Your body and mind need more than sleep to rest and heal. Essential oils are a great way to get that much-required peace and comfort. Among many, sandalwood essential oil is the most widely used option apart from others like chamomile and lavender. Let’s find out 6 best essential oils that you can use for a relieving massage.
6 Best Essential Oils For Massage
Native to Southeast Asian countries, Sandalwood is probably the most popular choice when it comes to essential oils. Among its other important properties, it acts as a sedative, a tonic, as well as a memory booster. For massage, the first two are quite beneficial. As a sedative, the herbal product is very effective sedative on anxiety, fear, and restlessness as it induces calmness and positive thoughts. I like the third property because I like to think it will help my client retain how great our session was. What it does is keep your brain cool and relaxed, avoiding undue stress and/or anxiety.
It’s a very powerful soothing and calming oil, although not as good as sandalwood essential oil. It’s also very versatile in that it can be successfully blended with other fragrances for maximum effect. Compared to perhaps the most popular oils, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, while more expensive, is actually more effective and requires a smaller quantity. It can be irritating to the skin if not sufficiently diluted.
With its sweet, floral and herbaceous aroma, Lavender is the most well-known aroma and is used in everything from potpourri to laundry detergent. It blends very well with other fragrances such as Cedarwood, Clary Sage, and Nutmeg. What makes Lavender so popular? There are myriad reasons for its popularity, but I suspect the most likely reason is that its scent is extremely and immediately calming. In addition, it eases anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. It also induces sleep, so for massage, it is a near-perfect scent.
It is native to Europe and is a cross between spearmint and watermint. Similar in popularity to Lavender, one will find Peppermint in so many products that the list would be prohibitively long for this article. The health benefits is an equally long list. For massage use, it provides relief from depression, mental exhaustion and stress because of its refreshing nature. It is also quite effective for someone suffering from anxiety or restlessness. A little bit goes a long way and too much can actually aggravate the skin.
Extracted from Cedar trees through steam distillation, the aroma of Cedarwood is very earthy and woodsy. It combines really well with lavender as well as sandalwood essential oil. It’s also a great relaxer, reducing anxiety and nervousness.
Being native to the Banda islands in Indonesia, Nutmeg is characterized by the warm and pungent aroma. with a long list of top healing properties, it is an anti-inflammatory, a very potent analgesic. You can also use it as a tonic for your body by reducing fatigue and weakness. Of course, it’s great for relieving depression and anxiety as well.
Garry is a marketing manager and a health enthusiast. He has the keen interest in sharing his knowledge about various essential oils and natural extracts that can help one to live a better life.