TIPS ON BATH AND MASSAGE OILS
Bath and massage oils are made by adding essential oils
to vegetable carrier oil bases. The ratio is one teaspoon
of essential oil to 4 ounces of carrier oil. Use amber or
cobalt blue glass for your oils and keep out of direct light.
Do not store in plastic bottles. It is best not to store in
the bathroom because of the heat during showers.
Using essential oils in the bath is one of the nicest ways
to enjoy their therapeutic benefits. Adding them to a carrier
oil help to disperse the essential oils throughout the water
and onto to your body. Lighter oils disperse more readily
in the water. Heavier oils lie on the top of the bath water
and will cling to your skin when leaving the bath. To use
bath oils, draw your bath first, close the door and then add
about two teaspoons of bath oil to your water.
Light oils suitable for bath oils that readily disperse include
sunflower oil and Grapeseed oil.
Sunflower oil contains vitamins A, B, D and E, (the principal
one) and is high in unsaturated fatty acids.
Grapeseed Oil contains a high percentage of linoleic acid
and some vitamin E.
Massage oils can be made from many different vegetable carrier
oils. Choose the oil based on what you want the oil to do.
Use a lighter oil if you want the oil to be absorbed readily
into the skin. Use a heavier oil if you want the oil to stay
on the top of the skin. You can also choose the oil by what
part of the body you are working on, for example Kukui nut
oil would be a perfect choice for the face and neck. A heavier
oil such as sweet almond might be the choice for a foot massage
for very dry feet.
Almond, Sweet Oil:
The large molecules in this oil make it a heavier oil best
suited for heavy massage or for a very moisturizing cream
or salve. Sweet almond oil contains vitamins A, B1, B2 and
B6 and a small amount of E. Protects and nourishes the skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil:
Medium-light weight oil suitable for massage. Use in cream
and lotion recipes. Good for all skins, especially prematurely
aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry. Contains minerals and vitamins.
Medium to heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Use up to
one-fourth to a cream or salve base. Contains vitamins A,
B, and D and is rich in lecithin. Penetrates the upper layers
of the skin. Has beneficial effect on dry skin and wrinkles.
Add to your soap recipes for a more moisturizing bar.
Borage Seed Oil:
It is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness
to dry and damaged skin, but can also provide relief to people
who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and
atopic dermatitis. The great value of this oil is that it
is the richest known source (23%) of an essential fatty acid
called gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
Evening Primrose Oil:
Rich in Linoleic acid and also contains GLA at about 8.5%,
this oil is helpful for eczema, dry, scaly skin and dandruff,
and accelerates wound healing.
An incredible lipid-replenishing agent which may be used in
all types of skin care and cosmetic applications. Legendary
in Australia for its healing abilities for dry, irritated
skin. Its unique penetrating properties make it an excellent
carrier vehicle for other ingredients to help dermal penetration.
Also helps milder bar soaps to make them less drying.
Light weight oil suitable for light massage and is water-dispersible
in the bath. Contains vitamins, minerals and protein. It is
a gentle emollient, leaving the skin with a satin finish without
Medium weight oil suitable for light massage. Perfect for
base oil for creams. Hazelnut oil is said to penetrate the
top layer of the skin slightly, being beneficial for oily
or combinations skins and effective on acne. It is stimulating
to the circulation and also has astringent properties. Contains
oleic acid and a small proportion of linoleic acid.
Jojoba, Refined or Golden Organic:
Jojoba is not an oil but a liquid wax; excellent choice for
many aromatherapy uses. Most often used as the carrier oil
of choice to use with essential oils. A must in all your cream
and lotion recipes. It is very stable, having extremely good
keeping qualities. Useful oil in cases of acne. Jojoba contains
myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Kukui Nut Oil:
Light to medium weight oil. New on the scene, this oil is
wonderful for mature, aging skin. Has a slight odor, which
can be overcome by adding essential oils. Not offensive. Kukui
nut oil is readily absorbed into the skin and leaves the skin
soft and very moisturized. An excellent oil to add to your
cream and lotion formulas.
Macadamia Nut Oil:
Medium weight oil suitable for massage. It is highly emollient
and a good addition to your cream formulas. Very nice "feel"
to the oil when applied to the skin.
Heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Wonderful for salves,
olive oil is emollient, soothing to inflamed skin. Use regular,
not extra virgin, unless the odor is not objectionable.
Rose Hip Seed Oil:
Research in Chili shows rose hip oil to be a tissue regenerator
making it an excellent oil for a mature skin. It has been
shown to be effective on scars, wounds, burns (including sunburn),
eczema and ageing. It also has 8.5% GLA.
The pressed oil is rich in vitamins and minerals, its vitamin
E and sesamol content gives the oil excellent stability. Beneficial
for dry skin. Also makes a wonderful massage oil, not too
greasy, yet it glides on the skin. Does not stain sheets.
Sunflower Nut Oil:
Very light weight oil - perfect choice for bath oils. Also
excellent in lotions, as this oil is most readily absorbed
into the skin. Not suitable for massage due to absorption
rate. Contains vitamins A, B, D and E (the principal one)
and is high in unsaturated fatty acids.
Wheat Germ Oil:
Heavier oil with a high vitamin E content; it is widely used
to increase the keeping qualities of less stable oils. However,
the unrefined oil "works its way" out of emulsions
and the refined may not offer enough vitamin E for keeping
qualities. Useful on dry and mature skins.
Essential Oil Blends for the Bath and Massage
Lavender is calming as well as uplifting, and can be safely
used with children. Its sweet floral-herbaceous scent and
balsamic-woody undertone may help you to unwind at the end
of a stressful day.
Two parts lavender to one part rose geranium
This recipe is meant to help calm your mind and lift your
spirits. Rose geranium has a rosy sweet scent and may be anti-depressant
Four parts eucalyptus 70/75 and one part tangerine.
Will help relieve cold symptoms, especially in the bath. Excellent
for muscular aches and pains. A warming massage oil and our
most popular blend. Fragrance is fresh and pungent.
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