Massage oils can be quite expensive to purchase at retail, but making your own oils at home is both simple and fun. The downside to massage oil is that it can ruin fabrics if you use the wrong kind. Water-soluble massage oil is preferred to preserve your linens. You need to know which massage oils and essential oils are water soluble to create a blend that is nontoxic and easily washed from your linens.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Water soluble oil
- Water soluble essential oils
Purchase the right oil for your intended use. Edible massage oils are clearly water soluble and meant for the enjoyment of couples who need massage oil that is safe to eat and nontoxic. Edible massage oils also are readily used by massage therapists. They might contain sesame, sweet almond, apricot kernel, coconut or sunflower oil. These water-soluble oils contain no animal fats or animal by-products, and no perfumes or dyes.
Read labels and look at ready-made blends on the market. Note which oils they contain, and reproduce the oil by purchasing the same ingredients. A typical example is Biotene, which contains coconut oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera. This combination is unscented and washes clean from linens.
Determine which blend you will use in your massage oil and whether you want it to have a scent. Choosing essential oils that are healing and therapeutic are your best bet for creating water-soluble massage oils that not only prevent damage to linens, but also have healing properties. If using essential oils in your preparation, choose those are water soluble, such as lavender and chamomile, which make for a comforting massage.
Note that some massage or essential oils can cause allergic reactions. Apply a small amount of your preparation to the inside wrist of each person you intend to massage. After 20 minutes, proceed with the massage if there is no noticeable reaction.
Tips and warnings
- Sesame, sweet almond, apricot kernel, coconut and sunflower oils can be purchased in almost any grocery store, and can be a base oil used alone or in combination with another oil. These are inexpensive and last a long time. Glycerine is another non-oily massage oil ingredient that contains moisture locking properties.
- Allergic reactions are not common, but they do occur. Nut allergies are common, and sweet almond oil can cause severe allergic reactions in anyone with nut allergies.
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