DIY Massage Oil Made with Essential Oils
Make DIY massage oil with essential oils to soothe sore muscles. Use our essential oil blend or choose from the best oils for massage.
I’ve always been lucky enough not to have back pain unless it’s that time of the month. For me, it’s all in the neck and shoulders, probably from having poor ergonomics while I write. For many, stress equates to tension in the neck and shoulders, and there’s nothing like a massage to help relieve it!
The same can be said for lower back pain, achy feet, or stiff mid-back – massage is the answer.
Who am I kidding? I would enjoy a massage even if I didn’t have any aches or pains. Wouldn’t you? A good massage is known to reduce tension, improve circulation, and relieve stress. And in my experience, when you combine a massage with essential oils, you can knock anything weighing on your shoulders out of the ballpark!
And when you’re short on time for scheduling a professional massage, an at-home massage can make a difference. But, to do the job right, you need massage oil!
Trust me; lotion won’t cut it. It absorbs much too quickly, and you’ll have to reapply it to massage any area constantly. As for body butter, that stuff is fantastic for dry skin but too thick to spread across the skin for a good massage.
The good news is a DIY massage oil made with essential oils is one of the easiest essential oil recipes you can make! And you can modify our massage oil recipe with your choice of the best oils for massage I’ve included below.
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Can you use essential oil as massage oil?
While essential oils can add wonderful benefits to massage, such as aromatherapy, they can not be used alone for massage. For starters, essential oils have no slip, like massage oil does. And secondly, essential oils need to be diluted before applying to the skin. This is where carrier oils come in.
Carrier oils are plant-based and typically unscented or lightly scented. They help spread or carry the concentration of an essential oil across the skin without changing its therapeutic properties. Carrier oils will not only dilute the essential oils in massage oil but will also create the perfect consistency for a massage!
“Okay, so, how do I make my own massage oil?” you ask. It’s quite simple to create your own massage oil. And you really only need two things: carrier oil and essential oils.
What oil is the best for massage? The best carrier oils for massage include:
Each is natural, derived from plants, and has little to no aroma. For this massage oil recipe, I chose fractionated coconut oil. It’s the liquefied version of coconut oil that holds all the same benefits but doesn’t get clumpy or solidified at room temperature. Fractionated coconut oil is nourishing, light in texture, odorless, and tasteless.
(But, if you don’t have FC coconut oil on hand, you can substitute it for one of the carrier oils above.)
Now that you’ve picked your carrier oil, it’s time to choose your essential oils!
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What essential oils are good for massaging?
Whether you want to make homemade massage oil to soothe sore muscles or just for relaxation, essential oils are a must-have ingredient. Many of us know every essential oil has its own benefits and therapeutic properties. So, by blending different variations, you can create a massage oil aimed to decrease stress anxiety or reduce muscle tension and body aches, improve circulation, or even help you sleep better.
Choose essential oils based on your intended purpose for massage from the list below. You’ll find each is the perfect addition to a DIY massage oil. Even Young Living agrees these are some of the best essential oils massage:
Use this printable essential oil blend sheet from the Oily Chic Library to make custom DIY Massage oil recipes.
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How do you make massage oil with essential oils?
It is easy to make a massage oil with coconut and essential oils in just three steps! And by making your own, you have total control over the ingredients. So, you can choose ingredients that are beneficial to your body, skin, and mind. That’s what I love most about essential oil DIYs!
Massage Oil Ingredients:
1 ¾ ounce fractionated coconut oil
10 drops wintergreen essential oil
5 drops copaiba essential oil
5 drops Valor essential oil
2-ounce amber glass dropper bottle
How to Make Massage Oil:
- Remove the dropper top from the bottle and add 10 drops of wintergreen essential oil, 5 drops of copaiba essential oil, and 5 drops of valor essential oil.
2. Using a mini funnel designed for small bottles, pour 1 ¾ ounce of fractionated coconut oil into the bottle. (Note this will not fill the bottle, as we need to leave room for the dropper).
3. Remove the mini funnel and place the dropper on the top. Twist it securely close and simply shake the bottle to thoroughly blend the essential oils into the carrier before using.
This DIY massage oil’s silky smooth consistency feels incredible on the skin and is so easy to make you have to share it! Massage oil makes a clever gift for anniversaries, weddings, valentines, or just because – don’t you agree? You might just receive a massage in return.
MORE ESSENTIAL OIL DIYS:
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Pin this 3-step essential oil massage oil recipe now, and don’t forget the free printable chart above! Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us.