10 Effective Essential Oils For Massage

Our life has become fast-paced and in order to cope up with the fast-paced life, our body has to go through a lot of wear and tear every day. You may feel tired and stressed out after a day’s hectic schedule. But don’t worry, you can always look out for essential oils for your rescue. A good massage with essential oils helps to rejuvenate your mind and body.

How Do Essential Oils Work For Massage?

Essential Oils, when combined with carrier oil work wonders on your mind and body. Thus essential oils are widely used in Aromatherapy. A good massage with essential oil helps to increase blood circulation, rejuvenates your mind and stimulates the body to release toxins. Let’s have a look at some of the best essential oils for body massage.

10 Best Essential Oils For Massage

A good massage with essential oil not only exhilarates your body but also helps to bring mental clarity, gets rid of pain, stress, depression, fatigue and tiredness.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Oil is extracted from the flowers of Lavandula angustifolia. Lavender Oil has got a refreshing, sweet and subtle aroma, it smells more like camphor. Lavender Oil blends well with cedarwood, clary, sage, geranium, pine and all citrus oils.

Benefits

Lavender Oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, helps to control dandruff and prevents many scalp infections. Lavender Oil, when mixed with almond oil, helps to keep your skin hydrated and making it soft and supple. Lavender Oil can be used in a diffuser or you can add a few drops of it, to your bathing water to enjoy its refreshing aroma which helps to get relief from headaches, stress and tiredness.

How To Use

  • Take 2 drops of Lavender Oil and 2 drops of Rosemary Oil and blend it well with 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Massage gently on your body to get relief from body aches and muscle pain.

Are There Any Side Effects

Lavender Oil is generally considered safe, but it is not recommended for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Read More: Benefits & Uses of Lavender Oil

2. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil is extracted from the resin of Boswellia carteri tree. It has got a fruity, sweet and earthy aroma, with a warm spicy undertone. Frankincense Essential Oil blends well with all the citrus oil as well as sandalwood oil, Lavender Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Peppermint and Ylang Ylang Oil.

Benefits

Frankincense Oil is used for treating various kinds of respiratory diseases like asthma, cold, cough and bronchitis etc. Its enchanting aroma helps to get relief from stress, depression and anxiety. It helps to reduce stretch marks and acne scars. It also helps to get rid of joint pain due to arthritis.

How To Use

  • Take 6 drops of Frankincense Oil, 3 drops each of Lavender Oil and Peppermint Oil and 3 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil.
  • Mix all the ingredient well and store it in a dark bottle.
  • And gently massage this oil on the affected part for 15-20 minutes.

Are There Any Side Effects

Frankincense Oil or any other essential oil should not be taken internally as it can cause various health hazards like nausea, vomiting, headache. Undiluted Frankincense Oil can cause skin irritation and allergic reaction.

3. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Oil is extracted from the rind of ripe and unripe Bergamot fruit. It has got a fruity, sweet and citrusy aroma with a warm and spicy undertone. Bergamot Oil blends well with cypress, clary sage, geranium, mandarin, orange, rosemary, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.

Benefits

Bergamot Oil is useful for treating stress, depression, anxiety, various types of skin infection like eczema, psoriasis and anorexia. It has got an antiseptic property which is useful for treating acne, minor cuts and wounds.

How To Use

  • Take a few teaspoons of coconut oil and add a few drops of bergamot oil and blend it well. Try this simple and unique blend to get relief from headache and joint pain.

Are There Any Side Effects

Bergamot Oil can cause skin burns or skin irritation when used on sensitive skin due to its phototoxic effect.

4. Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin Essential Oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit. It has got a sweet, citrus and subtle aroma which is very refreshing. It blends well with almost all citrus oil such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, neroli and other essential oils like cinnamon, frankincense, lavender, clary sage and nutmeg.

Benefits

Mandarin Oil helps to promote blood circulation and improves digestion. It has got an antiseptic and antispasmodic property. Mandarin Oil is very effective in stress, anxiety and fatigue. It helps to induce good sleep. It helps in tissue regeneration, thus effectively reduces scars and blemishes.

How To Use

  • Dilute 5 drops of Mandarin Oil to 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and apply all over your face and neck and gently massage for 5 minutes.

Are There Any Side Effects

Mandarin Oil is highly phototoxic and can cause skin rashes and other allergic reaction when exposed sunlight.

5. Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Oil is extracted from the stem and leaves of the plant by the process of steam distillation. Geranium Oil has got a strong, floral aroma with a hint of mint. It blends well with cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, basil, bergamot, carrot seed, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, rosemary oil.

Benefits

Geranium has got antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property due to which it is used in treating acne, cuts, wounds, eczema, dermatitis. It helps to get relief from stress, tension and anxiety. It acts as a natural insect repellant. It has a balancing effect on hormones.

How To Use

  • Take 5 drops each of Geranium Oil and Lavender Oil.
  • Add 2 tablespoons each of grapeseed oil and almond oil. Blend all the ingredients well.
  • And your soothing body massage oil is ready which can be used to rejuvenate and refresh your mind and body.

