If you want to incorporate the physical and emotional benefits of aromatherapy into a massage session, you may wonder where to begin. Each essential oil comes with its own therapeutic benefits. Lavender is a stress reliever; peppermint is a natural energy booster and so on. With so many essential oils available, it is sometimes difficult to learn which oil is best for your specific needs.
Here is a list of the top essential oils for aromatherapy massage:
Peppermint has a cooling, refreshing effect and is widely used to enhance mental alertness. Peppermint is a perennial herb that boasts natural energy-boosting properties. Peppermint is a treat for tired feet, cooling for athletes or hot flashes, and stimulating for the mind. Additionally, many find it helpful for breathing and focusing. The scent is intense and a little goes a long way.
TEA TREE OIL
There is a very long history of the use of this Tea Tree oil in aromatherapy. The oil may be pale yellow or almost colourless. It has a powerful medicinal smell, a little like Eucalyptus. Tea Tree oil is Antifungal, antiseptic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immuno-stimulant and anti-parasitic!
Eucalyptus oil comes from the Eucalyptus tree, native to Australia. It has a powerful scent and is easily recognizable. As an essential oil, Eucalyptus is an effective agent against respiratory diseases. During cough and cold season, it is a must to have eucalyptus on hand. Not only does it help ward off germs, it eases chest and sinus congestion. There are many, many types of eucalyptus, so investigate the type you are buying and review the benefits and contraindications.
It comes as no surprise that lemon is a favourite essential oil. Lemon is widely appreciated for its clean smell, but has numerous therapeutic qualities as well. It improves concentration, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and arthritis. Lemon oil is a multifaceted essential oil. It helps with everything from skin irritation to digestion to circulation problems. It is a natural immunity booster and can even help reduce cellulite! Lemon oil helps to alleviate headaches and fever, and is a quick mood enhancer. While lemon oil isn’t toxic, it can cause allergic reactions such as rash. It?s not wise to use lemon oil in the sun.
Lavender is an adaptogenic / balancing oil; it does what the body needs it to do. It is very effective for pain relief, insomnia and stress. In addition to stress-relief, Lavender has the following therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative. Discontinue use if you suffer an allergic reaction when using Lavender.
Using Argan Oil for the purpose of aromatherapy involves inhaling the oil, or massaging it in the body for a soothing and calming experience. In fact one could also try mixing a few drops of essential Argan oil in bathing water and taking shower with the same or spray it in the form of room freshener. You would simply love the way it pampers your senses. Argan oil has so many properties that make it a natural remedy to fight infections and bacterial attacks. It has medicinal properties for which it can also be used as an anti-septic for attending to minor cuts and bruises. As an essential oil for aromatherapy it is found to be loaded with components rich in anti-oxidant properties.
Note: Make sure you use a carrier oil along with these oils as some may be toxic and can cause skin irritation if used directly!