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Indulge in aromatics

January 27, 2016

Aromatherapy massage is a massage therapy with highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil or lotion.

Essential oils – are comprised of the naturally occurring chemical constituents found in the botanical that they are made from. Essential oils are not oily feeling, are highly aromatic and are much different from carrier oils.
Carrier oils – Carrier oil, also known as base oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil into the skin.

Workings

Our sense of smell is one of the most subjective senses we have. We associate odors with our feelings and memories. The best way to experience all of the notes of a blend or oil is to place one or two drops on a perfume blotter or cotton ball and inhale.

Top notes are the first impression of an aroma. They are usually light and sharp, and evaporate quickly, sometimes within 5 – 10 minutes. Sniff your blotter right away to pick up on the top notes. Some essential oils that are considered top notes are: citrus oils (orange, lemon, grapefruit), neroli, peppermint, and eucalyptus.

The next aroma that you will experience is the middle note or the body of the oil/blend. These notes are the main part of the aroma and may last up to 2 hours. Some popular middle note essential oils are clary sage, geranium, tea tree, and juniper.

The final note to an aroma is the base note. Sometimes referred to as the dry out note, fixative note, or bottom of the aroma. These will start to appear within a couple of hours of putting the oil/blend on the blotter, and can sometimes last for up to a day. Some classic base notes come from vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli, and ylang ylang.

Every aroma combination or single essential oil has elements of all three notes (top, middle, and base). A particular oil may be classified as a top note, but will still contain some characteristics of the other two, all working together in harmony.

Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipe

This basic aromatherapy massage oil recipe acts as a wonderful lubricant for massage while also diluting the concentrated essential oils for safe application to the skin. The carrier oil also helps to nourish and moisturise the skin.

  • 1 ounce carrier oil
  • 10-12 drops essential oils. Select oils that will complement the intention of your massage.
  • 3-4 drops of vitamin e oil ( optional )

Instructions:
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, add carrier oil or herbal infused oil, and roll bottle between palms to blend oils. Shake well before each use and massage into skin.

Here are some aromatherapy massage oil blends to suit your needs.

Relaxing massage blends

  1. Recipe 1
  • 2 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops rose oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • (blend with 20 ml carrier oil for massage)

Can be used effectively as a face and scalp massage. Relieves anxiety.

  1. Recipe 2
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 4 drops rosewood
  • (blend with 20 ml carrier oil for massage)

Especially effective on the neck, shoulders, and temples.

Cold and flu blends

  1. Recipe 1
  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops lavender
  • (blend with 40 ml carrier oil for massage)

Helpful during allergy season. This can also be used in a diffuser or humidifier. It can also be put on a cotton ball and inhaled. Or massaged onto the chest.

  1. Recipe 2
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • (blend with 20 ml carrier oil for massage)

In a burner at bedtime to help combat airborne viral and bacterial germs and ease sinus congestion. Place up to 4 drops of each in a lamp ring, humidifier, plug in scent ball, aroma fan or any other type of diffuser.

  1. Recipe 3
  • 3 drops Tea Tree
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • (blend with 20 ml carrier oil for massage)

A strong anti-bacterial blend, with Eucalyptus to sooth congestion.

Detoxification

  1. Recipe 1
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 4 drops Juniper
  • (blend with 40 ml carrier oil for massage)

Massage onto the body to raise circulation and flush out toxins.

  1. Recipe 2
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Grapefruit,
  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 2 drops Juniper
  • 2 drops Basil
  • (blend with 30 ml carrier oil for massage)

A blend which treats many problems.

Muscle ache

  1. Recipe 1
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Lemongrass
  • (blend with 30 ml carrier oil for massage)

A soothing blend that treats aching muscles and promotes sleep

  1. Recipe 2
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • (blend with 20 ml carrier oil for massage)

A tried and tested blend over the years

  1. Recipe 3
  • 6 drops black pepper oil
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 3 drops ginger
  • (blend with 40 ml carrier oil for massage)

A spicy and muscle warming blend

Stress relief

  1. Recipe 1
  • 3 drops chamomile
  • 3 drops ylang ylang
  • 1 drop jasmine
  • 1 drop rose
  • (blend with 30 ml carrier oil for massage)

A premium blend that centers the heart and puts the mind at peace

  1. Recipe 2
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Myrrh
  • (blend with 30 ml carrier oil for massage)

A blend that is excellent for meditation. Calms the mind, spirit and soul.

  1. Recipe 3
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops sandalwood
  • 3 drops rosewood
  • (blend with 30 ml carrier oil for massage)

A sweet woody essence that calms and relaxes the body.

Note:- Types of carrier oils:

  • apricot kernel oil
  • avocado oil
  • borage seed oil
  • coconut oil
  • cranberry seed oil
  • evening primrose oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • hazelnut oil
  • hemp seed oil
  • jojoba oil
  • macadamia nut oil
  • olive oil
  • sesame oil
  • sweet almond oil

Please be aware of allergic reactions.

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57 Comments

  • Reply J. Elliott on January 27, 2016 says;

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  • Reply Aria on January 27, 2016 says;

    another fantastic post P. Now its Aroma… Lovely..I’m surely going to try the Stress Relief tonight.

  • Reply Kamille Poire on January 27, 2016 says;

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  • Reply Olivia on January 27, 2016 says;

    Love your post! Brilliant as usual

  • Reply Katherine on January 27, 2016 says;

    Thanks again! awesome post! Knew a bit about aroma therapy but so much. A very detailed and comprehensive post.
    Loved reading it.. as usual 🙂

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  • Reply Rachel Cotterill on January 27, 2016 says;

    Stress relief… I think all of us really want that. Aroma therapy is really the best!

  • Reply Grace on January 27, 2016 says;

    Brilliant post. fantastic different aroma therapies..

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    Oooh! I love this. I’m new to essential oils but our office and staff are getting more and more into them. This is such a handy guide! This is bookmarked for sure!

  • Reply Sarah on January 27, 2016 says;

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    Just ordered the spa vapor! Can’t wait to start diffusing. Love the recipes above!

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    Okay, so I am clearly late to the game on this post, but I am so glad I found it!

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  • Reply Melissa J. Bailey on January 27, 2016 says;

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  • Reply Gabriella on January 27, 2016 says;

    Can you give a quick explanation of how to apply the use of these oils. thanks

    • Reply P on January 28, 2016 says;

      Hi Gabriella,
      Everyone is different and even the most gentle oils can still cause a reaction. If you know you’re prone to sensitive skin or skin reactions, always test the oils highly diluted first, then with a lighter dilution.Like I said above, dilution never hurts, so if in doubt, dilute.

      During a massage, Always move toward the heart when working on the arms and legs and avoid a heavy hand, or moving over the spine or other sensitive areas, with too much pressure.

      The best, most effective, and yet gentlest option for how to use essential oils, especially for sensitive skin, children, or elderly, is to apply the oils to the reflex points of the feet, hands, and even ears (still dilute as needed). The feet especially are beneficial because they still quickly the oil into the blood stream, but they are tough enough to make the likelihood of irritation much less if your skin is prone to reactions, and they are easy to cover if you don’t like the aroma or if you’re applying to a child and don’t want them touching it (cover their feet with socks). The reflex points of the hands and feet also correspond to the different areas of the body by way of the nervous system.

      Can be used in a diffuser, or for steam inhalation especially the cold and flu blends.

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