There are a few things that you should know about before jumping into an aromatherapy essential oil massage.
The first is that you need to have a general idea about what type of massage you want, such as a stone massage, a Thai massage, or perhaps a Swedish massage.
But the most important thing to know is what type of aromatherapy oils you want to be used on your skin.
Are you in the mood for something soft and pleasing to help you relax? Perhaps you need to kick start your energy with a boost of something minty and fabulous?
Once you know how the oils work, the rest is smooth sailing.
Aromatherapy essential oils can be broken down into two different groups. The first is relaxing and the second is stimulating.
Just as the name implies, that is the intended purpose of that aromatic oil. You can also break down oils by their cost factor.
Oils such as lavender and peppermint are considered low-cost oils, whereas oils such as jasmine and sandalwood are considered high-cost oils due to their availability and production costs.
Now for a bit of essential information about a few of the more common oils and scented body lotions and what they can do for you.
Lavender is widely known as a fragrance that relaxes. Peppermint is known to stimulate the senses.
Jasmine is known for its relaxing, romantic scent. Lemon is an essential oil that is considered to be energizing and cheering.
The list goes on and on for the different flowers and herbs that are used to make essential oils.
There is everything from rose petals to vanilla beans that can be used to create a fantastic blend of essential oil to delight the senses.
Always go with a fragrance that you like rather than one that is recommended.
It stands to reason that scents that appeal to you will have more effect than scents that, though they are touted for a particular use, will make you enjoy the experience less.
Aromatherapy essential oils can be made at home if you know the correct process. You can also buy them in some craft stores or order them online.
If you are making your own blend of oils for use in massage oils or body lotions, then you will want to ensure that you are using the correct type of oil.
Some oils are actually synthetically produced. Your goal should be to keep it as natural and close to nature’s oils as possible.