- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Massage - Healing essential oils and beneficial carrier oils gently sooth away pain.
Massage using essential oils is one of the most useful and therapeutic applications combining the power of touch with the healing effects of both the essential oils and in some cases the carrier oils themselves. We all use massage in one form or another, we rub a bruise, a mother rubs it better and we hug when distressed. In some instances the “massage” is to ease the area or muscle, but other times it is just to impart a feeling of mental well-being which can result in the experiencing of relaxation.
The physical effect of massage is the relaxation of tight or cramped muscles. The cause can be injury or mental tension which can manifest itself as a tensing of the actual muscular structure.
We all, from time to time, suffer from mental tension or stress and a warm massage of the shoulder and neck area can work wonders.- here we are considering the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
The skin absorbs the oils very easily and no more than 3% of essential oil should be added to the carrier oil. Unless you are treating a specific area (injury) then the back presents the largest area of skin and allows you to get sufficient essential oil into the body.
When selecting a suitable oil always ensure it is cold pressed and does not contain any additives. You can use Soya, Sunflower or Safflower although Sweet Almond and Grapeseed are more commonly used. I personally prefer to use a carrier oil that can also offer a positive effect such as Peach Kernel, Apricot Kernel or Avocado which helps dry and aging skin. A very positive oil is Rose Hip or Argan Oil which works wonders on damaged, scarred skin although it is rather expensive. Olive oil has many therapeutic properties but a rather high odour which can overpower the essential oil. Do not mix too much at a time as it can become rancid. To avoid this add up to 25% Wheatgerm oil which will act as an anti-oxidant and at the same time works in a similar way to Rose Hip oil when dealing with facial or body scarring following operations or acne. There is nothing wrong with buying the common ones from grocers but just remember my opening paragraph.
Essential oils to use
The most versatile oil is Lavender but try to buy the best you can afford and generally try to avoid Lavendin which is a hybrid and lacks some of the relaxing effects of true Lavender.
For muscular pain, stiffness and fatigue then Black Pepper oil (with care as some people can find it an irritant) perhaps combined with Rosemary and Marjoram can help enormously. Where the problem is stress related then the following can be used – Geranium, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Thyme and Lavender.
You cannot over massage, but keep it gentle and, if possible, in a calm environment.
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wrinkles are caused as we become older and the skin loses its elasticity also by overexposure to the sun. This can be helped with a combination of essential oils and certain carrier oils. In addition various herbs, vitamins, minerals and trace elemen
Backache and Lumbago
- Backache or Lumbago You can reduce the pain and stiffness
Backache can be helped by massage with essential oils together with the use of pain killers. These oils help reduce the inflamation and pain deep in the muscles.There are some dietary and herbal remedies
© 2012 Peter Geekie