Are you sleep-less or over-worked, stressed or exhausted from too much work or partying, travelling or simply feeling meh? Well, all you may need is a nice massage to rejuvenate and charge your batteries! Folks, instead of buying expensive massage oils off the stores how about making your own oils, that you can experiment with in terms of the oils, herbs and fragrances to create potions that smell heavenly and are perfect fit for your requirements. While there are tons of massage oils you can pick off the racks, it is actually a fulfilling experience to mix your own. Instead of hitting the spa, you could do it yourself or get your partner or friend to give you a good massage with one of your fine home blends. Here’s how:
Homemade Massage Oil Theory
However, before you get started you must have a few pointers in mind:
- Remember to mix your oils gently so that you do not disturb the delicate chemical balance in the oils.
You must shield massage oils from heat and light to avoid them turning rancid quickly. Remember to wear sun protection if you must be exposed to sunlight after applying essential oils to your skin. Many of these blends especially those containing fruit oils have the potential to make skin more sensitive to UV damage.
You must always leave a fair amount of space at the top of the bottle so that the oil can breathe.
You must store the oils in a glass or ceramic bottle.
Always do a patch test on the inside of your wrist or elbow before you use any of the oils and wait until half an hour to see if there is any allergic reaction like hives, irritation, itchiness or redness from them.
If you have an allergic reaction, do not rinse with water instead the ideal way to remove oil is to apply a skin-safe liquid dish-washing soap to dry skin where the oil is present. You should massage gently for a few seconds or until you are sure that the oil is off before continuing with your rinsing.
A handful of massage oil recipe ideas to get you started and sorted. Romance Re-boot You can apply this fragrant oil before you hit the bed, with sensual scents in tow no one’s complaining! Mix about 12 drops of ylang-ylang, 6 drops patchouli, 3 drops sandalwood oil in half cup of sweet almond or olive oil. Voila, your bed-time massage oil is ready for its show!
If you are looking to commence your day on a zesty note, you could gladly apply this massage oil that has a warm, elevating blend of spices. Who said spices were only for cooking, they have the ability to uplift your mood and relieve stress instantly! Mix 5 drops of cardamom oil, 18 drops of sweet orange, 8 drops of cinnamon bark oil and 5 drops of coriander seed in about a cup of coconut oil. Feel the difference and thank us later!
If your muscles and joints are having a hard time, its time to give them some pain relief! This massage oil has an amalgam that has muscle calming and mood enriching properties. Mix 4 drops of bergamot, 14 drops of lavender, 10 drops of myrhh, 6 drops of chamomile in jojoba oil and apply to the painful parts of the body. Good-bye aches!
Feel The Blend
If your feeling down in the dumps? Fret not, we have got the perfect solution to your woes and worries! A massage with this oil mixture is all that you need to surprise yourself, besides easily your mood will improve post a whiff of this fragrant oil complete with ingredients targeted at your emotional well-being. Mix 4 drops of jasmine oil, 16 drops of bergamot, 6 drops of vanilla, 4 drops of ylang ylang and 4 drops of grapefruit oil in a cup of olive oil. Learn to apply it with long strokes on your body prior to your bath. Say hello to a new you!
Are you having a tough time getting a good night’s sleep and nothing seems to help? Well, this massage oil has a soothing blend that might help achieve the impossible. Simply rub it on on your wrists, forehead, ears and feet before you call it a day. Mix 4 drops of mandarin, 16 drops of lavender, 5 drops of sandalwood and 4 drops of Chinese rose in a cup of sweet almond oil. Being sleep deprived is a thing of the past?
Are you having trouble with your digestive system post heavy meals or your eating schedule having gone haywire? Learn to eat healthy and at the right time, also try this massage blend for quicker help with your digestive juices besides helps relieve tension or nausea. Mix 3 drops of ginger, 3 drops of cardamom, ylang ylang, 6 drops of Frankincense, 15 drops of Bergamot, 3 drops of Neroli, 3 drops grapefruit in half cup of almond oil.
Massage expert Aarti Singh says, ‘My favourite blend is a detoxifying massage oil which is made with 3 drops of Rosemary, 12 drops of Atlas Cedarwood, 6 drops of Oregano, 3 drops of Grapefruit, 4 drops of Thuja in half cup of carrier oils like olive, grapeseed or jojoba. Also having the right carrier oil makes alot of difference as you can play around with the fruit or essential oils.
Carrier oil can be categorized into- Sweet Almond, it adds a rich aroma to any blend, high in oleic acid which aids in improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cold Pressed Coconut gives a sweet tropical note to massage oils, it is the richest natural source of lauric acid besides being one of the best oils for promoting healthy skin and hair. Grapeseed oil has little scent, dries faster and has high concentration of linoleic acid.
Jojoba oil gives out slight nutty aroma, it oxidizes slowly, absorbs quickly besides leaves behind very little residue. Olive oil possesses a rich, verdant aroma and is high in oleic acid which can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You may want to experiment with your mixtures in small batches until you get them just right.’