Getting a massage can be a relaxing and calming experience. When you combine massage with essential oils you get the added experience of aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy massage combines all the benefits of a massage with the benefits of whatever essential oil or combination of essential oils are in the massage oil. Different essential oils are used for differing effects in aromatherapy. There are also combinations of essential oils which can elicit different effects on a person.
You can go to a massage therapist for a massage, or you can choose to give or receive a massage with your partner. The choice is yours to make. In this article, I am going to be focusing on aromatherapy massage for those who want to share the experience with a partner at home.
When you choose the right combination of essential oils for the intended purpose you can promote relaxation, stress relief, healing, or romantic feelings.
Essential oils are not really oily in the sense you think of oils such as vegetable oils. They are natural aromatic extracts of the plants from which they get their names.
The first thing you need to do is purchase or mix your own massage oils. If you purchase massage oil just be sure the ingredients are carrier oils and pure essential oils, not simply fragrances added to the oil. This will not have the same effect as massage oil made with pure essential oils.
If you are going to mix your own massage oils there are many recipes freely available on the internet. Be sure and use a cold pressed carrier oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. You will also need dark amber or blue glass bottles to store your massage oils when not in use to preserve them. The light will degrade the essential oils in the mixture.
Here are a few recipes I located online. These use 1 oz. of carrier oil in the mixtures:
- For Sore Muscles- To 1 oz. of carrier oils mix in 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 4 drops of Peppermint oil, 2 drops of Ginger oil and 1 drop of Black Pepper oil.
- For Sleep- To 1 oz. of carrier oils mix in 5 drops of Roman Chamomile oil and 5 drops of Lavender oil.
- For Stress- To 1 oz. of carrier oils mix in 6 drops of Clary Sage oil, 3 drops of Lavender oil and 2 drops of Lemon oil.
- For Romance- To 1 oz. of carrier oils mix in 8 drops of Sandalwood oil and 2 drops of Lavender.
There are many more recipes online that you can try for different effects.
One thing you need to be aware of is that it is not recommended to use full strength essential oils in most instances. Although there are a few essential oils that can be used full strength, the rule of thumb is to know what you are working with and only use essential oils in the manner intended. Get information from a trusted source and then try them out on a small area of your skin before using on a large area. You may be allergic or have a skin reaction to the oils so it is best to try them out on a small area and wait for 24 hours to assure you are able to use them.
Giving your partner a relaxing aromatherapy massage can show how much you care for them. It can bring you closer together and using the aphrodisiac blend for romance mentioned above, it just might bring a new spark into your love life.
Try aromatherapy massage for yourself and let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below.
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