these essential oil massage blends have the potential to transform an at-home massage from a once-in-a-while-treat into a beautiful daily ritual that will leave you smelling divine. rubbing nourishing, fragrant oils into your skin is a really rejuvenating way to start or end the day.
in the ancient indian tradition of ayurveda (the 5,000-year-old holistic health system and sister science to yoga), there is a daily self-massage technique called abhyanga. according to classical ayurvedic texts, some of the main benefits of anointing the body with oil, including that it:
– improves the skin’s softness + strength
– decreases the effects of aging
– regulates sleep patterns
– stimulates the internal organs of the body
– boosts circulation
personally, i find the best time to massage my skin with oils is just after bathing.
this is a completely optional step, but before you hop in the shower you might like to use a dry brush on your skin to remove dead skin cells, reduce cellulite and support the body’s natural drainage network, the lymphatic system. unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump and depends on movements of the muscles and joints to filter fluid containing bacteria, waste and toxins before it rejoins the bloodstream. to dry brush, start at the feet and work upwards, always making gentle strokes towards the heart.
CHOOSING A CARRIER OIL
in ayurveda, there are three doshas, which are said to explain one’s unique physical, emotional and mental constitution. if you’re curious about finding your dominant dosha, and which oils might be best for your mind-body type, definitely do some googling, there are some great quizzes to help you find your match. all oils provide different benefits. for instance, some oils like sesame are naturally warming, while others like coconut are inherently cooling.
the properties of carrier oils vary, so the choice of a base is entirely up to you. select one based off the benefits you desire—when possible, use high-quality organic, cold-pressed and unrefined for the purest results.
– for dry skin – almond, avocado, sesame
– for sensitive skin – castor, coconut, olive, sunflower
– for oily skin – canola, corn, flaxseed, safflower
3 ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS
on top of a base oil, herbs and spices are often added to amplify desired benefits. in these three aromatic self-massage blends, essential oils are used to provide therapeutic benefits that go beyond aromatherapy. blend your carrier oil of choice in a small jar or roller bottle with desired essential oils. in general, this is a good guide to follow for safe dilution:
1. frankincense, lavender, orange
this trio to creates an uplifting, antioxidant-rich blend to soothe and rejuvenate the skin, diminish the appearance of blemishes and imperfections, ease tension, support healthy joint function and promote a balanced mood and positive feelings of self-awareness.
2. ylang ylang, sandalwood, lime
these refreshing, yet calming oils work together to provide antioxidant support, promote smooth skin, reduce skin imperfections, lessen stress and encourage emotional balance and well-being.
3. geranium, cedarwood, grapefruit
when the warm and woodsy scent of cedarwood is combined with beautifying floral and citrus oils, a clarifying, soothing blend is created to promote a healthy vibrant glow. these light, yet grounding oils come together beautifully to relax the body and soothe the mind.
you may have noticed that each of these blends contains the essences of one fruit, one tree and one flower. this is a great template to follow for mixing and matching oils when you want simple fragrances that are more interesting than a one-note scent.
i hope you enjoy these incredible essential oil massage blends! email me for a 25% discount on the essential oils included in this post!