How to Make Hand Massage Oil June 17, 2020 05:00


HOW TO MAKE HAND & WRIST MASSAGE OIL 

Do your hand muscles get sore or tense from typing on the computer, writing, drawing, painting or from household chores? Do you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome? Are your hands dry from constant washing or sanitizing? Then this email is for you :) Making a natural massage oil is incredibly simple and only really requires two components: carrier oil and essential oil. Read on and join us in learning how to make your own hand & wrist massage oil!

1. CHOOSE YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS.
Start out by choosing which essential oils you'd like to include in your blend based on their health benefits and their scent profiles. See our list below for details on their properties (we've only included the properties that are relevant to this recipe). 
  • Black pepper: for arthritis; stimulating and warming, good for circulation, natural anti spasmodic.

  • Peppermint: muscle pain relief, cooling, refreshing, used to massage aching joints, reduces inflammation, cools tense joints.

  • Ginger: circulation, arthritis relief, reduces inflammation, eases stress, warming. 

  • Lavender: calming, anti inflammatory, treats pain & muscle spasms, works on sore joints and tendons, relaxing and rejuvenating.

  • Nutmeg oil: circulation, reduces inflammation and pain, alleviates stiffness.

  • Clove Bud: blood flow, pain reduction, joint pain and strain relief, reduces muscle pain, warming and slightly numbing. 

  • Eucalyptus: anti-spasmodic, stimulating, muscle and joint pain relief/ soothing for overworked hands, anti inflammatory, promotes relaxation. 

  • Rosemary: invigorating, uplifting, improves circulation, eases aches. 

  • Helichrysum: reduces muscle pain, spasms and inflammation, helps heal scar tissue.

  • Clary Sage: promotes relaxation, alleviates muscle tension. 

  • Lemongrass: promotes circulation, reduces swelling and inflammation.

  • Juniper: relieves muscle tension and eliminates spasms.

2.. GATHER YOUR MATERIALS.
In addition to the essential oils, you will also need one or two carrier oils in this recipe. A carrier oil is a natural, usually unscented, vegetable oil that is moisturizing and soothing. It is called a 'carrier oil' because it is used to dilute essential oils (which are too concentrated to put on your skin directly and may irritate it). 

Carrier oils have benefits of their own as well. For this recipe, see below for some recommended carrier oils:
  • Apricot kernel oil: good for all skin types including sensitive skin, high in vitamin A, helps rebuild tissues
  • Hemp seed oil: soothing, contains Omega fatty acids and proteins. 
  • Jojoba oil: anti microbial, moisturizing, contains vitamins B & E
  • Sweet almond oil: hydrating, anti inflammatory, aids circulation, high in vitamins B & C
  • Arnica Oil: used to treat bruises, arthritis and sprains, anti inflammatory, soothing.
 
Tools you will need to make this oil blend include the following:
  • 1 ounce glass bottle (preferably a dark color such as amber or cobalt blue to keep the oil fresh for longer) with dropper
  • extra dropper(s)
  • glass beaker with pour-spout or just a kitchen measuring glass for easy pouring
  • small glass sample bottles, clear or otherwise (see photo below for example)
 
4. FORMULATE YOUR RECIPE.
It is very important when you are making an oil blend or anything of the like to record your recipe!

Write down the essential oils that you have chosen to use (preferably 2-5 different oils).

Massage oil blends range from 3%-5% essential oil content. So if you are using a 1 ounce bottle, then you will be using 18-30 drops of essential oil total. The remainder of the blend will be carrier oil. 

Divvy up the total number of drops and decide how many of each essential oil you will be using. Write down the amounts. An example may look like this:

(3% blend)
Ginger oil: 8 drops
Peppermint Oil: 4 drops
Clary Sage Oil: 6 drops
5. COMBINE YOUR INGREDIENTS.
If you feel confident, you can mix your essential oil blend directly in your 1 ounce bottle-- or you can use the small sample size vial to mix it separately. If you do the latter, it allows you to play around and see if you like your ratio first before committing to that blend. Then you can use a dropper to count 18-30 drops of that blend into the 1 ounce bottle.

After adding your essential oils, fill up the rest of the 1 ounce bottle with your carrier oil. You can use a measuring cup or beaker for a more accurate pour. If you are using two carrier oils, simply fill up your bottle with half of one and half of the other (you can eyeball it). 
6. MIX IT UP + USE!
And it's ready to go! You can let the blend sit for a few minutes to an hour if you want the aromas to really meld together. Otherwise you can just shake it up right away and begin using it!

You may want to incorporate some kind of massage tool to work the oil into your skin. Massage tools such as stone facial rollers can be used to stimulate blood flow and deepen/ continue the massage once your hands get tired. Check out our collection on our online shop here. 
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