.
References http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lavender http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/cinnamon-leaf-oil.aspx http://draxe.com/rose-essential-oil-benefits-skin-depression-hormones/ http://thealternativedaily.com/a-simple-method-for-making-your-own-massage-oil
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Valerie Lull, Author