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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Ever thought of having regular massages?

I just love massages. There's nothing like a rush of oxytocin and endorphins to relieve physical pain, mental and emotional tension. It would be good to get a massage every single day! There are several benefits of having a massage on a regular basis.

What are the benefits of a massage?

  • Relaxes muscles
  • Eases tension and stress
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases lymphatic drainage
  • Stimulates internal organs
  • Reduces swelling
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Enhances overall well-being. 

To enhance the experience of giving and receiving massages, use a certified organic botanical massage oil (click here). Its natural formula does not contain fragrances, preservatives and yucky petrochemicals. Its all healthy stuff!

Essential oils can be added to the massage oil for a deeply relaxing and invigorating experience. If you don't have a massage oil as a carrier oil for diluting your essential oils, alternative oils such as olive, almond, hazelnut or grapeseed oil, can be used. 

Warning: Do not apply essential oils directly onto your skin without diluting with a carrier oil first as they are highly concentrated! The only exceptions are lavender and tea tree oil.

Use good quality essential oils such as Miessence certified organic oils (click here)
1ml essential oil = 40 drops from dripolator 
So a 2% concentration of essential oil in carrier oil is recommended

I have included some massage blends that you can make up and try for yourself. These blends are for 30ml of carrier oil (6 teaspoons or 1 fl.oz) and approx. 20 - 25 drops of essential oils. If you’re making a mixture for repeated use, you should use the 60ml or 30ml bottle. Measure your carrier oil into the bottle then add the oil, drop by drop. Fasten securely, shake and label clearly. Store out of reach of children.


Aching muscles:
10 drops lavender 
10 drops rosemary

General aches and pains:
4 drops cedarwood
4 drops lavender
6 drops oregano
8 drops peppermint

Asthma (massage formula for children age 2-12):
5 drops lavender
3 drops geranium
3 drops frankincense

Asthma (massage formula for teenagers to adults):
10 drops lavender
10 drops cedarwood
5 drops frankincense

Arthritis Relief:
10 drops Roman chamomile
10 drops helichrysum

Note: Ask permission from your medical advisor to massage directly into the joint area. He/she may suggest you work around it. Massage legs towards the heart.

Back Pain:
10 drops lavender
6 drops rosemary
6 drops sandalwood
3 drops geranium

Feet aching:
8 drops lavender
8 drops eucalyptus
4 drop peppermint

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