Invigorating body rubs with essential oils

Purify, strengthen and energize with essential oils!

Essential Oils

Claudie Gagnon
Claudie Gagnon

15 November 2020

Essential oils have countless wellness-enhancing qualities, including the ability to restore energy and tone your body. They purify the air inside our homes, instilling us with renewed energy.

During the cooler months, your body relies on greater endurance and strength to effectively confront frequent cold snaps and get through winter intact. Let's take a look at a few of the available options.

Grapefruit - Camphor - Rosemary Rub

Some citrus essential oils are known for their ability to tone and stimulate. This is certainly the case for grapefruit, which gives this synergy its sparkling, purifying and invigorating side.

Its light, fruity scent combines with rosemary essential oil, whose herbaceous camphor aromas add a fresh breeze to this aromatic blend. Camphor essential oil, highly energizing and oxygenating, invigorates the entire body.

Grapeseed oil is a so-called "dry" oil because it penetrates deep into the skin without leaving an oily film. It is used here to protect the skin and minimize the risk of irritation. With a fluid texture, it also has antioxidant and regenerating properties that benefit the skin. (2)

Use this synergy to massage the legs from bottom to top. It's great for the arms and torso too. Avoid using it in the evening as its stimulating nature can prevent sleep.

Note: Always consider essential oils' potential contraindications.

Balsam fir - Eucalyptus - Lemon Rub

In this rub, balsam fir essential oil demonstrates its toning qualities by gently stimulating the body. Its balsamic scent envelops the body and its bright forest fragrances will put a lift in your step when you're fatigued.

Eucalyptus has a noticeably refreshing and revitalizing aroma that gives the blend a fragrant, mentholated zing.

Lastly, lemon essential oil eases and energizes, its fragrance evoking the sunny south. It has a mildly stimulating action, for when you're feeling weary and need renewed strength and energy.

Note that lemon essential oil is also known for its skin-toning properties, giving this synergy its ability to invigorate the skin and restore radiance at the same time.

As a vegetal base oil, avocado oil nourishes and protects the skin thanks to its wealth of vitamins—A, B, C, D, E and K—and a variety of fatty acids. Softening, toning, regenerating and moisturizing at the same time, avocado oil also protects your skin from harsh weather conditions that can cause skin to dry out and crack.

Careful! Lemon essential oil is photosensitizing and not recommended for people with highly sensitive skin.

Note: Follow the above rub instructions and observe the contraindications.

Synergies for diffusing: Cypress - Pine - Orange

Rounding out our list of rubs, the following essential oils combine wonderfully to balance energy.

Cypress essential oil is clarifying and lightening. It helps relieve both mental and physical fatigue.

Pine fragrance is recognized as an effective body tonic. This essential oil will revitalize your tired body.

Orange essential oil, with its carefree, fruity, calming and comforting fragrance, brings the perfect balance to this blend of essential oils.

Place this synergy, with around 250 ml of water, in the receptacle of the Aromaforce ultrasonic diffuser.

Do not diffuse continuously. Refer to the instructions that came with the diffuser.

Diffusing this aromatic synergy of pine, cypress and orange, despite the latter's calming properties, is not recommended before bedtime as it could stimulate insomniacs or highly sensitive people.

However, diffusing it in the morning or afternoon will greatly boost your energy levels all day and foster a more restful sleep at night.

In closing, aromatic rubs are truly invigorating treatments. They're effective and pleasant to use to counter drops in energy, recurrent fatigue and a noticeable sense of heaviness in your body.

In addition to stimulating all your senses with their fresh and clarifying aromas, these synergies help recharge your batteries. Diffusing complementary synergies bolsters the effectiveness of body rub treatments.

I hope you have a pleasant olfactory, sensory and bodily experience!

Maillard, Aude. Le grand guide de l'Aromathérapie et des soins beauté naturels. Éditions J'ai lu, 2016.
Faucon, Michel. Traité d'aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : Fondements et aide à la prescription. Éditions