Feeling tense and anxious of late? Join the club of people in desperate need of a relaxing and therapeutic massage. If a professional spa treatment is out of the question because of time or budget, don’t worry – bring the spa home to you!
All you need is a carrier oil, like almond oil (you can get this very inexpensively at local Arabic grocery stores for instance, or in independent health and whole food stores), or even a good quality cold pressed olive oil. Invest in a few essential oils of your choice (it doesn’t need to be the most potent and expensive flower or herb extract) and you’re good to go.
A citrus aroma (think orange or grapefruit) would work well to lift your mood and to help you feel refreshed, and in the following recipe, orange combined with sandalwood, calendula and geranium this homemade stimulating massage oil is a perfect means to leaving your worries behind!
Sandalwood oil works as base note and fixative for bringing together the other essential oils, and is great for anxiety and healing dry and cracked skin too. The Calendula is perfect for skin healing) and Geranium oil relieves tension. Oh, and just in case you can’t persuade your partner, relative or good friend to help you out with giving you a nice little massage, why not use your wonderfully aromatic massage oil and try a DIY foot reflexology massage? There are numerous websites online to guide you along the essential pressure points of your feet and leaving you pampered and relaxed. Happy kneading!
- 100ml sweet almond oil (carrier oil)
- 20 drops calendula essential oil
- 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 4 drops geranium essential oil
What you’ll need:
- Small bottle (dark glass), sterilised
- Small bowl or jar to mix
- In a small bowl or jug (no plastic containers), blend all oils together.
- Store the oil in a sterilized bottle made of dark glass and keep out of the sun and warm places. Products made with essentials oils should not be exposed to sunlight due to rapid oxidation.
- Use within two months.