Lavender-Rose Beauty Massage Oil

The more I delve into self-care and self-love, I realize that everything I want, I can have.

Photo by Regina Felice Photography

Whether we believe so or not, we are the ones responsible for our own happiness.

Like most people, I used to think that if I wanted to “be taken care of,” someone else had to do it (a partner, a friend, a family member), but we shouldn’t depend on anything or anyone to take care of us.  We have it all within. Here’s an example: every now and then, I treat myself to an amazing rejuvenating massage with a massage therapist. Of course, there are many benefits to getting a massage from a specialist.  For instance, they can target certain areas that you cannot, and they also know what they’re doing.  But for pure relaxation purposes, a self-gifted body massage is always wonderful too. Going back to my realization about self-care, if I need/want a massage and don’t have a partner/friend/massage therapist, I can still give myself exactly what I need.  It’s pretty amazing. As I mentioned in a previous True You Thursday post, you want to treat yourself like you want a lover to treat you.  Self-gifted massages are a good practice to treat ourselves and our bodies with the love and care we want. You deserve to treat yourself to a nice massage after a long day, even if you wan’t always make it to the spa.  At home, I like to set the mood with candles, incense, and good music to really feel like I’m being taken care of.  Having the right essential oil blend also makes the experience that much more special.
This week, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite oil blends that I use for my oil massages!

Lavender-Rose Body Massage Oil

Photo by Regina Felice Photography

Oil Blend Ingredients:   
  • 1/4 cup unrefined sesame oil, melted coconut oil (let cool a bit before using), or extra virgin olive oil
  • 20-30 drops favorite essential oil (or a combination of a few) – my favorites are lavender, sandalwood, and rose geranium
How-To Use:  
  • Mix oil blend in a small bowl.  Massage oil all over your body in a circular motion or however feels good (feet, legs, stomach, chest, shoulders, neck, head).  Note: I like to sit on a towel to not get oil everywhere.

Photo by Regina Felice Photography


Essential Oils + What They’re Good For

  The great thing about making your own massage oil at home is that you can choose to use essential oils of your choice for a specific healing modality or aroma you’re looking for.  Here are some common uses for essential oils in aromatherapy (adapted from the Natural Health Advisory):
  • SageFights infections, heals wounds, calms indigestion
  • RosemaryBoosts mental activity, relieves stress, works as a natural antiseptic
  • Lavender:  Relieves stress and insomnia, decreases PMS symptoms
  • Rose:  Clears skin, reduces scars/wrinkles, alleviates muscle tightness
  • Peppermint:  Clears respiratory passages, decreases indigestion and nausea, eases headaches
  • Lemon:  Fights fevers, boosts immunity, clears respiratory passages
  • Orange:  Functions as an aphrodisiac and antidepressant, decreases inflammation/pain
  • Cucumber:  Detoxifies and moisturizes skin, decreases eye puffiness, relieves stress and calms
  • Cinnamon:  Reduces nervousness, improves circulation, relieves join pain
  • Star Anise:  Relieves stress and arthritic pain, helps with gas
  • Eucalyptus:  Clears respiratory passages, eases muscle and join pain, eliminates lice
  • Chamomile:  Functions as an antidepressant, reduces nervousness, tones skin
  • Vanilla:  Functions as an aphrodisiac and antidepressant, relieves stress
  • Jasmine:  Relieves muscle spasms, reduces scars, decreases PMS symptoms
  • Tea Tree:  Works as an anti-fungal and antiseptic, heals wounds

What’s your favorite essential oil blend?  Post in the comments below!

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