If you are just getting into massage and massage oils, you probably are baffled by the variety of massage oils. There are basically five common massage oils used regularly in the practice of massage. These oils all have different properties on the skin; some oils have numerous health benefits, others just feel good. The most commonly used oils are sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. These oils are used alone or in conjunction with other oils; each oil is unique with a different feel on the skin and some or no specific health benefits. Sweet almond oil is oily, which allows the masseuse an easy smooth massage on the patient. This is a great oil with people that suffer from dry skin. It is pale yellow in color and absorbs easily into the skin, it does not need constant re-application. It is a non-irritant to skin, but should be avoided by those who have nut allergies. This oil is not expensive.
Apricot kernel oil has a lot of vitamin E, thus it lasts longer. (Vitamin E helps keep oils from going rancid.) It is similar to sweet almond oil in its physical properties. Vitamin E has great restorative properties for the skin. Apricot kernel oil is a great substitute for sweet almond oil, if a person is allergic to nuts. Apricot oil will cost more than sweet almond oil.
Jojoba oil has specific healing properties; it is good for people that have trouble with back acne. This oil possesses antibacterial properties and has esters that are similar to skin sebum. This oil will last a long time and won’t spoil. It is a non-irritating oil absorbed fast, thus it will need to be reapplied often. Its non-irritating properties make it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin. This is an expensive oil.
Sunflower oil also has special restorative properties; it is good for damaged skin from harsh chemical cleansers, soaps, and shampoos. This particular oil contains essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid; these are all common elements of healthy skin. A drawback to this oil, is that sunflower oil spoils fast; buy this oil in small quantities. Avoid this oil if you have allergies to sunflower seeds.
A less common used, but a healing oil is kukui nut oil. Kukui nut is a healing oil for sun damaged skin. It is a great oil for people that have skin that is excessively oily.
One of the most powerful healing oils for massage is sesame oil. It is an oil used in Ayurveda, the Indian healing tradition. Sesame oil helps with constipation, bloating, poor circulation, anxiety and excessive dryness. It is a heavy oil that can be blended with lighter oils.
The best place to order massage oils is over the internet. There are numerous websites to buy them from and they usually sell oils at a discount, since there is no overhead for a retail store.
So hopefully with this brief overview of common massage oils, you will be able to enjoy the healing benefits of different varieties, and textures of massage oils. Enjoy your journey to health, beauty, and wellness.