Massage using essential oils in the massage oil is a very pleasurable and healthy way
to enjoy your scents, and rejuvenate at the same time.
The vegetable (or fruit) oils ease the masseur's hands in gliding over the skin.
You can purchase the carrier oils at your local grocery or health food store and add your
favorite essential oils to them much cheaper
than buying commercial massage blends.
Keep your carrier oils in a cool, dark place. Try to get cold or warm pressed oil when possible.|
|Almond||This oil has a delicate nutty odor and is slighty sticky.|
|Apricot Kernel||This oil tends to be a little pricy, and is similar to almond oil, but with a lighter scent and texture|
|Avocado||Rich and dark colored, loaded with nutrients and good for dry skin.|
|Coconut||Tends to be semi-solid at room temperature, little scent.|
|Cocoa Butter||Made from cocoa beans--think chocolate! Thick and strong scent.|
|Corn||Most corn oil is heavily refined.|
|Grapeseed||Odorless, with a light scent and texture.|
|Jojoba||Actually a wax that is chemically very close to sebum, the human oil produced by the skin. Pricey, but melts
into the skin and doesn't leave an oily residue.|
|Olive||This dark green oil tends to overpower essential oils, so use it lightly in a blend with other carrier oils.|
|Safflower||This oil has a light, fruity odor but tends to oxidize, so keep it in the fridge.|
|Sesame||Has a strong smell! Much used with Ayurvedic (healing tradition from India) medicine.|
|Soy||Tends to be a highly refined oil.|
|Sunflower||This oil gives a very nice "glide" in massage.|
|Wheatgerm||Thick with lots of nutrients. Dilute with other carrier oils.|