Body oils Skin Care Massage

Almond Oil * Apricot Oil * Grapeseed oil * Hazelnut Oil * Jojoba Oil * Safflower Oil * Sesame Oil *

Massage is an important therapeutic tool in the hands of a talented therapist and results can be amazing. Sadly, most of us do not have access to massage therapy due to financial, time and location restraints. Don't let that stop you from enjoying the benefits though. The blend of the healing touch of massage and aromatic massage oils blends helps make self massage at home a powerful healing modality.

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Massage is a great way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. When applying essential oils to the skin, always dilute with a carrier oil before applying. A good rule of thumb is to use 1-2 drops EO per teaspoon or 5 drops EO per tablespoon of base oil. A 2 percent dilution: 10-12 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) per ounce of carrier. For use on young children and frail adults you want to cut the amount of essential oils in half. Oil blends change over time, some with resinous bases get even stronger. You can use many of the same oil blends you make up for massage in aromatherapy diffusers. Light and heat can destroy some of the healing medicinal benefits of essential oils. Save empty essential oil bottles to store massage or synergy mixes. Most come in dark glass, 1/2 oz bottles with dropper lids.

Carrier oils are an important part of therapeutic aromatherapy. These lightly scented oils complement the scent of the essential oils in the massage blend. With the wide variety of carrier oils available, you are able to pick and choose the ones that best fit your skin type. Unlike petroleum based oils these carrier oils absorb readily leaving skin smooth, soft and healthy. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils and you are on your way to massage heaven.

Almond oil: This pale yellow oil is extracted from the almond kernel and contains glucosides, minerals, and vitamins. Rich in protein, it is great for all skin types. Helps to relieve dry skin, itching, soreness and inflammation. It is truly marvelous as an aromatherapy carrier oil or alone in skin care.

Apricot oil: A little richer than almond, apricot oil makes an excellent choice for moisturizing devitalized, wrinkled skin without leaving an oily feel.

Grapeseed oil: Grapeseed is used as a general carrier oil in aromatherapy and has a nice balance of oleic, linoleic, palmitic, and stearic acids. It is emollient and toning to all skin types and is naturally non-allergenic.

Hazelnut oil: Slightly astringent, good for all skin types. Absorbed quickly into the skin, it has tonifying and astringent action. Good for those with slightly oily skins, dry, devitalized, or sun damaged skin. A lovely carrier oil for aromatherapy skin care blends.

Jojoba oil: Jojoba has a natural affinity to the skin, and is readily absorbed without making the skin feel greasy or tacky nor does it clog the pores. Often used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and as a carrier oil in aromatherapy skin care.

Safflower oil: Safflower oil is used in skin care formulations that treat dry and damaged skin. Pale yellow oil contains proteins, minerals, vitamins. Good for all skin types, highly moisturizing and soothing to the skin.

Sesame oil: Sesame oil is sweet and mild oil as good for skin and hair as it is to eat. Sesame has a mild, yet pleasant nutty aroma that provides a good base for woody and floral aromatherapy notes.


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