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Aromatherapy - Essential Oils Massage

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We all know how powerful ‘touch’ can be. It’s a way of expressing love, friendship, comfort, and the first thing we do when we hurt ourselves is automatically touch that area of our body. Massage is pleasurable because it fulfils our need for soothing touch. Massage and aromatherapy essential oils combined, create one of the most enjoyable and beneficial natural healing techniques that has been around since ancient times.

The act of rubbing aromatherapy essential oils into the skin, allows their active ingredients to pass directly into the tissues of the affected area, while massage stokes work to alleviate pain and stiffness, improve circulation and aid relaxation. Drops of essential oil are added to natural carrier oil and applied to skin areas with gentle rubbing. Massage blends should not exceed 1% concentration of essential oils for adults (one drop in a teaspoon).

While there are many professional massage therapists practising various forms of massage, a quick and easy way to benefit from both massage and aromatherapy essentials oils is to add a few drops of the oil to your usual body lotion or moisturiser, and rub it into the affected area. Always be mindful that essential oils that have not been diluted with carrier oils are very potent.

Some essentials oils work better on certain areas of the body than others. They also take effect faster when applied directly to a pulse point. A pulse point is an area on the body where arteries lie close to the surface of the skin. This is where the heartbeat can be felt. The most easily found pulse points are found on the wrist, at the back of the knee and on the side of the neck.

Aromatherapy essential oil blends can be used very effectively when applied in small amounts on the pulse points. These areas allow the essential oil blend to reach the blood supply more quickly than on fleshy areas, where skin and muscle absorb most of the benefits. Over the years I have alleviated many headaches by applying a drop of lavender oil to my wrists and sides of my neck.

 The choice of essential oils for massage depends on the desired effect. Examples of types of essential oils which assist certain conditions are:-

  • To relax aching muscles – Frankincense, Ginger, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary
  • To ease headaches – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • To ease hayfever – Chamomile, Eucalyptus
  • To clear a blocked nose – Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Ginger
  • To ease a sore throat – Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Tea Tree
  • To ease stomach / period pains – Aniseed, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Lavender
  • To ease stomach upsets – Ginger, Mandarin, Peppermint
  • To improve cellulite - Juniper Berry, Geranium, Rosemary
  • To help oily skin – Cypress, Lemon, Mandarin, Tea Tree
  • To moisturise dry skin – Bergamot, Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood
  • To ease eczema – Chamomile, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender

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