A massage oil infused with herbs can be used for health, wellness, mood, and relationships. Whether specific to romance for a special time with your love or overall well-being, you will be blessed at the benefits provided from using an essential oil and herbal infused oil in massage. Massage can bring overall relaxation, relieve stress, as well as increase blood flow and circulation to the skin and relieve muscle soreness .
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Heath provides a list of multiple studies on massage that have suggested positive benefits for issues such as pain, cancer, mental health, fibromyalgia, headaches, as well as HIV/AIDS . One promising study found that massage can reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines potentially reducing pain and inflammation .
Herbs, essential oils, and carrier oils go hand in hand with massage. As well as having many health benefits, massage can be a great way to connect with your love. Today I will show you how to make a massage oil for you and your spouse to use in the privacy of your home.
Benefits and Actions of Our IngredientsBefore we move on to our recipe, I would like to look at some potential actions and briefly discuss each of our ingredients.
- Rose petals - Deeply connected with romance and love, roses are commonly used as an astringent, and can assist with headaches, insomnia, and tension.
- Chamomile - Is often used as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, nervine, and mild sedative chamomile can assist with overall relaxation of muscles and the body.
- Lavender - May help relieve, stress, anxiety, headache, and is considered a tonic to the nervous system, which may help to restore vitality. Lavender can be mildly stimulating. 
While you may choose any essential oils you enjoy for the massage oil, the ones I chose have specific benefits for this type of massage.
- Neroli Essential Oil - This exotically floral, citrus essential oils is commonly used as an aphrodisiac, for depression, and for the skin. The flower has a history of use by the bride for her wedding. 
- Rose Otto - Roses commonly remind us of romance and this essential oil is no exception. Rose Otto is often used as an aphrodisiac, to boost mood, and for skin health. 
- Sandalwood Essential Oil - Bringing a woody scent to our blend, Sandalwood is used to provide a calm peace, for skin health and as an aphrodisiac. 
Romantic Massage Oil:This recipe is for a 1:4 infused oil - (see notes)
- 8 ounces of total oil (you may blend several as below)
- 4 ounces Olive oil
- 2 ounces Sweet almond oil
- 2 ounces Jojoba oil
- (extra oil) (note: add more oil if needed to cover herbs- this will alter your ratio)
- 1 oz Lavender flowers
- .5 oz Rose petals
- .5 oz Chamomile
- Neroli Essential oil 20 drops
- Rose Essential oil 40 drops
- Sandalwood Essential oil 30 drops
- Turn an oven to the lowest temperature, no higher than 140 degrees F. If you do not have a setting that low set it at 350 degrees F.
- Measure oils.
- Weigh the herbs on a kitchen scale and use a mortar and pestle to grind them down so that they are less bulky. Place herbs in a clean glass pint or quart size jar.
- Pour 8 ounces of oil over herbs using a wooden spoon to push herbs down. Add more oil if necessary to be sure herbs are completely covered with oil. Mark how much more oil you used so you can record your final herb to oil ratio.
- Cover with tight fitting lid.
- Place a few inches of water in an oven safe pan and place jar in pan, then place in oven. If you turned oven to 350 degrees turn it OFF now and it will slowly reduce the temperature while extracting all the herbal goodness. Let herbs infuse for 4- 8 hours checking every hour to make sure they do not burn.
- When infusion is done strain herbs from oil completely.
- Add essential oils, and stir. Do not forget to label your massage oil.
- Store the massage oil a dark cool place or in dark bottles.
Notes: An oven thermometer can help you keep an eye on the temperature. You want to stay in between 100-140 degrees F. If you turned the oven to 350 degrees, then completely turned it off, you may need to turn your oven back on very low for a short time after a few hours if it gets below 100 degrees F. Set a timer for no more than 5 minutes, then turn the oven back off. You can also try leaving your oven light on to keep things warm.
While adding more than the original oil will alter your 1:4 herb ratio, this is fine. The most important thing is to make sure the herbs are covered with oil and that you record the new strength for future use. You may use your own blend of essential oils to suit your preferences.
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- Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. (2012, February 1). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/119/119ra13
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- Neroli Essential Oil Profile, Benefits and Uses. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/neroli-oil.asp
- Rose Oil: Rose Otto and Rose Absolute. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/rose-oil.asp
- Sandalwood Essential Oil. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/sandalwood-oil.asp