Who doesn’t love a massage? Most people know what a massage is, and the purpose of massage oil. Massage oil takes a good thing and makes it even better. It’s a tool to promote physical health. However, aside from being the start of a great day at the spa, massage oil has a variety of additional benefits that promote good health across the board.
As an example, massage oil with the right ingredients (such as Vitamin E) can be used to treat dry or cracked skin, or prevent dryness and cracks in the future. Scented massage oil can be used for aromatherapy, taking the already-relaxing massage and relaxing the body on a deeper physiological and psychological level. Aromatherapy can release anxiety, ease depression, strengthen the immune system and relieve arthritis. Massage oils can also be massaged into the scalp to give hair a magazine-level shine, reduce protein loss, and treat damage.
The problem is, many manufacturers have recognized massage oil’s multifaceted benefits so when you do a search for oils, you’re going to come up with about a million different brands. Which is fine because variety is good. However the problem is that a lot of these brands feature harsh chemicals and synthetic additives. So therefore you might be doing harm to your body if you use these chemical-based oils.
The solution? Obviously, we want to go the natural route. When you look around for massage oils, you’re going to find a lot of brands that use coconut oil as a base, which is a good thing. Coconut oil is natural and beneficial on its own merits, without needing additives. Coconut oil is colorless, meaning if it gets on your clothes, it will have less of a chance of staining (and it won’t stain your hands or body while you’re using it). It’s light, so it’s easy to manipulate between your hands. And aside from being generally perfect in terms of consistency, it can do wonders for your skin.
Coconut oil is all natural and a great moisturizer, meaning you can moisturize without worrying about any negative side effects. Coconut Oil also helps with wrinkles, meaning you’ll stall the effects of aging. As a treatment, it’s often used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and back acne without clogging pores.
You can also use it in your hair. Adding coconut massage oil in your hair makes it shiny and appealing, and is commonly used to treat damaged hair.
Natural massage oils can be tough to find but luckily we’ve done the work for you. Read below to see what specific brands we recommend.
Essential Oil Labs Fractionated Coconut Oil
This is a good all-purpose oil. It’s best if you’ve never used massage oil before and you’re looking to try it out. It’s also a good brand if you aren’t necessarily interested in aromatherapy or skin treatment. This brand is unscented, which is common with massage oils because the added scents are usually added via synthetic chemicals. In the interests of staying pure, Essential Oils has no scent.
The Essential Oils brand has a good reputation. This particular oil has literally hundreds of five-star reviews, on top of being all-natural. Essential Oil Labs Fractionated Coconut Oil is great to use personally or professionally, plus it’s safe enough that you can also use it on your baby’s skin without worrying about causing damage.
Another brand we found in the natural (and scented!) vein is Aromaland Massage Body Oil with lavender.
This is a good product for the person looking for the total package: a good physical massage, but also aid in emotional and psychological affairs. This brand effectively incorporates the aromatherapy miracle ingredient, lavender.
Lavender is a commonly used ingredient in aromatherapy because it’s all-natural and does wonders for the body. It relieves stress, reduces anxiety, and is a natural antidepressant. Combine lavender with the already therapeutic benefits of massages and you’re left with a perfect combination of health benefits.
This sensual brand features lavender, almond oil, and jojoba oil. It’s an all-purpose brand.
Sensual massage oil not only works as a lubricant, but it also incorporates aromatherapy and skin treatment. This brand is particularly good for oily skin. Not only do you have the aroma-therapeutic effects of lavender, but jojoba oil is a great treatment for acne and overactive sebaceous gland production, as the oil modulates sebum production. It seems strange to use an oil to counteract oiliness, but jojoba oil does the trick.
Almond oil has similar benefits, but for a different reason. Almond oil is extremely light, meaning it can seep into the skin and dislodge particles, which means you’ll have fewer clogged pores. It’s also a hypoallergenic, so it can be used on even the most sensitive skin. And with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, almond oil can be used to moisturize flaky and damaged skin without causing further damage.
Choosing a Brand
So there we have it: three different all-natural brands that serve three different purposes. If you’re just looking for a basic way to spice up massages, then the Essential Oils brand is probably your best bet. It’s odorless and made from coconut oil, meaning it’s going to feel great, do wonders for the skin, and serve as a good general-purpose oil.
If you’re looking to incorporate aromatherapy into your massages to provide psychological as well as physiological benefits, then you’re probably going to want to go with Aromaland.
Finally, if you’re looking to treat damaged skin, or you’re dealing with sensitive skin, then you’d probably want to go with the Sensual brand, as its hypoallergenic qualities and extra natural ingredients do wonders for a variety of skin conditions.
That being said, Sensual is the cheapest of the three options, so it might be better to just go with it even if you’re not dealing with damaged or sensitive skin. The only drawback is that some people dislike the smell of lavender. But who says you have to chose just one type? Experiment with different oils to see what works best for you!