How To Make Massage Oil With Essential Oils

If you use massage oil, then you may have wondered if it’s better to make your own or buy it from the store. Well, making your own massages oil with essential oils can actually save you money and be healthier for your skin and body, depending on what you’re using in your homemade oil.

But, since there are plenty of options out there when it comes to oils and scents, there are also plenty of ways to make them wrong! Use this step-by-step guide on how to make your own massage oil with essential oils and keep yourself safe while creating the perfect blend for you!

Step 1: Choose oils

As you probably know, there are many types of essential oils available for your DIY massage oil. The two most common categories you’ll see in stores are citrus and floral.

Citrus oils tend to be great for relieving stress and uplifting your mood; they’re also antibacterial, so they’re a good choice if you want to get rid of any odor or skin irritations that need some extra attention.

Floral-based oils, on the other hand, are popular with people who love romance—they’re sweet and make you feel good when you use them. For your massage oil, go with whatever makes you feel nice and relaxed!

Step 2: Find bottles

You’ll need to find bottles for storing your oil. This will be easy if you have a lot of essential oils lying around that you’ve already collected and been using; most brands come with their own tiny glass bottles that are perfect for use as massage oil containers.

However, if you don’t have any small bottles, it should be pretty easy to pick some up at your local arts-and-crafts store or buy them online (we recommend Jars4Less). Then simply transfer your homemade blend into these little bottles and label them clearly before putting them in storage.

Step 3: Create scents

The right scents can make your massage oil more enjoyable and effective. Some of these essential oils are known to help with pain, stress and even skin conditions such as eczema.

Adding a little bit of these oils to your massage oil is like adding an aromatic finishing touch, because they leave your skin feeling soft and smelling good when you’re done.

Do some research on each oil you want to use so that you know how it will affect your body before mixing in any combination. What do you want from your massage?

Step 4: Start Mixture

We need to mix 1 oz of carrier oil with 2 ounces of essential oils in a glass container. There are several different ways that you can start your mixture, but if you do not have a scale then here is how I would suggest doing it.

Pour half of your carrier oil into your glass container and then add half of your essential oils. You should give it a good stir to get everything combined together properly and then continue with step 5.

The reason that we do not want to completely combine all of our oils at once is because once they are completely combined they will be impossible to separate from one another without using chemicals which will leave them less potent than using them separately.

Step 5: Add Thicker Base Layer

1 teaspoon Almond oil, 1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil and 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Mix well until fully incorporated. Add additional oils if needed to reach desired consistency, but keep in mind that you want to make it easy for you or your partner to apply, as well as to clean up after use.

This layer should be thick enough that it doesn’t run too much but not so thick that it takes forever to absorb into skin. Use within three months for best results.

Step 6: Add Carrier Oil/Thinner Base Layer

Add 3 tablespoons of carrier oil/thinner base layer to mixture. Add about 1 1⁄2 tablespoons to each of two different storage bottles. Slowly add remaining 2 1⁄2 tablespoons of carrier oil/thinner base layer to remaining massage oil in bowl and continue stirring until completely mixed.

(Note: If you do not want a lotion type product, then stop here, put it in an airtight container, and use as is). *If you would like to add a few drops of additional essential oils for fragrance or therapeutic value at this point, feel free (see list below). Be careful not to over-do it with essential oils; they can irritate your skin if used alone in any great quantity.

Step 7: Add Water (or alcohol)

Now that your infused oil is cooled, it’s time to add water or alcohol (or some combination of both). Use a ratio of 60%-70% oil to 30%-40% water. Too much water will compromise its shelf life, while too little will make it difficult to mix and use.

If you’re using vodka, add enough to make your blend 10%-15% alcohol by volume. This will help keep bacteria at bay without making your essential oil massage oil feel tacky when you rub it into your skin—and if you plan on keeping yours for more than a few weeks, that’s definitely something you want.

Step 8: Place in Stove and Simmer

Simmer on low heat for 1-2 hours to thicken and infuse. Remove from stove, strain and pour into containers. Keep in glass jar with a tight fitting lid.

Massage oil can last up to 3 months when stored in a cool dark place. If your oil thickens or becomes too thick you can add a few drops of water or some olive oil to thin it out. You may also want to test it out before you use it as it may be too strong for sensitive skin. If so, add more olive oil until desired consistency is reached.

Step 9: Remove From Heat and Let Cool

Remove your mixture from heat and let it cool. It is best to transfer it to a glass bottle, so you can see how much essential oil you have added (for future reference). Once cooled, put on the cap and shake well. Let cool for 2–3 hours before use. Shake well each time before use for maximum effectiveness.

Step 10. Transfer to Bottles with Dropper Tops (optional)

You now have a professional quality massage oil that you can share with your friends or family. If you prefer, you can transfer it to smaller bottles with dropper tops, allowing your clients to take it home and enjoy long after your massage is over.

This will save them money and make it easier for them to get their fix. Some people even enjoy using pure aromatherapy oils in place of perfume or cologne.

In a large container or bucket, pour 1 cup of lotion into a bottle or jar that has an attached dropper lid; be sure not to fill up all of way, leaving about an inch for expansion. Recap tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds until lotion is completely mixed and well-emulsified.

Final Word

It is always recommended to keep all oils away from your face and eyes, since they can cause a lot of irritation. For additional effects, mix your massage oil with dried or fresh rose petals, lavender flowers, peppermint leaves, patchouli and geranium essential oils.

You can also add other essential oils like cedarwood, lime or grapefruit to create a more pleasant scent. Do not use citrus essential oils with large amounts of Vitamin C on skin that is sensitive or damaged.

Although they are natural anti-bacterial agents their high acidity levels may cause inflammation and lead to an increase in redness and peeling of already damaged skin areas. Now that you know how to make your own massage oil, give it a try and see how great it feels!

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Lynn has been writing at our blog for over two years. She currently writes about topics such as sleep, massage therapy, and cooking. Recently, she has teamed up with other bloggers to write about their life stories. Lynn is also a certified massage therapist who loves to express herself through cooking recipes she finds on Pinterest or food blogs. Lynn's blog is an outlet where she can share her passions with others while encouraging them to live the best version of themselves.

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