How do you give massages with essential oils?
Which are the best essential oils for massage?
I’ll answer these questions and more here today.
You’ll discover recipes for massaging sore muscles and relieving stress.
Let’s begin with the benefits of essential oil massage.
- Essential Oil Massage Benefits
- Essential Oil Massage for Headaches
- 5 Tips for the Perfect Massage
- Recipe to Relieve Sore Muscles
- Stress Relief Massage Blend
- Radha Beauty Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Helichrysum 100% Pure, Undiluted Essential Oil by Fabulous Frannie
- Plant Therapy Frankincense Serrata Organic Essential Oil
- Aura Cacia, Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil – INDIA – by SenseLAB
- Rocky Mountain Oils – Ginger Root
- Plant Therapy Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil
- Sensual Massage Recipe
- How to Give a Hand Massage with Essential Oils
- Recipe for a Soothing Hand Massage
- Warming the Oil for the Massage
- Aromatherapy During the Massage
Essential Oil Massage Benefits
As you already know, a massage feels great. It relieves pain and increases mobility in stiff joints and muscles.
Combined with aromatherapy, a massage uplifts your mind and spirit.
When applied to the skin, essential oils boost blood circulation and promote healing.
To illustrate, sweet orange oil is one of the best essential oils for stress and anxiety. The next time you’re stressed out, ask someone to rub your shoulders with two drops of sweet orange oil per teaspoon of sweet almond oil.
Breathe in deeply and enjoy. You’ll feel much better soon.
Essential Oil Massage for Headaches
It’s handy if you can go to a professional massage therapist, but you don’t need a pro to get rid of a headache.
Blend two or three drops of peppermint oil per teaspoon of jojoba oil. Then massage your neck and temples (but be careful to avoid your eyes).
The soothing sensation will bring relief because peppermint is one of the best essential oils for headaches.
5 Tips for the Perfect Massage
The person who will receive the massage will have better results if you follow a few tips.
- First, don’t give a massage if the person has just eaten. Also, make sure they drink a cup of water after you’re done.
Those rules exist because massage stimulates circulation and the flow of lymph fluid. It can disrupt digestion and could make the person feel nauseated if they have a full stomach. The extra water ensures that their body pushes out toxins released during the massage (1).
- Second, make sure the person doesn’t have any known allergies to any particular oil.
- Third, put them in a relaxed position, whether seating or laying down. If you are the person giving the massage, make sure that you’re comfortable, too.
- Fourth, select the essential oil based on the treatment needed. For example, use lavender for stress relief, peppermint for muscle soreness, and eucalyptus for pain reduction.
- And fifth, warm the oils with your hands before applying them to the skin.
Now let’s move on to reviews of the top essential oils for massage. I hope my article helps you find the perfect combination for your needs.
Organic Verdana USDA-Certified Organic Golden Jojoba Oil
Carrier oils like jojoba are necessary for diluting the pure, concentrated essential oils, so they don’t irritate the skin. Carrier oils serve as moisturizers and lubricants.
Jojoba oil is one of the best choices for massage therapy because it’s very similar to the skin’s own oil. It won’t clog pores, and it’s great for softening the skin.
This jojoba oil is USDA-certified organic and odorless.
Avocado Oil by Essential Depot
Avocado oil is an excellent moisturizer. It’s perfect for massage and making soaps and skincare products at home.
Avocado is rich in natural plant steroids that fade age spots and heal scars.
NOW Solutions, Sweet Almond Oil
I wouldn’t be surprised if your massage therapist prefers sweet almond oil. It’s a very common oil used for massage.
Sweet almond oil blends well with any essential oil. It’s derived from pressed almonds and has a very slight fragrance if any at all.
It absorbs easily, and won’t clog pores.
La Tourangelle Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is gentle enough for sensitive skin anywhere on the face or body.
This particular grapeseed oil is food grade so you can use it for cooking, not just massage.
