Do-It-Yourself Massage Oil
If you like you can actually make your own massage oil. With the right ingredients, putting together your personalized massage oil is as easy as ABC.
First, let us look at the basics. You will need essential oils and carrier oils for starters. Essential oils are concentrated liquids that are extracted from plants. These bear distinctive scents and healing qualities. However, it should be used sparingly, as it is highly concentrated. What you do is to mix it with a carrier oil so that you can make the most out of the essential oil.
Essential oils have a tendency to evaporate quickly. The carrier oils dilute the essential oils to prevent evaporation and also to help the skin absorb the massage oils. There are quite a number of essential oils and carrier oils you can choose from. Just some 8 drops of essential oil mixed with 6 teaspoons of carrier oil, blend thoroughly and voila! You have your very own massage oil. It is important to keep the right proportion. Never increase the amount of essential oil. Some of these are toxic when used improperly.
Some of the recommended essential oils include sesame oil, fractionated coconut oil, sunflower oil, St. John’s Wort and cocoa butter. You can also look into blending in some flower essences like chamomile flower or lavender flower essence.
Use a glass or plastic container to mix the oils. Close the lid tightly and then shake the container. Be sure to blend the oils completely. Then, carefully pour the mixture into smaller bottles or squeeze pumps for easy use. Then store the unused essential and carrier oils properly. The best way to store your oils is to place it in dark blue or dark brown colored glass bottles. This ensures a longer shelf life. Keep the cap screwed tightly and put these bottles in a place out of reach of children.
When touching essential oils, handle with care and keep away from your eyes. If it does come into contact with your eyes, put a few drops of sweet almond oil on the affected area. And essential oils are never to be drank or applied directly to the skin. When using the massage oil, place a few drops of it onto your palm and warm it up before you apply it to your skin.