Massage Oil Recipes
To Reduce Stress and Tension

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 oilsThese 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 oilsThese 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.

Making Massage Oils

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Massage Oil Recipes

Relaxing Massage Oil Recipe ~ courtesy of Glenbrook Farms

  • 4 tablespoons of carrier oil such as safflower, sweet almond or grapeseed oil ( which are easy to buy and don’t have a strong odor)
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 10 drops of begamont oil

Add the blend of carrier oil and essential oil into the glass bottle and gently shake the bottle to blend the oils. Ensure the cap is tightly secured on the bottle and then store in a cool dark place.

Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipe – courtesy of Aromaweb

  • 1 ounce carrier oil such as sweet almond
  • 10 – 12 drops essential oil

For Stress Relief combine 6 drops clary sage ( do not use if pregnant ), 2 drops lemon, 3 drops lavender

For Sore Muscles combine 2 drops ginger, 1 drop black pepper, 4 drops peppermint, 5 drops eucalyptus

Be sure to use only about ½ to 1 teaspoon per massage.  Before use, you can warm the oil by placing the bottle in a container of hot water. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Herbal Foot Massage Oil Recipe – courtesy of eHow

  • 2 Ounces olive oil
  • 3 -5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 – 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

You can mix the oil in a mixing bowl and then pour in glass bottle with the help of a funnel.

Relaxing Lavender Aromatherapy Massage Oil Blend 
courtesy of Pioneer Thinking

  • 24 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop Chamomile essential oil (optional: don’t use if you’re allergic to ragweed )
  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) Apricot Kernel or Grapeseed oil

Ideal for use at bed time, since lavender is very soothing and relaxing.

Energizing Massage Oil Recipe - courtesy of Frugal and Thriving

  • 4 tablespoons of your preferred carrier oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

For a quick-pick-me- up try this homemade massage recipe. When you are done with your massage you should be feeling refreshed and rejuvenated

Do You Have a Good Massage Oil Recipe to Share ?

Are you a do-it-yourselfer with a good massage oil recipe to share ? Or have you used a massage oil recipe that you really liked ? We would love to hear about it.

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