Essential oils have been used therapeutically all over the world for thousands of years. Essential oils are a great way to boost the effectiveness of massage as well as improve overall mood. Here are 5 essential oils and their known benefits.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is known to be very soothing and relaxing. It can help with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and restlessness. Lavender has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it therapeutic for healing burns and bug bites.

When used during massage, lavender can help sedate your nervous system and improve overall relaxation.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is known to be very invigorating and great for opening up the sinuses. It can help with stuffy noses and colds. Peppermint can be used internally or topically on the skin.

Peppermint oil with your massage experience can help improve headaches, reduce muscle inflammation, and help soothe joint pain.

3. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil is very calming and relaxing. Chamomile itself has been enjoyed as tea to relax the drinker. Due to the relaxing nature of chamomile essential oil, it can be used to help with insomnia.When used during a massage, chamomile is beneficial since it is anti-inflammatory. Chamomile essential oil can be used for inflamed skin, arthritis, headaches, sprains, and muscle aches.

4. Basil Essential Oil

Basil is both invigorating and energizing. It can help stimulate the mind. Basil also is considered to be anti-viral and anti-bacterial, making it useful for applications when the user has a cold.

When used with massage, basil essential oil can help soothe achy muscles, reduce symptoms of rheumatism, and decrease fatigue.

5. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is very invigorating and energizing. It has a pleasant but strong lemony aroma and is great for uplifting the wearer. Due to the potent nature of lemongrass essential oil, it should be diluted to no more than 0.7% when used topically.

When used with massage, lemongrass essential oil is beneficial for achy muscle relief. It’s also beneficial for acne and as a treatment for athletes foot when used topically.

These essential oils can be used during a massage to boost the benefits and enhance your overall experience. Our Licensed Massage Therapists at Ballaura Wellness Spa in Olympia, Washington are dedicated to custom tailoring your massage experience to best suit your needs.


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