“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” -Buddha
Simply hearing the word is just enough to breathe a sigh of release and relax… just a little.
Because we all know that nothing compares to actually getting massaged from head to toe! Next time you treat yourself to a massage (which should be ASAP by the way), make sure to use one of the BEST carrier oils for massage.
What Are Carrier Oils?
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil made from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, nuts, or kernels.
Each carrier oil has a different combinations of health benefits and therapeutic properties. Depending on the benefit or characteristic being sought will determine the choice of carrier oil.
Benefits of Using Carrier Oils for Massage
Various oils have been used for centuries to spread all over the body before a massage is received.
Originating from India is a 500 year old traditional holistic science known as Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda, carrier oils were frequently used to keep the body healthy and functioning at its best. It’s recommended to give yourself a brief full body massage with carriers oils before bathing or showering to:
- Stimulate body organs
- Promote the flow of toxins to sites of elimination
- Remove excess phlegm and fluids
- Release body tension
- Keep the skin supple and moisturized
Are YOU ready to have a health boosting and relaxing massage using carrier oils?
Let’s check out exactly what oil to use to get your best massage yet!
What are the BEST Carrier Oils for Massage?
Lay back… relax… and enjoy your massage with one of these rich, luxurious, and smooth carrier oils.
Here are the top 5 recommended oils by massage therapists:
#1. Fractionated Coconut Oil
- This health promoting oil leaves skin silky smooth and glowing. Massaging coconut oil regularly on skin also helps reduce inflammation and heal wounds.
- Aside from its anti-aging and skin-healing properties, this oil also stimulates the production of collagen. It is also full of vitamin E, which protects the skin from sun damage.
- The difference between fractionated coconut oil and regular coconut oil is that fractionated coconut oil has had its long-chain triglycerides removed.This makes it less oily and suitable for moisturizing dry skin. It also always stays in liquid form, which makes it useful for massages and self care.
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#2. Apricot Kernel Oil
- This oil is made from the seeds of apricots and is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-aging, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial. It is high beneficial to use on acne prone skin because it is non-irritant and soothing to the skin.
#3. Jojoba Oil
- Detox and revitalize your skin with this light moisturizing oil. Jojoba oil mimics the consistency of our own sebum, which makes it an excellent acne treatment.
- Using this oil will help balance the production of excess oil while also helping to leave your pore clean and clear.
#4. Sunflower Oil
- Balance, moisturize, and fight the signs of aging by using this oil on your skin. Sunflower Seed Oil is known for its hydrating, softening, and skin regenerating properties. It will also prevent the loss of moisture.
#5. Avocado Oil
- Hydrate and renew your skin tone with this rich oil that is teeming with essential and trace minerals. Apply it to your face regularly to reduce pore size and remove impurities.
- Consistent use of this oil can also reverse the signs of aging and improve skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Read More: Avocado Oil
NOTE: Always check to make sure there are no allergies (nuts or other substances) when giving or receiving a massage. Don’t hesitate to call ahead to ask about the ingredients in the massage oil when going to a spa.
How To Use Carrier Oils for Massage
It’s all about the DIY when it comes to the best way to use carrier oils for massage.
It’s incredibly easy to make your own massage oil blend that has even MORE nourishing qualities by adding essential oils!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes:
- Lavender Massage Oil
- Warming Ginger Massage Oil
- 22 Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipes
- Massage Oil for Spider Veins
Touch the body.
Calm the mind.
Heal the spirit.
What is YOUR favorite oil to use for massage?
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