ArtNaturals Premium Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut is one of my favorite carrier oils. It’s very lightweight, odorless, and colorless. It absorbs quickly but helps the skin retain moisture. Furthermore, it’s antibacterial to reduce odors and clear up infection.
Feel free to add any essential oil to fractionated coconut, and you’ll get good results.
Aura Cacia Black Pepper Essential Oil
Now, we’ll begin with the essential oils that get the results you need from a massage.
Black pepper essential oil smells like pepper, so it’s not always a top choice for aromatherapy. But it’s perfect for a warming massage when you have a sore body.
Blend black pepper with the right companion oils, and you’ll get astonishing results.
Recipe to Relieve Sore Muscles
For every tablespoon of carrier oil, add the following:
- two drops black pepper
- four drops peppermint
- four drops eucalyptus
Keep this mixture away from eyes and mucous membranes. But work it into sore backs, shoulders, legs, or feet. The person receiving the massage will feel rapid relief.
Edens Garden Lavender Essential Oil
Next, we have lavender essential oil.
Lavender is one of the best essential oils for the skin. That’s because it calms irritation and has anti-microbial action to speed up healing.
It’s also one of the best for reducing anxiety and stress.
Lavender is a safe choice for almost any type of massage, and it’s one of the least expensive oils on the market.
NOW Essential Oils, Organic Peppermint Oil
I’ve already mentioned peppermint oil. This powerful plant has an aroma that awakens the mind and alleviates depression.
When used on the skin, peppermint banishes headaches and body aches.
But I can’t stress enough that it’s absolutely critical to dilute peppermint oil for use on the body. It will still work just as well.
Artizen Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Sweet orange essential oil encourages positive thoughts. While it doesn’t relieve pain the same as peppermint or eucalyptus, its aroma promotes well-being.
When applied to the skin, sweet orange can clear up acne and discoloration from scars and sun damage.
Stress Relief Massage Blend
For every tablespoon of carrier oil, use:
- two drops sweet orange
- three drops lavender
Work this blend gently into the palms of the hands of the soles of the feet.
Radha Beauty Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil relieves congestion and reduces inflammation. It’s antibacterial and antifungal, too.
You may be aware that eucalyptus appears in products as diverse as cough syrups, sports rubs, and household cleaners.
As a massage oil, eucalyptus improves the skin’s health and alleviates muscle pain.
Helichrysum 100% Pure, Undiluted Essential Oil by Fabulous Frannie
Helichrysum is a common treatment for muscle aches. It’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Plus, it fights premature aging of the skin.
Plant Therapy Frankincense Serrata Organic Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is something I recommend that every household have on hand.
This version of frankincense is steam-distilled from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree that grows in North Africa and the Arabian peninsula. It’s well known for its healing properties.
The appealing aroma supports positive thinking and relaxation. It can also help with respiratory difficulties.
Then, when massaged into the skin, frankincense lessens inflammation and pain.
Aura Cacia, Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oil comes from more than one place around the world. Fortunately for us in North America, Texas cedarwood from the Juniperus Mexicana tree is less expensive and packed with health benefits.
While some people like to use cedarwood to encourage hair growth, it’s also beneficial for massages.
Moreover, the rich woody scent calms an anxious mind.
Sandalwood Essential Oil – INDIA – by SenseLAB
Sandalwood is also found around the world. The Santalum album tree from India is frequently used to make incense for meditation.
Plus, you can enjoy the soothing effects of sandalwood during the massage. Afterward, you may find that your power of concentration is enhanced.
On the other hand, if you receive a massage with sandalwood essential oil right before bed, you’re likely to sleep better than you have for a long time.
Rocky Mountain Oils – Ginger Root
Ginger root essential oil has a confidence-boosting fragrance.
Massage therapists who treat athletes sometimes include ginger in a pre-event warm-up.
It warms the muscles by increasing blood flow.
Plant Therapy Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang has a floral aroma that acts as an aphrodisiac. It’s ideal for a sensual massage as it’s one of the best essential oils for romance.
