Massage oil is among the easiest bath and body DIY projects. With a solid base recipe of skin-loving oils, you can modify it with essential oils for all your massage needs. The result? Boutique-quality massage oil to use in the comfort of your home.
At-home massages are about so much more than self-care. Massage offers tons of benefits, from improved circulation to reduced tension and toxin release. Combined with essential oils, the aromatherapy benefits add wonders for your mind as well as your body.
Whether you’re planning to enjoy a relaxing date night with your partner or are looking for a facial massage, the pros are endless. Skip booking an expensive appointment with a professional masseuse. Here’s the easiest DIY massage oil recipe. Modify it with varying oils to create blends for all your needs.
3 Easy Steps to Make a Basic DIY Massage Oil
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Making a basic DIY massage oil recipe is so easy. The process only takes two minutes.
1 ounce (or about 2 tablespoons) of carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, or grapeseed are the best options)
10-12 drops of essential oils (see below for blends/uses)
Amber glass bottle (for storage)
Measure the carrier oil, adding 2 tablespoons to your amber glass bottle. Slowly drop in the essential oils next, and shake the bottle to combine.
Label your massage oil, so you remember what’s in the bottle.
You have tons of options here, depending on the desired outcomes of your massage session. Use this basic recipe to create a face massage oil for sensitive skin, a full body oil massage, or a sensual massage with essential oils for couples. You could even use it as the best baby massage oil by diluting the recipe (based on your child’s age and weight).
I like to use jojoba oil as my carrier and mix it with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils for a sensual and relaxing couples massage (or use the blend below). It’s a great date night. Plus, each of these oils offers excellent benefits for the skin.
Shake the bottle before each use to make sure the oils are well-combined. Apply around a teaspoon at a time, using your hands to massage the oil into the skin gently.
For a larger batch, try multiplying the ingredients. You can easily reduce the recipe as well. Using this recipe for a homemade scalp massage may call for about half the amount, for example. The crucial part is to keep the same ratio of carrier oil to essential oils.
The Best Essential Oils for Massage
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Choose the essential oils that pair with the desired goal of your massage. If you want to relax, skin-loving lavender may be all you need. A sore muscle massage may call for other oils. Check the safety information on your essential oil bottle to make sure it’s ideal for topical application.
These are the best essential oil options for homemade massage oil:
Lavender: One of the most popular relaxing essential oils, a lavender essential oil is fresh, sweet, and soothing. It’s the most versatile oil available, as using lavender benefits the skin and the mind. The oil relieves stress and is effective in pain relief. It’s safe for all ages as well.
Bergamot: Used for hundreds of years in professional massage, bergamot has a pleasant aroma, and it’s versatile. It can help boost your mood, calm and help you feel rejuvenated.
Peppermint: Minty essential oils like peppermint are fantastic for achy or tired muscles. It reduces inflammation, boosts circulation, and warms the skin.
Eucalyptus: Another fresh oil ideal for sore, exhausted muscles, eucalyptus also improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and produces a cooling effect. You can use the oil to soothe skin pain from sunburns or enhance deep breathing.
Frankincense: An expensive essential oil, frankincense is a highly sought-after option for its relaxation and grounding effects. It can even reduce stress and anxiety, deepen breathing, and boost the immune system.
Sandalwood: With a slightly sweet and earthy, and woody aroma, sandalwood is ideal for centering or grounding massage. The oil reduces inflammation and promotes clarity, relaxation, and balance. Sandalwood is also great for sensual massage because it has natural aphrodisiac properties.
My favorite essential oil company, Rocky Mountain Oils, also has a skin care blend that’s great for facials. It boosts your skin’s moisture and rejuvenates your skin’s appearance.
My 6 Favorite Essential Oil Massage Blends
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When you don’t have a professional masseuse around, consider the following massage oil blends to treat yourself anyway. Homemade massage oil offers tons of uses. Choose the blend that best suits your needs.
Foot Massage Blend
Trouble sleeping? A foot massage near bedtime is a great way to unwind and relax.
Mix either essential oil with an ounce of carrier oil. Pour a tiny amount onto your feet at a time, massaging the oil into your skin.
Hand Massage Blend
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Do you work with your hands? A hand massage is relaxing and soothing for hardworking hands. The blend even soothes and nourishes dry skin.
3 drops of neroli
2 drops of bergamot
2 drops of frankincense
2 drops of orange
1 drop of sandalwood
Massage a small amount, no more than 1/2 teaspoon, into your hands for at least 5 minutes.
Head Massage Blend
Do you need help studying? Try giving yourself a head massage. The soothing massage eases tension and this invigorating blend helps keep you alert and focused.
Mix the essential oils into the base recipe above. Massage about 1/2 teaspoon at the base of the neck and around your temples to boost concentration.
Bonus: Peppermint and rosemary essential oils do wonders for your hair growth as well!
Face Massage Blend
Skin issues? A short face massage helps with mature and young skin alike. It can tone uneven skin and reduce dark spots from acne or fine lines.
Place the essential oils in a skin-friendly carrier oil like jojoba or rosehip. Wash your face, then apply a few drops of the massage oil using your fingertips. Massage your skin in small circles by hand or use a facial roller to promote maximum absorption. Start at the chin and work your way up. Add a face massage into your nightly skincare ritual for the best results.
Couple’s Massage Blend
Want a full-body massage to rub down your partner and vice versa? A couple’s massage makes an excellent way to celebrate an anniversary or have a home date night.
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Use these essential oils with the basic recipe above. Use between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon for a full-body massage. However, the oil may cause dark spots on some fabrics. If you’re massaging your partner in bed, lay down a towel or washable blanket to protect your sheets.
Don’t worry if the massage oil drips on your sheets. You can remove it by pre-treating the fabric with dish soap or stain remover and immediately washing them in the machine.
Sore Muscles (Post-Exercise) Massage Blend
Are your muscles sore and tired after a workout? This cooling blend helps soothe tired muscles.
3 drops of peppermint
3 drops of eucalyptus
2 drops of clary sage
2 drops of sandalwood
2 drops of lemongrass
Combine the oils with your favorite carrier oil, and use the blend to massage any sore area of your body. Begin with a small amount of the oil and work your way up, as needed.
This DIY massage oil even makes the best baby massage oil. Just make sure the oils you use are safe for topical application. If you use the massage oil for children, always select kid-friendly oils and dilute the recipe by adding more carrier oil. You can learn more about the safety of essential oils and diluting oils for children from the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
There are so many uses for this recipe! Your options are endless!
The best part about this DIY massage oil is that it only takes two minutes or less to make, but the oil lasts for over a year! If the scent begins to fade over time, top it off with 2-3 drops of the dominating essential oil in your blend to spruce it up.
How will you use this DIY massage oil first? Do you enjoy another essential oil blend better? Share your preferences and experiences in the comments.