It’s pretty quick and easy to make your own massage oil recipe. You just need to know the basic ingredients and how to best use them.
There are quite a few massage oils that are good for relaxing you and soothing your sore aching muscles. Nothing beats a good relaxing self-massage after a long hard day and to avoid the discomfort of friction when getting a massage done its best to use a massage oil.
Why Make Your Own Massage Oil ?
If you want to have control over the type of massage oil you use and have the right blend for your skin-type, why not make your own massage oil recipe ?
You know what you’re getting and you know that its fresh. It takes only a few minutes and it helps you to enhance the benefits of a good self-massage while staying within your budget – some store bought massage oils may be a bit pricey.
You can get the essential and carrier oils at a natural food store, health store or a beauty supply store.
Massage Oil Recipe Must Haves
Dark coloured glass bottle with cap- you don’t want the oil to be exposed to too much light. Don’t store the oil in plastic bottles because they are not strong enough to contain the oil .
Essential oils - These are scented liquids extracted from plants. Although the term used is “oil”, it’s not oily at all and so it has to be mixed with oils referred to as carrier oils. Lavender oil is a very good choice as an essential oil because it reduces tension and stress; acts as an anti-depressant; has a very calming and relaxing effect; helps with insomnia.
Carrier oils - These are vegetable oils used to reduce the strength of the essential oil so that it can be used on the skin and be easily absorbed. The more your skin absorbs the oil, the less oily your skin feels after the massage. Common carrier oils are grape seed, safflower, olive, canola, peanut and sweet almond (do not use if you are allergic to nuts).
Before Getting Started
Know the pros and cons of the various carrier and essential oils. It doesn’t hurt to do some reading on the various types of oils (both carrier and essential), in order to make the right choice when making your own massage oil at home.
Do not use the essential oil on its own. It is too strong. Always mix it with a carrier oil. Do not drink the essential oil and if the oil comes in contact with your eyes, Pioneer Thinking suggests rinsing out the eye with a few drops of pure Sweet Almond Oil, not water. Then seek medical attention.
Do a small patch test on your skin before using the massage oil all over to make sure that your skin does not get irritated by your massage oil blend.
If you use ginger, lemon, orange, bergamot essential oils, stay out of the sun for about 6 hours to avoid skin irritation.
Some massage oil recipe ingredients, such as the sunflower oil, have a short shelf life so it is better to make small batches of the massage oil and store it in a cool (not the fridge), dark place to ensure it doesn’t get sour or rancid too quickly. You may consider using jojoba essential oil, it has a long shelf life.
If pregnant, avoid the use of massage oils, unless otherwise advised by your doctor, since some essential oils like clary sage are not good for use during pregnancy.
Keep the massage oils out of the reach of children and do not use the massage oil on children under 3 years old.
Good quality massage oils can be bought in store or online, but for all you do-it-yourself-ers here are some recipes to make your own massage oil at home.
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