Did you know that the use of massages with essential oils has been practiced since ancient times? The reason for their extensive use can be found in various benefits.
For example, they are often used during massages to relax the body and mind and have the one receiving the massage completely forget about their problems. But this is just one of the benefits and many more can be found all around us.
Within the world of aromatherapy, many essential oils can be used which give us several benefits for our body. One of the most spread out is the Palo Santo essential oil. It can help people with allergies but it can also be used for stress release and to relieve muscle aches after exercising or working. It also has large amounts of limonene which is a strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal agent, ideal for purifying the air in our home and relieving our body.
What oil is used on our skin?
If what you want is to have your own oil to perform de-stressing or relaxing massages, it is very easy to do it yourself. The simplest way is to mix a vegetable or neutral oil, it can be almonds or coconut that are good for our skin, with the essential oil of your choice. These are lipophilic and can be perfectly diluted in vegetable and fatty oils are perfect vectors for skin use.
Here are some examples of essential massage oils you can select from:
Relaxing massage oil: citrus (Palo Santo, bergamot, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, etc.), lavender, marjoram, or petitgrain
Sensual massage: ylang ylang, ginger
Muscle massage: Palo Santo, wintergreen, rosemary camphor, noble laurel
Toning massage: lemongrass, cypress, rosemary cineole essential oil
Detox massage: junipe, lemon, rosemary verbenone
Fortifying massage: Palo Santo, ravintsara, eucalyptus globulus, fir, hemlock
The concentration of essential in a massage oil varies depending on the type of massage and the effect you want to achieve.
For a massage oil that is applied to the whole body, it will be enough to mix 10 drops of essential oil with 20 drops of vegetable oil. When you have the mixture applied in the body area and we begin to massage in a circular way, remember this mixture is for a specific and local massage, such as in the case of a respiratory affectation (back and chest massage) or infection (massage of the belly and kidneys), a circulatory massage (foot and/or leg massage), an “anti-cellulite” massage (thigh massage, buttock massage, belly massage, arm massage).
You can also create synergies by mixing various vegetable and essential oils or even add cosmetic active ingredients to your preparation, such as Bisabolol (soothing) or Vitamin E (antioxidant).
The vegetable oils that you can use as a base for your essential massage oil are:
- sweet almond
- wheat germ
- inca inchi
- Black seed
- pumpkin seed
- Grape seed
- rice bran
Can I have self-massages?
Self-massage can be used to fight stress, insomnia, fatigue and pain, there is something for everyone! This ancient technique gives you sensations worthy of a weekend in the spa. Just your hands and a few well-chosen essential oils are enough for an optimal moment of relaxation.
Self-massage can be done every day, when you wake up to stimulate your body or before bed to help you relax and fall asleep. As part of a sports effort, it is advisable to wait until the end of sweating. You can also perform self-massage in the office, against fatigue and stress.
There are several movements to know to achieve an effective self-massage, depending on the desired effects.
Effleurage: to start the massage, the pressure on the skin is weak.
Friction: for deep massage and pain relief.
Tapping: to prepare the body and muscles for physical effort.
Kneading: for drainage and stimulation of blood and lymphatic flow
Self-massage can be useful in all kinds of situations. Adding the appropriate oil, it is a true therapeutic supplement.
There are some methods to help ease the sensation of pain. You can use the essential oil of Palo Sant, or Mint or Tropical Basil, two analgesic and anti-inflammatory substances diluted in Macadamia vegetable oil for self-massage.
Self-massage can stimulate you in case of fatigue. To wake up well, vary the techniques and favor the most energetic: tapping and friction.
Complete with anti-fatigue essential oils and let’s go!
Lemon contains tonic active ingredients. Wake up and promote concentration.
Palo Santo has energizing effects and the essential oil of Scots pine helps to tone it.
5 drops of rosewood essential oil
20 drops of Scots pine
15 drops of lemon oil
25 ml of macadamia vegetable oil
Mix and massage for 5 to 15 minutes, focusing on the torso and the hollow of the wrists.
15 drops of Palo Santo
5 drops of lemon
15 drops of Scots pine
25 ml vegetable sesame oil
Mix and rub the soles of the feet and wrists.
Against stress, nothing could be easier
Massage your forehead and sides of your nose with your fingertips in small circles for 5 to 15 minutes.
For smooth skin, massage with sweet almond vegetable oil
For greater effectiveness, inhale a few drops of Palo Santo essential oil
To reduce cellulite embedded in the thighs or stomach, massage is essential. In fact, it helps you drain and dislodge fat.
5 drops of wintergreen essential oil
5 drops of lemon essential oil
10 Italian Helichrysum essential oil
10 ml Calophylle vegetable oil
20 ml of apricot vegetable oil
Massage while kneading the affected parts. The message must belong but gentle to be effective.
In the case of sleep disorders, self-massage with essential oils can be a true ally. To fall asleep more easily, promote effleurage and kneading.
Since the inability to fall asleep often comes from stress, Roman chamomile and Palo Santo is a calming and calming essential oil. Mix 4 drops of essential oil in sweet almond vegetable oil.
Apply as a self-massage to the torso, wrists, and soles of the feet for 5 to 15 minutes. For more information on palo santo essential oil visit >> EcuadorianHands
In sports recovery, self-massage must be done in-depth. It favors the friction of the thumbs and the intense pressure. Always massage from top to bottom, toward the heart, to help return blood flow.