The advantages of making your own massage oils are ones of personal preference as well as the ability to save money on prepared potions. It also means that you know that the ingredients that were used are fresh. To make your own massage oil you first need to choose which carrier oil to use as your base. This is very important and should be oil with no scent so you can bring out the fullness of what you create. It is recommended that for this purpose you use grape seed oil, sweet almond oil or safflower oil. All of these are relatively inexpensive and can easily be found at most grocery stores. You could also use olive oil, but it already has its own particular odor and so detracts from your creation.
The key to deciding what to use is what effect you are going after. If you are looking to prepare a massage oil that will be relaxing for the body than you will want to combine your carrier oil with the essential oils of rosemary, lavender and bergamot. For tired feet, add spearmint, wintergreen and rosemary essential oils to your carrier of choice. Or perhaps the oil you are preparing is to restore beauty. It is to help keep skin limber and silky smooth. This is better done with the essential oils of lavender, rosehip, palm rosa, and patchouli.
It’s very easy to combine essential oils to make a variety of mixes to serve a variety of purposes. Massage therapy has so many functions, can serve so many uses for your body, that you may want to make several different bottles of oils depending what you want to use them for.
Is your skin dry or oily? Do you have classically sensitive skin that is easily irritated by new things or maybe you suffer from acne? You can still have a luxurious massage anytime by mixing up the right combination of carrier oil and essential oils. Remember that which you may combine for cosmetic use does not work for massage. You want oils that will assist with movement along the body as well as allow the oils to be absorbed into the skin.
Once you have chosen the essential oils you want to use be sure to store them in bottles made of dark glass. This protects the oils and prevents the light getting to them and causing the oils to degrade. As well vitamin E added to your mixes helps to preserve them.
The most common essential oils to use for mixing your own massage oils are lavender, eucalyptus, sage, white birch, sandalwood, and bergamot. These help with the aches and pains of muscle sprains, aid with relaxation, alleviate muscle fatigue, and act as a natural decongestant. Then there is chamomile and tea tree that tend to assist with more mundane problems like athletes foot and earaches.
Massage oils are so easy to make. There are many websites on the Internet that will tell you what ingredients to purchase depending on what results you are hoping for. You can find sites with recipes, choose your desired outcome then go to your local grocery or health supply store. Another important factor when preparing your own massage oils is that you only require a few drops of each essential oil in your carrier base. You always want to keep your oils as fresh as possible and it is really better to make them just before you are ready to use them.
Massage oils can also be used in your bath and will have the same effects of relaxing, pain relief or give you that general feeling of well-being. You can even use your massage oils, blended with a little distilled water, to make sprays to act as a room disinfectant.
You must be certain that you have no contraindications before using these mixes as some can affect persons with high blood pressure or cause an interaction with medications you are taking causing them not to work properly. But overall these massage oils are not only safe to use but fun to combine to get the best results for your body and soothe your soul while not emptying your wallet.