Are There Any Side Effects

Geranium Oil is generally mild, but it is known to cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. Due to its balancing effect on the hormone, it is not advisable to use for pregnant women.

6. Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Oil is extracted from the sandalwood tree by the process of steam distillation. It has got an enchanting fragrance which is quite exotic, woody and subtle. Sandalwood oil blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, Rose, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang and Vetivert.

Benefits

Sandalwood oil is has got anti ageing properties due to which it effectively reduces wrinkles and fine line. It helps to moisturize dry and dehydrated skin and its astringent properties help to tone your skin. It helps to induce good sleep. Due to its aphrodisiac effect, it helps to treat respiratory infections.

How To Use

  • Take 10 drops each of Frankincense Oil and Sandalwood Oil, 5 drops of Lavender Oil and 3 tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil
  • Blend all the ingredients well and store it in dark bottle.
  • Massage with this blend helps to relax your muscles and you feel energized and refreshed.

Are There Any Side Effects

Sandalwood Oil should not be taken internally otherwise it is known to cause various health hazards like nausea, vomiting, itching, abdominal pain, blood in urine and even kidney damage.

7. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Oil is extracted from the rind of Lemon by steam distillation. It has got a sweet, floral and citrusy aroma which is quite refreshing and invigorating. Lemon Oil blends well with Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Frankincense, Geranium and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils.

Benefits

Lemon Oil helps to boost energy and uplifts your mood. It helps to increase blood circulation, improves your immune system and an excellent skin tonic

How To Use

  • Take 5 drops each of Lemon, Orange and Cedarwood Essential Oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and to this add 3 drops of Clove Oil and 3 tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil.
  • Blend all the ingredients and massage your full body. This blend helps to ease stress and tension.

Are There Any Side Effects

Lemon Oil is highly phototoxic and exposure to sunlight after its topical application can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions.

8. Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Oil is extracted from the peel of grapefruit by the process of steam distillation. Grapefruit Oil has got sweet, citrusy and an invigorating fragrance which helps to uplift your mood. It blends well with Frankincense, Lavender, Geranium, Basil, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Bergamot and Rosemary Oil.

Benefits

Grapefruit has got anti-inflammatory and analgesic property due to which it effectively treats muscle and joint pain. It helps to increase mental clarity and improves your concentration. It is helpful in clearing chest and nasal congestion. It helps to uplift your mood and eases stress and depression.

How To Use

  • Take 5 drops of Juniper berry oil, 3 drops of grapefruit oil and 1 drop each of cypress, lemon and orange oil.
  • Blend all the ingredients and gently massage into your skin to stimulate the lymphatic system which helps to soothe your strained muscles of joints, thus relieving joint pain.

Are There Any Side Effects

Grapefruit Oil is also known to cause skin allergic reaction when exposed to sunlight. Excessive use can lead to skin sensitization.

9. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil is extracted from leaves and flowering top of Rosmarinus officinalis. It has got a purifying, sharp, woody and camphor-like aroma. It blends well with Peppermint, Geranium, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedarwood, Clary Sage and Chamomile Oils.

Benefits

Rosemary Oil helps to treat various scalp infections and promote hair growth. It helps to improve your cognitive powers. It is helpful in treating various respiratory problems, joint pain, muscle stiffness.

How To Use

  • Take 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil, 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Peppermint Oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and massage on your painful joints to get relief from sore muscle and stiff joints.

Are There Any Side Effects

Rosemary Oil is known to cause irritation when it comes in contact with sensitive areas. It can irritate the mucous membrane and should not be used for kids under 6 years. It is highly potent due to which it is not recommended for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Essential Oils are well known for its therapeutic property, but being highly potent you should be extra cautious while blending essential oils. You can take expert advice if you are a beginner.

10. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Oil is extracted from Mentha piperita by steam distillation method. This essential oil has got a strong, fresh and menthol smell which helps to clear nasal congestion. It blends well with Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Marjoram and Eucalyptus Oil.

Benefits

The refreshing fragrance of Menthol helps to rejuvenate your mind and body. Peppermint Oil helps to treat various respiratory problems. It is very effective in relieving itchiness due to sunburn because of its cooling sensation. It is helpful in treating various skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, acne, ringworm and scabies. It helps to relieve headaches, muscle and joint pain.

How To Use

  • Take 6 drops of Peppermint Oil and 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil mix well.
  • Gently massage this oil on your temples, neck and shoulder to get relief from headache and improve mental clarity.

Are There Any Side Effects

Due to the presence of Menthol, excessive use can lead to irritation in the respiratory passage and cause skin sensitization.

Also read:

Essential oils always need to be diluted in a carrier oil before application on the body. Read here for our general guide to diluting essential oils.

Several natural oils work well as a carrier oil. Coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, jojoba oil are some common oils used as carrier oils to dilute essential oils. These also work as excellent massage oils as standalone. Read about how to best use the popular Castor Oil for massage. Another great carrier oil, the coconut oil, which has been used since centuries in our country and is used in almost every household in the country is great for massage too. Read about how to massage with Coconut Oil.

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