Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil

Make your own unique blend of Natural Massage Oil at home!
There are so many Commercial Massage Oils on the market these days. They can be either Mineral Oil or Natural Oil based, scented or unscented.

Nothing wrong with Synthetic Mineral Based Massage Oils, they have a long shelf life, they can provide a good lubrication and they cannot be absorbed by the skin. They are just simple lubricants, unscented ones are even hypoallergenic.

Natural Oils can be absorbed by the skin, unlike the Mineral Ones. They contain Fatty Acids and Vitamins essential for the skin. People with nut allergies should not use most of the Vegetable Oils. We have to be careful choosing Natural Based Massage Oils, especially if they are containing Essential Oils, they can be allergenic also…

 But, on the positive side, considering the fact that Natural Oils have been used in Massage Therapy for thousands of years, from ancient Greece and Egypt to China and India, and they are highly beneficial to the skin (I hope so) if you don't have allergies ...
If you're allergic to nut, try Jojoba Oil, best lubricant ever, this is actually a Natural Liquid Wax, a little pricey, yes :(, but it's very stable and, according to my knowledge, hypoallergenic. Anyway we all make our choices and my choice is - if I can use Natural I'll use it...
Creating your own Massage Oil Blend is really easy and inexpensive.

How to make your unique Natural Massage Oil at home ?

1. Choose a good lubricant - mix your own Blend using Carrier Oils (Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Apricot, Grape-Seed, Safflower, Sesame, Wheat Germ, Olive, Jojoba and Peanut Oil)

2. Add Essential Oil for a pleasant scent and relaxation, or maybe energy - but! please be careful using them, they are very concentrated extracts, which can be very powerful and dangerous.

Today I am going to share the recipe of my Favorite Blend - Homemade Chamomile Massage Oil.

If you prefer a solid Massage Bar, please check out the recipe of the Lush Inspired Therapy Massage Bar or my Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar. Cocoa based Solid Massage Bars are not greasy at all, really convenient, easy to make.

First of all, I suggest choosing cold pressed Vegetable Oils and 100% Pure Essential Oils.

The best natural lubricants are Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Rice Bran Oil. They are slightly oily, absorbed quickly, but not so quickly that you need to keep reapplying it.
Olive Oil is another good choice, but it is much heavier and greasy. I like to blend it with the light weight Oils 1:6. For example, Herbal Extracts in Olive Oil – 1 part, Blend of Kukui Nut, Sweet Almond and Rice bran Oil – every Oil 2 parts (to find out how I've made my Herbal Extracts in Olive Oil, please click on the "Herbal Extracts" link). Sometimes I substitute Olive Oil for Sesame Oil, but be careful if you do not like the smell, unrefined one has really heavy scent, and you cannot kill it using EO.

Usually I am adding a little bit of Wheat Germ Oil (less than 3%), it is rich in vitamin E, but really heavy and greasy. For quick absorption in areas like chest and neck, I like using light oils like Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba. If you want your Massage Oil to stay on the skin for a long time, add a good amount of heavier oil like Olive, Sesame, Soybean Oi.

In general, I suggest using 1 part of greasy Oils (Olive, Sesame, Coconut, Soybean) and 6 parts of light Oils. But! You can play with your ingredients, adding Oils, trying out the mixture and tweaking it away if your skin do not like it...

However if you‘d like to use Essential Oils in your Massage Oil Blend, please be careful, because they have so many different benefits and side effects. If you've decided to use EO, please check out their properties.

Remember! - EO like Orange, Lime, Lemon, Peppermint and Eucalyptus can be toning, energizing, while Lavender, Chamomile and Vanilla are more relaxing.

You can try different combinations each time until you find the perfect blend for your relaxing and therapeutic massage.

For newbie’s in EO I suggest checking this Rainbow Meadow Essential Oils Calculator, very useful...

Homemade Chamomile Massage Oil
It is paraben free, water free, naturally fragranced Massage Oil...

Basic Ingredients (no water phase) enough for 6 applications:
Chamomile Infusion in Olive Oil – 4.5 ml (7%)
Wheat Germ Oil – 0.5 ml (0.7%)
Kukui Nut Oil – 10 ml (15%)
Rice Bran Oil – 25 ml (38.5%)
Sweet Almond Oil – 25 ml (38.5%)
Vitamin E – 5 drops
Chamomile EO – 3 drops

Chamomile Infusion in Olive Oil has a very strong floral scent, so as Chamomile EO. They provide a relaxing effect on the skin and muscles… Olive and Wheat Germ Oils are greasy, thick Oils, they prevent quick absorption by the skin, the first one is rich in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, and the last one is rich in Vitamin E and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. Kukui Nut, Rice Bran, Sweet Almond Oils are light weight Oils, good lubricants, rich in both Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids..

Instructions (no water phase):
Mix all the Oils in a sterilized dark bottle (do not heat!), add EO and Vitamin E, stir well…

Shelf Life:
About three month in a dry, cool place in a dark bottle. Pump container will keep your mixture safe from oxidation and contamination. Store away from the light.

How to use:
I like using this Chamomile Massage Oil warm, it spreads very easily. But! Please do not boil the Oil! Just put the bottle (preferably glass bottle) in a pan of hot water on the stove for two-three minutes.
Always apply it to clean dry skin for the maximum effect.
Make sure you like the smell. It retains the fragrance for a long time. I smell the Chamomile scent on my skin the next day.

Enjoy :)

You may like

Lush Inspired Therapy Massage Bar
Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar


2 comments to "DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil"

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November 24, 2014 10:16 AM

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