Essential oils (EOs) have a wide range of benefits. Depending on the oil you use, you can be relaxed, relieved, or recharged. Some EOs, like lavender, may help you to sleep. Some, like frankincense, soothes your soul.
All the EOs on this list smell absolutely marvelous.
A Massage of Good Health
Unless diluted, some essential oils have the ability to burn or cause allergic reactions, so make sure you choose carefully. Most EOs you find on the market will be diluted and ready for use, so once you’ve gone through this list, go to the store, grab your favourite essential oils, and get ready to relax.
The Best Essential Oils for Aromatherapy Massage
A balancing oil, this EO does what the body needs it to do. Effective for pain relief, insomnia, and stress, lavender smells great and knows how to rub you the right way.
Lavender is so effective you can even put add some to a small, breathable sac and place it in your pillowcase to help you sleep.
2. Vanilla Absolute
Vanilla is low on the therapeutic level, but high on the “smells amazing” list. Most people enjoy the warm inviting smell of vanilla, and it combines really well with other EOs.
Lavender, mandarin, or jasmine are great blenders with vanilla EO. If you blend vanilla EO with sweet orange, you’ll get lovely Creamsicle smell.
It may be tough to find, and pricey when you do find it, but vanilla’s wonderful smell makes it worthy of putting on this list.
Considered precious for a reason, frankincense deepens your breathing and soothe your coughs. It is a meditation aid that relaxes with its anti-inflammatory and antidepressant properties. Frankincense is a great base for EO blends, or can be used on its own.
A pleasant, spicy citrus smell makes this versatile essential oil great for relieving depression, improving your mood, and fighting addiction (including foods).
DO NOT go outside of tan directly after use. Bergamot is photosensitizing, so you must be careful when going back out in the sun.
Geranium essential oil has many benefits to offer due to its antibacterial properties that also help to strengthen the immune system.
Little known fact: Geranium essential oil can help with menstrual issues, including reducing symptoms of menopause.
Like lavender, geranium is a balancing oil, and is frequently used in skincare products because it’s a great skin tonic.
A very common and much-loved EO, most people enjoy sandalwood for the warm, sweet, wood-like smell. Traditionally used for coughs, anxiety, depression, and stomach issues. This EO is another great base for blends, but can also be used on its own.
With a subtle floral aroma, mandarin is gentle and inexpensive (compared to neroil or petitgrain).
Mandarin works effectively to fight anxiety and insomnia, even for children.
It has a nice light aroma, perfect to mix into your aromatherapeutic massage.
Eucalyptus EO wards off germs as well as eases sinus and chest congestion. This essential oil is soothing for aching muscles as well as the soft muscle tissues in your nose and throat.
Peppermint has an intense scent, and a little goes a long way.
Athletes use peppermint to cool and soothe their feet, but it can also cool hot flashes and stimulate your mind.
Using peppermint essential oil for massage may help to relieve nasal congestion, improve mental alertness and focus.
10. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Invigorating, immune boosting, fun and fresh, grapefruit essential oil helps circulation, fights colds, and kicks fatigue out the door. Using these oils brings back feelings of cutting up fresh grapefruit. Great for blends, as the citrusy smell plays really well.
NOTE: like most citrus oil, grapefruit EO is photosensitizing, so stay out of the sun.
Other Notable EOs
Because we’re keeping this list short, I’ll just remind you of some of the EOs that could have easily been added to this list:
Start your deep breathing and get ready to feel better inside-and-out with these aromatic EOs to add to a therapeutic massage.