MIXING OILS FOR MASSAGE
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When you use essential oils to make your own massage oils or lotions, use a 2 percent dilution in a carrier oil. That may seem like a very weak concentration if you’re accustomed to strongly scented commercial shampoos, hand soaps, body sprays, and other products, but it’s all you need for the effects of an essential oil to be experienced.
If you’re blending a massage oil for use with a child, reduce the dilution from 2% to 1%.
With children as well as adults, avoid using any essential oil know to be a skin irritant.
Here’s a chart that explains the dilutions from Sonoma Press’s book An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.
Use only carrier oils that are 100% natural.
Synthetic carrier oils can block the effects of essential oils. To boost the effects of massage with essential oils that have therapeutic properties of their own.
Combine essential oils with carrier oils by gently mixing them in a small ceramic or glass bowl. Or if you’re combining an essential oil with a thicker lotion, butter, or cream, you may want to use a blender.
After a massage with essential oils, there’s no need to shower.
Allow the oils to be absorbed slowly.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled July 6, 2018