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Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Other natural carrier oils include aloe vera oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil, red turkey oil, sunflower oil, and natural vitamin E oil. Some of these oils are thin, some are thicker. They range from clear to yellow in color and the price ranges from $4.00 to 100.00 depending on the number of ounces you get. My favorites are sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil and red turkey oil. I especially like the red turkey oil because that is the one I make my bath oils with because it actually dissolves in water.

I have been experimenting with some awesome essential oils lately and they have become an important part of my daily routine. They are a great way for me to stay stress-free and calm and to enjoy some awesome healing for my mind, body, and soul. I love using essential oils for my daily relaxation and health.

We live in a busy world and I need to have some time to just relax and enjoy the moment in my day-to-day life. It is hard for me to not feel like I am always running from one place to another. However, with these great essential oils, I can stay in a great mood and I can be focused and feel great in my busy life. I love getting new essential oils.

Finding some great carrier oils for my essential oils helps me to have the best experience for massage and for some aromatherapy as well. I love using carrier oils to dilute my essential oils and help them to carry their properties into my skin. The oils are perfect for helping me to feel and to look my best on a daily basis.

Baby’s Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

  • Chamomile – 1 drop
  • Lavender – 1 drop
  • Geranium – 1 drop
    Dilute in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.

When I first saw my newborn son I exclaimed that he looked awful because of his flaky, wrinkled skin. I felt better when the nurse said that he was a beautiful baby and the matter on his skin would be gone in a few days. My great-grandmother lived with us at that point and she told me to use olive oil on his skin and that eventually got rid of the flaky stuff. Some hospitals use olive oil on newborns and that is better than a mineral-based oil but some olive oil has gone through a lot of processing and may have been stored for a long period of time.

The best oil to use on your newborn baby’s skin, especially for that first cleaning in the hospital, is composed of 2 tablespoons almond oil with 5 drops of evening primrose oil, plus 3 drops of jojoba oil and 10 drops of wheatgerm oil. This is a mild, odorless oil and hospital staff should have no objection to using it to clean the baby after its birth. This oil can also be used as a massage oil for you and the baby later.

massage fat blasterWe all need a good massage occasionally and I have a recipe for a massage oil that will have you wanting a massage everyday. You only need a 1 ounce bottle filled with 1 ounce of liquid shea oil. The essential oils to add are:

  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops neroli
  • 3 drops lavender

After adding the essential oils to the liquid shea oil, screw the cap on and shake gently. Pour about the size of a quarter into your hands and massage all over you body avoiding your face, eyes and sensitive areas. When the massage is completed, always wash your hands.

Essential Oil Bases

Author: Dr. Larita

Pure aromatherapy grade essential oils are highly concentrated and should not be used directly on the skin. When you start using essential oils, you should also become familiar with what we call carrier, vegetable, or base oils. You may only need to use 1 drop of essential oil and by itself, that will not go very far, but if you dilute it in a carrier or base oil, it will cover a large area.

Carrier oils are vegetable, nut or seed oils and many of them have their own therapeutic properties. Vegetable oils come from the seeds of plants that have oil-bearing seeds. There are many of this type of seed but only a few are produced commercially. Aromatherapy vegetable oils should be cold pressed. They are not produced in the same way that the oils on your supermarket shelves are produced. Use the following guidelines when diluting essential oils into carrier oils.

Minimum-maximum drops eo          Into measurement of base oil

0-1 drop                                                         1/5 teaspoon
2-5 drops                                                       1 teaspoon
4-10 drops                                                    2 teaspoons
6-15 drops                                                    1 tablespoon
8-20 drops                                                   4 teaspoons
10-25 drops                                                 5 teaspoons
12-30 drops                                                 2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon = 5 ml
2 teaspoons = 10 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml

When you purchase essential oils, it is good to know that approximately:

20 drops = 1/5 tsp essential oil
40 drops = 2/5 tsp essential oil
60 drops -= 3/5 tsp essential etc.

Our senses allow us to perceive our environment, and we depend on our senses to inform us of what causes us pleasure and what causes us displeasure. Smell, while a sense not as often depended on as sight or sound, can be one of the most powerful senses associated with pleasure.  Smell is the sense we most strongly associate with memory, and much of our knowledge of pleasure is based on what has pleased us in our previous experiences.  During practices like massage, which are designed to relieve stress, aromatherapy massage oils in tandem with massage can be a highly sensual experience. Smell combined with stimulation for the other senses can result in a much more pleasurable experience, regardless of the activity.

Whether it’s a bath, a romantic dinner, or a sensual massage, always incorporate smell into your most pleasurable experiences and you will be satisfied with the results. There’s just no comparison!

I am a retired educator and during my years in the schools, I saw many children miss too much school because of earaches. Recurrent earaches could be a sign of a perforated eardrum or an infection and the child should see a pediatrician. However, for a common earache, use one teaspoon of warm sweet almond oil with one drop of lavender and one drop of chamomile added and blended well. Soak  a small cotton ball in the mixture and use it to plug the ear.

You can also massage around the ear area, up the neck and across the cheekbone with the following mixture diluted in 1 teaspoon of almond oil:

  1. Tea tree – 3 drops
  2. Thyme – 1 drop
  3. Lavender – 2 drops

Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by hot dry itchy skin, with symptoms that often vary over the course of the seasons or even days. It is provoked when the subject is exposed to certain triggers, especially allergens, emotional stress, heat, sweating and mechanical irritants (solvents, chemicals, detergents, bleach, woolen clothing, skin care products that contain alcohol, and certain soaps or fragrances.)

Skin with itchy eczema must be kept moisturized throughout the day. You can massage the area twice daily with 10 drops of chamomile german essential oil (EO), 5 drops yarrow EO, 5 drops tagetes EO diluted in 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 30 drops of jojoba oil, and 10 drops of evening primrose oil. A natural skin moisturizer like shea butter should also be used after a bath or shower and each time you wash your hands if they are the affected area.

To keep your eczema under control with an alternative to prescription medicine method try the following:

  • Prevention –  Avoid or reduce your exposure to things that can irritate your skin such as household cleaners, detergents, certain soaps and wool clothing.
  • Moisturize – Use a moisturizer like shea butter or mango body butter on your skin every day to help keep it soft and supple.
  • Don’t Scratch – Even when it itches! Scratching irritates the skin and causes it to break and crack, leading to infection.
  • Identify Your Triggers – This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the culprit even better. If you believe a food is causing your problems, ask your doctor about an allergy test or try an elimination diet to identify the irritating product on your own.
  • Keep Hands Dry – Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to Moisturize.
  • Wear Protective Gloves – Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them (dish washing, house cleaning.)
  • Stress Management – Learn to manage your stress through regular exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga.

Many different kinds of fixed oils can be used to dilute essential oils. These are the base oils used in making many natural cosmetic or beauty products. Fixed oils do not evaporate like essential oils and are often called carrier oils. Each oil has different properties and will impart those into the products you make.  Essential oils should be blended with a carrier oil to make it safe for use on the skin. Carrier oils are base oils that are used as solvents to dilute essential oils when they are used for aromatherapy massage.

Aromatherapy carrier oils like sweet almond oil, jojoba or grapeseed oil, when processed properly, contain a considerable amount of vitamins and other beneficial properties. Also, when applied to the skin, they should feel light and smooth and not sticky or greasy. In addition, carrier oils are not only important to the practice of aromatherapy but also to the soap making industry.

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