Also, ylang-ylang relieves menstrual pain like cramps and backaches.
Sensual Massage Recipe
Choose your favorite carrier oil and measure out two tablespoons of it. Warm the oil gently to body temperature. Then add the following essential oils:
- two drops ylang-ylang
- two drops sandalwood
- two drops bergamot or sweet orange or neroli
Enjoy a sensual massage in a candlelit room.
Edens Garden Massage Therapy Synergy Blend Essential Oil
Besides making your own essential oil blends for massage, you can benefit from the knowledge of professional aromatherapists and massage therapists.
This blend was created, especially for relieving pain and stress. It features peppermint, wintergreen, camphor, ylang-ylang, blue tansy, helichrysum, chamomile, and Osmanthus.
The spicy essence will revive your spirit and body.
But please remember to use it sparingly by diluting it with a carrier oil.
Edens Garden Muscle Relief
The Muscle Relief blend is a sports rub in a bottle. It contains peppermint, clove, wintergreen, and helichrysum that diminish inflammation and pain.
If you don’t have carrier oil on hand, add five drops of this essential oil blend to a tablespoon of unscented lotion.
Edens Garden PMS Ease Synergy Blend Essential Oil
Massage your abdomen and back with the PMS Ease blend, and you’ll find relief from cramps, hot flashes, moodiness, and nausea.
The ingredients include lavender, ylang-ylang, clary sage, cedarwood, bergamot, ginger, patchouli, and more.
How to Give a Hand Massage with Essential Oils
Whether you give a hand massage to yourself or enjoy one given by someone else, it’s a relaxing experience.
The ancient art of reflexology ties pressure points in the hand to various systems throughout the body. But you don’t need to be a trained expert to provide relief.
Prepare the following recipe then learn how to give a hand massage by watching this video.
Recipe for a Soothing Hand Massage
Select your favorite carrier oil and pour out one teaspoon of it.
- two drops frankincense
- two drops lavender
- one drop sandalwood or cedarwood
Work the blend into the palms and the thicker part below the thumb up to the fingertips. Breathe deeply and focus on pleasant thoughts.
Warming the Oil for the Massage
Warm the oil before you apply it to the skin to make the massage more pleasant.
You don’t need to add very much heat – just the warmth of your hands is sufficient.
But if you want to maintain the temperature, a simple tea light, and ceramic dish will do the trick.
Singeek Ceramic Essential Oil Warmer with Bamboo Tea Light Holder
This oil warmer has a bamboo stand and ceramic holders for the oil and a tea light. The bowl on top holds approximately 100 ml or nearly half a cup.
Don’t be surprised if you find someone using this as an inexpensive diffuser with water and a few drops of oil.
Aromatherapy During the Massage
Let’s imagine that you or the person who is receiving the massage would prefer to use unscented oil only. This may be because of skin sensitivities. But that’s no problem at all as you can still include essential oils during the massage through aromatherapy.
All you need is a diffuser to disperse the fragrance.
Generally, compact ultrasonic diffusers like this one only need about five drops of essential oil to refresh the air.
InnoGear Upgraded Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser
InnoGear’s ultrasonic diffuser has a Zen-like appearance with an attractive bamboo housing.
It features two mist modes and a timer. There’s also a colorful mood light.
Once the water runs out, it shuts off automatically.
Essential oils enhance massages through their aroma and healing power.
Which essential oils have you used or enjoyed during a massage? What were the results?
I’d love to know, and if you’d like to share, feel free to leave me a comment below.
1. https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-aromatherapy-massage by Kristeen Cherney, published February 1, 2019, accessed July 2, 2020
2. https://www.aromaweb.com/articles/aromatherapymassage.asp by Wendy Robbins, accessed July 2, 2020
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqDCQAav-0 How to Give a Hand Massage | Shiatsu Massage by Howcast, published on 15 Nov 2012, accessed July 2, 2020