Do you need some ideas on essential oils for your next spa day? Keep reading for some of my favorite options to make a massage blend just for the occasion.
Sometimes I just need to take a breather from life! Ever feel like that? I’m sure you have at some point. It may not seem like it when we see our long to do list, but it’s important to take time out for ourselves. Time to relax, unwind and enjoy some silence. In silence, we can think. We can ponder our life. We can reflect on areas we are doing well in and… others that need some work.
How do you relax?
What are some ways to relax you ask? Great question! I often have to schedule relax time into my day. I can get so focused on getting things in order, that I forget to take care of myself. One way I unwind is to take a hot bath. It’s relaxing for the body, mind and spirit! Sitting by a fire in the wintertime in my living room is another one of my favorites. If I get the chance to take a short nap it helps me de-stress. And one of my favorite ways to relax from time to time is to have my own Spa Day!
Before you think “How much would that cost?” or “I would never have time for that!”, just entertain the idea.
Rather than spending a fortune at a spa, just DIY at home! Get your favorite bottle of wine, some candles, a foot bath, a diffuser and you’re ready to go!
Also, if you do have the time and money, a massage is a relatively inexpensive way to kick off your Spa Day. And the best ones are Aromatherapy massages!
What essential oils are best for massage?
There are so many essential oils that are great to add to massage blends, but how do you know which ones to use? Well, similar to any other blend you create, you want to consider the therapeutic properties first. Are you looking for a blend for muscle pain? Or a blend to relieve stress? Or even a blend for sore achy feet?
You also want to consider the aroma of each component. Since you will be applying the blend topically and most likely to a large area, the overall aroma should be pleasing to the person receiving the massage. Read on for my list of essential oils for spa day!
8 Best Essential Oils to Use for Massage:
Lavender oil is really not a hard sell. It is the most popular essential oil based on its aroma. The safety profile of Lavender makes it appropriate in blends for adults and children. Lavender is known for its sedative properties and ability to reduce pain and inflammation. It is also skin-nourishing and has a calming nature that makes it ideal in a massage oil.
Peppermint is extremely helpful for muscles that are very tight and sore. It has a cooling effect at low dilutions, about 1-2%, that is very soothing. It can reduce swelling and relieve cramps. This oil is especially helpful for sore feet after a long day. Peppermint can irritate the skin in high concentrations so use a low dilution in your massage blend.
Grapefruit oil can be a great addition for several reasons. It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. The bright and fruity aroma it brings can be helpful in easing anxiety and feelings of depression. And a property that is unique to Grapefruit which makes it a great addition is its ability to enhance the absorption of the other essential oils in the blend.
Frankincense is an ideal ingredient in any massage oil. Its strong grounding aroma is a pleasing scent to most. It can alleviate pain and swelling. This oil tones, strengthens and supports skin and boosts immune function. It’s safe to say I use Frankincense in most of my blends!
Rosemary has a warming effect when applied to sore areas of the body. This oil stimulates blood and oxygen flow to tight muscles to help relieve tension. It can also be helpful for those with chronic pain and swelling. The aroma is on the strong side but it can help clear the mind, which is a vital part of an effective massage.
Jasmine made the list mostly for its emotional therapeutic properties. It can relieve depression and fear. It is a comforting essential oil that can help to produce a ‘wind down’ effect when used for massage. Most people love its aroma. It can be an expensive addition, but you only need a minimal amount in any blend…so worth it!
There are several woody oils that would be fine additions to a massage blend but this is a personal favorite! Cedarwood is a grounding essential oil that is comforting and can reduce stress. It adds a quality of strength and stabilizes the massage blend. Its mucolytic and decongestant properties help to open up the sinuses and get rid of mucus in the respiratory tract, so it can be a good addition for allergies or a cold.
Helichrysum is known for its skin-nourishing properties but also helps with pain and inflammation. It has emotional qualities and is helpful in situations of emotional wounds and trauma. Helichrysum is good for the skin as well, tightening and toning areas of tissue when applied topically.
Don’t forget to dilute before applying and check the safety before using on children, pregnant women or adults with certain medical conditions. Many essential oils have relaxing qualities, but in my experience those are the best essential oils for your Next Spa Day!