Essential oil synergies for massage

Winter is slowly melting away: the sun is brighter and higher in the sky, proof that spring is just around the corner.

Essential Oils

Claudie Gagnon
Claudie Gagnon
@AVogel_ca


17 March 2020

Your body, like your mind, needs a little help easing into spring. The return to longer, brighter days and warmer temperatures provides many opportunities to pamper and re-energize yourself when you need it.

One blissful and pleasant way to use essential oils is in massage: it's the perfect way to re-energize yourself and give your well-being a boost, not to mention being a natural way to harmonize body and soul. On their own, essential oils have wonderful cosmetic qualities, but blended with the right vegetable oils and used in massage, essential oils also nourish and tone the skin.

Comforting and calming synergy for body massage

Here is a suggestion for a harmonizing essential oil synergy that contributes to a comforting, relaxing massage:

Ideal for sensitive skin, this synergy, blended with a tablespoon (15 ml) of sweet almond oil, gives renewed radiance to devitalized, dull and tired skin. In addition, its properties have protective, softening and soothing effects on the skin. In synergy with the above essential oil blend, it's a treatment guaranteed to appease the senses.

Sweet orange is a citrus essence highly appreciated for its invigorating and relaxing qualities. Its fragrance evokes warmth, sunshine and positive energy. In addition to its undeniable harmonizing side, this oil expresses joy and cheerfulness, making it perfect for soothing away your everyday worries. With its delicately fruity and sweet notes, sweet orange stimulates creativity, enthusiasm and balance, and makes you want to live life to the fullest. Sweet orange essential oil also tones and firms up the skin, a highly prized quality when it comes to massage products.

Ylang-ylang, the essential oil extracted from a stunning tree flower native to Madagascar, is endowed with exotic, warm and sensual aromas. Its heady scent helps you let go, lulls and calms you when you're tense and restores tone and radiance to your skin. Its warm, captivating scent evokes sweetness and sensual delight.
N.B : This very rich, dense essential oil should be used sparingly in a synergy so as not to disrupt the harmony between the different scents.

Geranium has a powerful, striking floral aroma that both soothes and invigorates. Essential oil promotes not only good mood and balance, but also beautiful skin. Its firming and regenerating qualities preserve the youthfulness and beauty of the epidermis.

Contraindications and precautions:

  • Do not apply this synergy to the skin in its concentrated form: sweet orange and ylang-ylang may irritate the skin when applied undiluted.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least six hours after applying—sweet orange is a photosensitizer.
  • Avoid use during the first three months of pregnancy.

Energizing body massage synergy

This essential oil synergy is intended to give strength and energy to the body as well as to invigorate the skin, restoring its radiance and tone.

For use in a massage, combine the above essential oil synergy with one tablespoon (15 ml) of grape seed oil, which is renowned for its ability to penetrate deeply to nourish the skin. Thanks to its antioxidant qualities, it also prevents skin aging.

Rosemary essential oil's stimulating, fresh and camphorated scent invigorates as it arouses the senses. It revitalizes the skin and stimulates its metabolism.

Lemon essential oil has radiant, uplifting and anti-negative properties. Furthermore, it's a renowned skin tonic.

Grapefruit essential oil restores good mood with its sweet, light and sparkling notes, evoking carefree childhood memories. On a cosmetic level, it restores vitality to the skin, irrigating, decongesting and revitalizing it. It also helps to improve tone through its firming action.

Contraindications and precautions:

  • Avoid sun exposure for at least six hours after applying the synergy—lemon and grapefruit essences are photosensitizing.
  • Always dilute essential oil synergies in vegetable oil, as they may cause skin irritation.
  • Avoid using during the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Care must be taken with rosemary, which can be problematic for some people with asthma.

In conclusion, massage is a great way to pamper your body. Essential oils, when part of this treatment, offer beneficial properties that will please both your skin and your olfactory senses.

A good aromatic massage during the transition to spring will help you regain the energy you may have lost over the winter months. As they say, try it, you'll love it!

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