The best massage oil for you.

massage oils, aromatherapy, massage

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When discussing the healthier and more natural medicines, do not forget massage. Whatever the problem may be, massage is the most enjoyable solution of all.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the type of oil needed to be administered onto your skin to elicit the best results.

According to Erawan Thai Traditional Massage, ‘a good aromatherapy oil can really enhance the mood and relax the mind, and will also nourish and hydrate the skin’.

There are several types of massage oils on the market and as a person who is going to get a massage or give one; you should know exactly what the to-be-massaged body requires. That is why this article is addressed to you.

Know your oils!

Jojoba Oil

Made from the seeds of the Jojoba plant, this oil is ideal for all skin types. It was used in the past in the salves and bandages to be pressed on wounds and scars because it had been identified as possessing anti-bacterial qualities. Thus this type of massage oil is especially wonderful for acne plagued skin, scars and sunburns as it cleans out pores and does away with the dirt.

Almond oil

The best thing about almond oil is that it’s extremely light while being super wonderful for the skin. Rich in vitamins that are essential to beautifying skin, almond oil helps to moisturize dry skin and remove ageing signs such as wrinkles and dark shadows. Best of all, Almond oil is generally suitable for most skin types.

Grape-seed oil

A light oil extracted from grapes, grape-seed oil is non-greasy and generally acceptable for all skin types. High in anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, re-generating and anti-acne qualities, Grape-seed oil is usually preferred for skin types that are acne-ravaged, ageing, sore-plagued etc. Moreover, it is said to do wonders to itchy, scrappy skin much like the jojoba oil.

Rice Bran Oil

Drum roll, the secret of the famous East Asian skin is revealed here! Rice bran oil, used excessively in East Asia is said to give the skin an unparalleled smoothness, moisture and beauty. Additionally, it is a good cure for burns and wrinkles, and is one of the best sunscreens out there!

Lavender Oil

Known as one of the best oils for aromatherapy (recognized by the lavender scent that is favorite amongst many ladies), lavender oil has a number of uses. It is known to treat burns, dry/chapped skins, eczema, wounds, and even psychological problems such as sleeplessness! Yet according to a study by Robert Tisserand, an experienced massage therapist, lavender oil is said to sometimes cause inflammation and therefore is not suitable for all skin types.

Olive Oil

A thicker, stiffer oil; olive oil is nevertheless a jack-of-many-skin-trades. A perfect moisturizer for dry skin, healing agent to burns and wounds, anti-ageing agent, and anti-acne, olive oil mixed with a bit of lavender can make your day perfect: fresh and aromatic! However it is not recommended for overly oily skins.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil, a light oil extracted from the sunflower seeds, is a very effective moisturizer and allergy-shield but as several massage feedbacks would indicate, many people complain of intolerability to sunflower seeds thus this oil is not recommended for everybody.

There are many other oils out there but the message we want to put through is: know your body and know yourself.