Lavender oil is the perfect addition to massage oil to de-stress and relieve tired, tense muscles.
Using lavender oil for massage therapy
A great way of de-stressing and relaxing tired, sore muscles is to indulge in a massage using lavender oil mixed with your usual carrier oil.
Because of it’s relaxing and sedative properties, lavender is the perfect oil to help you switch off and take some time out of your busy schedule.
What are the benefits of lavender oil and massage?
Lavender oil has calming effects on the nervous system - one of the most popular uses for this oil is to aid sleep, insomnia difficulties and for general relaxation.
Touch is one of the most basic forms of comfort and relaxation, especially if done by the trained hands of a massage professional! Because the skin is the largest organ in our bodies, it is also the most sensitive, so the effect of touch can have an astounding effect on our health and wellbeing both physically and emotionally.
If you’re a massage therapist and you use lavender oil on your clients, they will love you for it!
Lavender oil - therapeutic use and benefits
There are so many health benefits to using lavender oil - it eliminates nervous tension, enhances blood circulation and relieves pain, making it ideal to use in conjunction with massage therapy.
This essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant by means of steam distillation. Lavender oil is used very commonly these days - from aromatherapy, bath lotions and soaps, gels and infusions just to name a few.
The aroma of lavender oil has been proven to reduce anxiety and soothe both people and animals. Along with the oil’s calming and muscle-relaxing properties, when used in massage therapy the whole body will benefit.
How do I use lavender essential oil for massage?
You can either purchase a ready made massage oil containing lavender, or you can make your own… it’s so easy. All you need is a good quality carrier oil and a bottle of 100% pure essential lavender oil.
Recipe to make your own lavender oil massage oil
Here’s what you need to make your own massage oil containing lavender:-
- 1 teaspoon base oil (you can use olive, jojoba, sunflower or sweet almond oil)
- 3-4 drops of lavender oil
Simply combine the carrier oil with the base oil. You can always make up a larger batch and store it in a dark glass bottle so it’s ready for massage therapy at a moment’s notice.
Pour some of this lavender massage oil onto your hands, then rub together a little to warm them up. From here you can massage back, shoulders and neck to melt away the days tensions, or apply directly to a sore, aching muscle in need.