Massage therapists often keep several different massage oils on hand for various complaints and personal scent preferences. This recipe is enough for one full body massage. Make up a custom blend on the spot, or increase the amount of favorite blends to have on hand.
- Vitamin E (Optional. 1-2 drops) An antioxidant, it helps prevent rancidity and prolong the life of your oils.
- Choose 1 or more carrier oils: (2 Tbsp.)
- Sweet almond oil: Nutty aroma. The most popular oil for massage, it is light and thin, flows well on the skin and does not absorb too quickly.
- Olive Oil Pomace: Affordable and odorless. Olive oil is known for improving and strengthening the skin.
- Grapeseed oil: Very little scent. A glossy feeling oil, high in skin supporting compounds and great for balancing oily or combination skin.
- Sesame oil: Strong, nutty smell. Highly prized in Ayurveda, sesame oil is high in beneficial nutrients and has a rich, smooth texture.
- Choose 1 or more essential oils: (6-12 drops)
- Relaxing and soothing: lavender, sweet marjoram, relaxation blend
- Clarifying and balancing: geranium, clary sage
- Romantic and sensual: ylang ylang, sweet orange
- Purifying and cleansing: tea tree, purify blend
- Energizing and uplifting: peppermint, energize blend
- Muscle warming: fir balsam
- Pour 2 Tbsp. carrier oil(s) of choice into an amber glass bottle. The 2 ounce size works well for this recipe.
- Before adding essential oils, if combining more than one, test a drop of each on a cotton ball to ensure you like the scent combination.
- To obtain a basic 1% dilution of essential oils, add 6 drops total. For a stronger 2% dilution, add 12 drops.
- If you are making larger quantities to have on hand, add 1-2 drops of vitamin E oil per oz (or 2 Tbsp) massage oil that will be stored.
- When using new oils, test a small amount on the skin with a Q-tip before a massage and wait a few hours to test for skin sensitivities.
- For immediate use, place a small amount of oil in the palms of your hands to warm it before a massage.
Shelf Life and Storage Information:
Recipe makes enough for one massage. For larger batches, store leftover massage oils in a cool, dark place. Shelf life is determined by shelf life of chosen carrier oil. Also note that the effectiveness of essential oils may begin to diminish after 3-4 months.