If you’ve ever had a good massage, you about the amazing effects it has on your body and mind.
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 and works especially well for relaxation massages.
You can use it either pure or as a carrier oil enriched with essential oils.
Many spas around the world use coconut oil as massage oil because it’s so good for the skin and very pleasant in its use. Coconut oil absorbs easily and leaves a nice softening layer.
Lauric acid, vitamin E and other antioxidants in coconut oil have powerful anti-aging properties.
The oil gently moisturizes and revitalizes skin, strengthens skin tissue and improves skin tone. Its antimicrobial properties protect it against bacteria, parasites and fungi.
You can use coconut oil as massage oil for all skin types including sensitive skin.
More about the health benefits of coconut oil for your skin here.
You can use coconut oil as massage oil in both solid and liquid consistency.
If used in solid form, it will quickly melt between your hands.
For a full body massage you’ll need about a tablespoon of coconut oil, depending on your personal preference.
If you’re not sure how much to use, start out with a teaspoon of coconut oil and add more while massaging.
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 is why it’s always liquid.
While this can be practical, especially in cold climates, 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.
Optional: upgrade your massage 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