22 Aromatherapy Massage Oils - Free Recipe Guide

22 Aromatherapy Massage Oils - Free Recipe Guide

Creating your own massage oil can be so satisfying and complimentary to massage therapy. Aromatherapy massage oils are super simple to create. If you are new to DIY essential oil recipes, this is a great start!

First, you need to determine what your goals are for the massage oil:

Is it for a full body massage or a specific aliment?

Do you want it to be calming or invigorating?

Are you applying on someone or is it a self massage?

What carrier oils and essential oils do you have available?

Once you answer these questions you should have a clearer idea of what kind of massage oil you want to make.

How to Make Massage Oils

Once you know your goals for your massage oil, you will need to choose a carrier oil for the base of your recipe.

You will also need a glass bottle for storage. I would recommend a glass bottle with a lotion pump so it is spill proof and mess free to dispense your massage oil. Dropper bottles can also be used to dispense your oil.

Next, you can choose what essential oils you want to use in your massage oil. We have 22 Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipes below to pick from, or if you are feeling adventurous you can create your own.

Single essential oil massage oils can be as powerful as any blend, so no need for a recipe here because you will just need the single essential oil and carrier oil of choice. Here are some single oil aromatherapy massage oil ideas to try:

Lavender Massage Oil

- Calming, relaxing, nurtures creativity, promotes well-being, balancing to body and mind, promotes sleep.

Bergamot Massage Oil

- Reduces stress and tension, calming, uplifting, refreshing.

Peppermint Massage Oil

- Invigorating, cooling, pain reducing, improves mental performance.

Clary Sage Massage Oil

- Hormonal balancing, calming mood swings.

Coriander Massage Oil

- Increases energy, relaxing, decreases nervousness, calming, reduces irritability.

Frankincense Massage Oil

- Improves concentration, eases irritability and impatience, emotional balancing, enhances spiritual awareness and meditation.

Eucalyptus Massage Oil

- Respiratory support, analgesic effects, cooling.

Grapefruit Massage Oil

- Balancing, uplifting, eases anxiety, fatigue reducing, appetite suppressant.

22 Aromatherapy Massage Oils - Free Recipe Guide

Essential Oil Dilution For Massage Oils

Dilution is helpful to determine how much essential oil and carrier oil you will need. This is the best way to enjoy your essential oils without being wasteful or overdoing it.

For our massage oils we like to use a 2% dilution. This dilution level is perfect for daily use for teens and adults and is safe for skin.

  • For a 1 oz bottle, you will need 10-12 drops of essential oil total.
  • For a 2 oz bottle, you will need 20-24 drops of essential oil total.

If massage oil is to be used on a child (5-12 years old), person with sensitive skin, pregnant or breastfeeding mother, it is recommend to use a 1% dilution.

  • For a 1 oz bottle, you will need 5-6 drops of essential oil total.
  • For a 2 oz bottle, you will need 10-12 drops total.

Please be sure the essential oils you are using are safe kids or pregnant woman as some oils are contraindicated. These are guidelines only, starting points for you until you see how you respond to the oils, then you can adjust them from there.

Read More: Diluting Essential Oils

Essential Oil Dilution For Massage Oils

Best Oil For Body Massage

Wondering what the best oil is for a body massage? Well, I am sure this is really dependent on the user but for me it is grapeseed oil. I absolutely love this oil! It leaves my skin silky smooth without a greasy feel. It can be used daily, I especially like to use after taking a shower. Plus it is a prefect carrier oil to use with essential oils.

Carrier Oils For Massage

Carrier oils are the base oils in any massage oil. You can use a variety of carrier oils but I recommend starting with just a single carrier oil in your massage recipe. Pick one and give it a try in one of the 22 recipes below.

1. Grapeseed Oil

Rich in vitamins A, E, B, and D plus amino acids and essential fatty acids. These are essential for keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy. Known for its regenerating properties that may help treat sun damaged, dry skin which in turn will help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is a popular carrier oil for use with aromatherapy, providing essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Known for it's skin nourishing benefits and gentleness on skin, it safe for even the most sensitive skin types. It is the perfect cross between not-too-greasy, yet not-too-absorbing oil making it great for massages. Add to your beauty routine to help fight the signs of aging and improve overall complexion. If you have a nut allergy, this oil should not be used.

3. Jojoba Oil

An ideal carrier oil for massage oil recipes. Jojoba oil is actually a wax that is one of the closest things to the natural oils the body produces. Since it is similar to what the body produces, it is absorbs into the skin easily. It is able to replenishes what is stripped away by soaps, shampoos, as well as the elements.

4. Coconut Oil

A great alternative to other carrier oils. Fractionated coconut oil is a light, non-greasy oil that’s odorless. It’s called fractionated because it contains only a fraction of the whole oil, made up mostly of medium-chain triglycerides, similar to those found in your skin’s natural sebum. Fractionated coconut oil makes a luxurious all-over body moisturizer and an economical choice for deep-tissue massage (plus it doesn’t stain the sheets).

Virgin Coconut Oil is different than fractionated coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is usually in a solid form unless warmed, it does make a good massage oil base but tends to be a little greasy and has the coconut aroma which you may or may not want in your recipe. You will need to blend in a glass jar instead of a dropper bottle or lotion pump bottle if using coconut oil as your base oil.

5. Avocado Oil

22 Essential Oil Massage Recipes:

We created 22 Essential Oil Massage Oils you can enjoy with someone or by yourself. These recipes are at 2% dilution for a 2 oz size bottle.

1. Moisturizing Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Best to use after showering or bathing but can be used anytime you need some all natural moisturizing.

2. Breathe Happy Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto chest and neck for respiratory support.

3. Relaxation Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto chest and neck for respiratory support.

 4. "Elevate My Mood" Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on chest and arms for emotional support.

5. Sore Muscle Massage Oil:

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto sore muscles.

6. Stress Free Citrus Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. This blend is phototoxic, please take caution and stay out of sun for 12 hours or more.

7. Sore Joint Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto chest and neck for respiratory support.

8. Headache Helper Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto shoulders, neck and temples (avoid getting near eyes).

9. Ease Tension Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on shoulder, back and arms for relief.

10. Mental Fatigue Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on chest and arms for emotional support.

22 Aromatherapy Massage Oils - Free Recipe Guide

11. Rejuvenating Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on chest, neck and arms for rejuvenating effect.

12. "Pick Me Up" Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on chest, neck and arms for uplifting effect.

13. Stiff Muscle Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto tight or stiff muscles as well as the surrounding area for relief.

14. Deep Sleep Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on chest, shoulders and neck before bedtime.

15. Good Digestion Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Gently massage into abdomen in a circular, clockwise motion, repeat as needed.

16. Goodnight Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on chest, shoulders and neck before bedtime.

17. Monthly Blend Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto lower abdomen area for relief.

18. Post Workout Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto muscles after workout.

19. Good Morning Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto skin after shower for a wonderful day ahead.

20. Youthful Glow Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage onto areas of concern.

21. Romantic Blend For Him Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Masculine aroma that is perfect for a body massage for him.

22. Romantic Blend For Her Massage Oil

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Feminine aroma that is perfect for a body massage for her.

Aromatherapy Massage Oil Printable Guide:

We have the recipes above in a FREE Printable Guide with Labels. It includes the recipes in 1 oz and 2oz sizes at a 2% dilution level. You can get the guide here:

 

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Jennifer Lane

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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