Easy aromatherapy massage recipes you can make in minutes

There’s nothing like an aromatherapy massage to cure what ails you. Or at least make the bad stuff go away for awhile. Life is so challenging these days, we all need to take time out to de-stress both mentally and physically.

Massage is one of the best ways to relieve stress because it promotes deep relaxation while at the same time satisfying our need for caring, nurturing touch. Research shows that massage reduces anxiety, tension, depression and pain. And it dacha relaxation, healthy mental alertness, creativity and general well-being. It even strengthens your immune system!

When you combine massage with aromatherapy, you radically increase its effect. Essential oils are powerful substances that promote healing on many levels – immune-boosting, nerve-calming, muscle relaxing and hormone-balancing to name just a few… the list goes on.

Just for fun, Try this experiment: Get a massage using unscented massage oil, either professionally or from a partner. Then get an aromatherapy massage using one of the recipes below. Note: If you buy massage oil, make sure it’s made with pure, natural essential oils not synthetic fragrance oil. See which type of massage is more relaxing.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily make your own aromatherapy massage oil blend. And with these easy aromatherapy massage recipes, you can have (or give) a massage any time you like, in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Here are a few quick, easy-to-make aromatherapy massage recipes to get you started. Do not be afraid to use essential oils you really love – often, if you’re especially drawn to a scent it’s because your body needs something it provides (hormone balancing, for instance!)

One note of caution: before using any essential oils, do your research! Essential oils are powerful substances and should be treated with respect. Pregnant women need to be especially careful about using essential oils in aromatherapy massage; in fact, it’s recommended that they not apply essential oils to the skin at all during the first trimester.

That said, on to the recipes… Here we go!

Relaxing Lavender aromatherapy blend massage oil

This floral lavender aromatherapy massage oil blend relaxes you inside and out. It works on your nerves, muscles, and hormones to soothe, calm and sedate. A perfect night-time massage, especially if you have insomnia! Note: Omit the chamomile if you’re allergic to ragweed.
24 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops of rosewood essential oil
1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil
1 drop Chamomile essential oil
4 tablespoons (60ml) apricot kernel or Grapeseed oil

Sensual sandalwood aromatherapy blend massage oil

This spicy, sensual aromatherapy massage oil blend warms you up in the very best way! Its soothing yet spicy scent lifts your mood while at the same time easing your tight, stressed out nerves. You’re left feeling warm, relaxed and receptive. Enjoy!

22 drops sandalwood essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
1 drop of Patchouli essential oil
1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
4 tablespoons (60ml) apricot kernel or Grapeseed oil

Caution: Sweet orange essential oil can cause photo-sensitivity and sunburn. Do not use before sun exposure. Ginger may irritate sensitive skin, which is why it’s at such a low concentration. If you’re exceptionally sensitive, leave it out.

Sweet citrus aromatherapy blend massage oil

This happy aromatherapy massage oil blend has a sweet-tart, fruity citrus scent that’s sure to cheer you up. Citrus oils are especially good for lifting your spirits while at the same time taking the edge off your raw, buzzing nerves. Use it when you’re cranky or miserably stressed – the combination of oil and touch is magic!

14 drops of bergamot essential oil
10 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops Palmarosa essential oil
1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
4 tablespoons (60ml) apricot kernel or Grapeseed oil

Caution: Bergamot and grapefruit essential oils can cause photo-sensitivity and sunburn. Do not use before sun exposure.

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. (I suggest using one with an oil or lotion dispenser cap to prevent spillage.)

Wait at least 24 hours after blending to let the flavor ‘cure’. Remember to keep the bottle in a cool, dark place. Use within three month