oils for a massage
oils for a massage

Base oils for massage

Massage is a wonderful way to relax and ease sore, achy muscles and using essential oils in the mix adds to the desired result. If using essential oils you would need to dilute them in a base oil – never use them neat on the skin. Some therapists use talc for use with massage, but for most massages, a base oil needs to be used to lubricate the skin, which allows the therapist’s hands to glide over the skin easily and without causing friction.

There are many different base oils and they all have different benefits. Some can be used as an all over massage base, others would need to be used as an added ingredient.

6 top base oils for massage

1. Sweet almond oil is a pale yellow colour, extracted from almonds and is one of the most popular massage oils. Cold pressed oil is best as none of the minerals, proteins or vitamins have been removed and it is therefore more beneficial to the skin. It is an easy oil to massage with as, although it does get absorbed into the skin, it is lubricant enough to last through the massage. It is suitable for most skin types (not for those with nut allergies) especially dry skin.
Can be used as 100% base oil

2. Apricot kernel oil is a very pale yellow colour and is extracted from the kernel of the apricot. It contains vitamins and minerals is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive, inflamed and prematurely aged skins, due to excessive sun or pollution. It can be quite expensive.
Can be used as 100% base oil

3. Grapeseed oil is a very pale green colour and can have a strange odour (although not all brands). It is probably one of the least expensive base oils and can be a little bit tacky on the body. It     contains vitamins, proteins and vitamins and is good for all skin types.
Can be used as 100% base oil

4. Jojoba oil is extracted from the jojoba bean and is a yellow colour. It is suitable for all skin types and is particularly beneficial for psoriasis, eczema and acne. It contains minerals, vitamins and a waxy substance that mimics collagen. It is a mid-price oil and would be used as 10% of the base oil.

5. Sesame oil is dark yellow and is made from roasting the sesame seeds. It contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino-acids and lecithin. It is suitable for all skin types and can help with the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema arthritis and rheumatism. The cost is mid-range and it would be used as 10% of the base oil.

6. Carrot oil is extracted from the seeds of the wild carrot plant. It is a dark orange colour. It contains beta-carotin, vitamins and minerals. It is suitable for all skin types including prematurely aged skin, psoriasis, eczema and is a great oil for reducing scars. It must never be used neat on the skin and used as 10% of base oil.

Any of these base oils can be used, but if you have any sensitivity it would be good to try a patch test first. All can be used on the face and the body.

If you are looking for a relaxing massage or a massage to help with back pain etc, please do get in touch.


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