Have you been meaning to treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage? While the spa may seem like the only way to get such pampering, making your own homemade lavender massage oil can easily take care of the job right in your own home. Lavender has long been used as an aromatic herbal remedy, whether it’s inhaled or applied topically on aches and pains throughout the body. The following are nine simple steps to make relaxing lavender massage oil at home, so you can relieve stress in your own body any time you want!
1) Getting Started – Ingredients
*1 cup Jojoba Oil (extra-virgin and organic if possible) *4 tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin *20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil *5 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil *5 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil Mixing It Up: 1. Combine all your ingredients in a dark colored glass jar 2. Put on your gloves 3. Shake until completely mixed 4. Store in a cool, dry place 5. Use within three months to get maximum benefits 6. Enjoy! And as always, please be sure to conduct thorough research before using essential oils as some can be toxic if used improperly or without proper guidance!
2) Extracting The Essentials From The Lavender Buds
First, you will need to gather your supplies and create a safe workspace. Before you begin, fill your sink with hot water and soap it up so that any fragrant oils in your hands or on tools won’t contaminate your lavender oil. Next, strip each lavender bud off its stem one by one; try not to bruise or crush them. You can use scissors if you like but make sure they are very clean beforehand so as not to transfer any bacteria from another project onto these delicate buds. Once you have extracted all of your buds, set them aside in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap while you prepare the rest of your ingredients and tools. Note: Only use fresh buds for making massages oils – do not use stems or leaves!
3) Boiling And Reducing The Distilled Water
Boil one cup of distilled water in a small saucepan over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, cover pan with lid and let sit for 15 minutes. This will ensure that all of your lavender is covered by water. The volume of water used depends on how strong you want your final product to be – stronger equals more volume of oil. Just remember to use only one cup of distilled water so as not to change your formula for future batches!
4) Mixing Essential Oils, Esters and Alcohol Together
Essential oils, Esters and Alcohols are all mixed together in a glass measuring cup or bottle. For a therapeutic effect, add 30-50 drops of lavender essential oil to 4 oz. of base oil like sesame or almond oil. Measure and pour into plastic spray bottles (you can find these at many craft stores) to store. If you want your massage oil to smell stronger, mix more than one kind of essential oil together – but never use more than 50 total drops per 4 oz. of base liquid. If you’re looking for an aromatherapy experience, add 10-20 drops each of your favorite scents and mix well before storing in a glass container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well before using on skin!
5) Adding Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add 1/4 cup of fractionated coconut oil. The stuff is solid at room temperature, but will melt when it’s warm enough. Once melted, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil (grapefruit has a stimulating smell that helps wake you up after you get home from work). Stir with a spoon until everything is mixed together, and then let it cool in a glass bowl on your counter. If you want to speed things up, put it in your fridge or freezer for 15 minutes or so.
6) Flavoring The OIl with Grapefruit Seed Extract
Food Grade Grapefruit Seed Extract is a natural preservative and anti-fungal agent. It will help kill off any harmful microbes lurking in your Lavender oil, preventing it from going bad. Adding 1 ml per cup of oil will be enough to do the trick. To make sure you’re adding enough, mix your Grapefruit Seed Extract with 2 ml of distilled water first before mixing into your oil, so you know how much to add.
7) Adding 1.5 Ounces of Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps prevent scarring. It will help your massage oil stay in a liquid state longer, so you won’t have to make as many batches. Adding vitamin E also protects your skin from becoming too dry or irritated. If you plan on using lavender essential oil in addition to vitamin E, it’s best to add it now rather than with other ingredients because it degrades over time when exposed to oxygen. You can find vitamin E at local grocery stores or online. It can be stored in any airtight container away from heat and light until you need it. It’s best if used within one year of purchase and should never be frozen as that destroys its effectiveness.
8) Adding Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the Bottle
Shake it up vigorously so that all of your ingredients are well-combined. The oil will act as a natural preservative, and you don’t want your DIY lavender massage oil to go bad before you can use it. Add about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for every 15 drops of essential oils (15 drops = 1 tablespoon) you’ve added. It is possible to add more, but if you do, be sure to use an eyedropper rather than pouring in directly from a bottle—it’s easy to get too much when pouring in liquids with higher viscosity, like olive oil.
9) Labeling And Storing Your Lavender Massage Oil
1. Once you have made your lavender massage oil, you need to label it and store it away in a dark place at room temperature. The top of a refrigerator is an ideal spot, as long as it’s not too close to any sources of heat (this could cause your oil to go rancid). If you are making small batches, use jars or bottles with lids; if you are making large batches, transfer it into a large glass container with a lid once mixed and keep in that container. This will ensure that your oil doesn’t dry out over time and will stay fresh for months on end. 2.
Consider adding a special touch to your DIY massage oil, such as lavender essential oil. Not only does it create a pleasing scent and color, but it also can help you relax by making you sleepy, which may be helpful if stress is causing headaches or other health problems. The aroma of lavender may also help relieve migraines and sleep disorders like insomnia. You can buy a bottle at your local health food store or online for about $20 for 16 ounces. If that seems like too much money to spend on one essential oil that you’ll use only in small amounts for massages, consider using two smaller bottles—one for now and one for later.