Best Essential Oils
for massage, natural healing and pain relief!

Some of the best essential oils used in massage therapy have a rich history of healing, and were often used in biblical days to encourage recovery from many types of illness, pain, and grief.

Whether used for aches and pains, cooking, or massage for tired muscles, essential oil benefits were recognized early in the world history.

Quality oils are often taken from fruit, plants, and nuts, and provide healing, pain relief, and flavor in preparation of meals.

Today, essential oil benefits are being recognized at some of the most prestigious health organizations in the world, not just in the massage therapy industry.

Essential oils are found in the liquid of various parts of plants (i.e. flowers, bark, seeds, leaves, etc). They are highly aromatic and are far more potent then the dried herb itself.

For this reason, some essential oils should be diluted with a high quality vegetable or carrier oil prior to use.

Essential oil benefits have been used for centuries for religious rituals, medicines, and spiritual enhancement.

Some of the best essential oils for massage therapy include healing capabilities which can be antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and anti-infectious.

Oils are so concentrated and powerful that you can get huge benefits from just one or two drops of oil. They support, heal, and build all of the eleven major body systems as well as the emotional, mental, and spiritual components of a person.

There are many different ways to get essential oil benefits, including:

  • Topically (massage, acupuncture, acupressure, warm compress, cold packs, layering on skin, and in the bath or shower)
  • Aromatically (using a diffuser, humidifier or vaporizer, wearing as a perfume, and direct inhalation from the bottle or your palm)
  • Internally (orally in a gel cap, cooked into food, and can also be used vaginally and rectally).

Please note that most essential oils found in local stores, even health food stores, are not safe to be used internally.

Not all essential oils are equal, of course. The growth conditions of the plant, the method of extraction, and the final constituents in the bottle can vary greatly from brand to brand.    

There are many essential oils and oil blends, and hundreds of ways and reasons to use them. Below is a chart of the top 8 best essential oils used in a massage oil recipe, their essential oil benefits, and how these therapeutic-grade oils can benefit a person.

Essential Oil Benefits
Name Botanical Name Uses/Benefits
Peppermint Mentha Piperita Antibacterial, anti-tumoral, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, fights infections, stimulates digestive system, relieves pain, fights skin disorders
Tea Tree Melaleuca Alternifolia Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, fights infections, eliminates lice and dandruff, fights oral infection, fights skin issues like acne, boils and warts
Lavender Lavandula Angustifolia Antifungal, anti-tumoral, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, fights respiratory infections, helps with skin conditions, calming, balances emotion
Ylang Ylang Cananga Odorata Anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antispasmodic, anti-depressant, anti-parasitic, supports circulatory system, supports digestive system, relieves anxiety, removes negative energy, promotes feelings of peace
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Globulus & Eucalyptus Radiata Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-aging, decongestant, promotes healing, soothes sore muscles. R: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, fights infections.
Rosemary Rosmarinus or Aniba Rosaeodora Enhances concentration and memory, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, relieves muscle pain, helps skin conditions, rejuvenates skin, hair, and nail follicles, balances emotions, stimulates the mind.
Oregano Origanum Compactum Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, stimulates immune system, fights infections, supports digestive system
Grapefruit Citrus paradisi Anti-inflammatory,relieves headaches, stimulates circulatory system, relaxant, reduces cramping and muscle stiffness

The best essential oils are pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and oil blends. They are known for their true purity and the therapeutic results they achieve.

Each essential oil has a specific purpose – such as relaxation, soothing stressed muscles, and detoxifying and cleansing the skin. You can also create your own massage oil recipe by combining a high quality vegetable (carrier) oil with the essential oil or massage oils of choice.

Good choices for carrier oils include coconut oil, sesame seed oil, and sweet almond oil. Some aromatherapy treatment services use grapeseed and avocado oils as well.

There are a few massage videos that teach about using essential oils in massage, and how those oils can be used to treat common ailments at home.

This video, Therapeutic Massage with Essential Oils DVD is by Victoria Sprigg and it teaches about how to give scalp, neck, back, and shoulder massage using Aromatherapy and Swedish massage techniques, with some of the most useful essential oils for massage. 

Pure essential oils will not go rancid when stored properly, however, they can go bad, and if used after their safety date, may cause skin rashes, inflammation, and/or irritations. 

Read more about therapeutic grade essential oils at Take Control of Your Health

There are many choices of essential oils, with many other benefits for our health that you may have never even heard about. Learn more about the best essential oils for massage therapy, and which ones to use for your family at home! 

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