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Massage - Healing essential oils and beneficial carrier oils gently sooth away pain.

Updated on September 27, 2016
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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.

Carrier oils

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.

© 2012 Peter Geekie


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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Ruby H Rose,

      Thanks for the positive comments. As I mentioned massage is so much like "mummy rub it better" that we had as a child and we all remember how well that worked. Up and playing again in minutes. In adult life it's not quite that simple but massage really helps us to cope with pains of life.

      kind regards Peter

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I of ten use almond oil, didn't know about rose hip oil, gonna get some now. I massage with lavender and rose aromatherapy combinations most of the time. Gotta get some of the wheat germ in there. The rose balm I have is really helping with scaring, to some degree. But then I don't buy anything expensive. Thanks for the stress relief list of Geranium, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Thyme and Lavender. Great hubs.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thank you Ranjan, I am a great believer that the carrier oil is almost as important as the essential oil. My work took me to various native areas and I learned a great deal from them.

      I will follow your hubs with great interest.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peter, very good tips. The tips about using cold pressed oils, the 3% addition and finally to rub or massage it in lightly.

      We have all massaged ourselves almost as a reflex action whenever we have suffered a strain or pull and this essential oil massage is just an extension of that.

      Wonderful points. Voted up, useful.