If you’ve ever had a good massage, you know the amazing effect it has on your body, mind and spirit.
Regular massages are a wonderful addition to your self-care routine – whether it is to relax, energize, rejuvenate, recover or as part of a cleansing process.
A good massage can make you feel reborn.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural massage oils, especially for relaxation massages. You can use it either pure or as a carrier oil enriched with essential oils.
Many spas around the world use this oil as it’s packed with all the goodness our skin needs. The skin absorbs it easily and the oil leaves a nice softening layer.
Lauric acid, vitamin E and other anti-oxidants in coconut oil contain powerful anti-aging properties. The oil gently moisturizes and revitalizes skin, giving it a healthy looking skin tone.
Coconut oil massage oil is suitable for sensitive skin and helps relief sunburn.
It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic.
You can read more about the health benefits of coconut oil for your skin here
Both liquid and solid coconut oil can be used as massage oil. If you are using the oil in solid form, it will quickly melt between your hands.
You might have noticed that some coconut products are made from fractionated coconut oil. This type of coconut oil has had the Lauric acid removed which maintains it always liquid, no matter the temperature. While this can be practical for products that need to stay liquid, I personally prefer regular virgin coconut oil.
Lauric acid has so many health benefits that I wouldn’t want to miss out on – it’s the essential part of coconut oil.
Fractionated coconut oil needs to be processed, which often happens chemically. Any processing alters the natural quality of the oil. If you decide to use fractionated coconut oil, make sure you buy a good quality one that is produced in the most natural way.
For a full body massage you’ll need about a tablespoon of coconut oil, depending on your personal preference.
You can start out with half a teaspoon of coconut oil and add more while massaging.
Optional: upgrade your coconut oil massage oil by mixing in some essential oils. Here are some commonly used essential oils and their properties:
Bergamot: relaxing, uplifting
Cedar wood: calming
Chamomile: calming, uplifting
Jasmine: relaxing, uplifting
Lavender: relaxing, soothing
Patchouli: energizing, relaxing
Rose: relaxing, soothing
Rosemary: stimulating, uplifting
Sandalwood: relaxing, calming