Best Natural, Organic Massage Oils
Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang ylang, Green Tea and More
The economy has people stressing, and stressing often means getting rid of expenses that help you relax. (See the vicious circle?) Just because you’re skipping the day spa, it doesn’t mean you have to miss your massage. You can always pick up some organic massage oil and enlist the help of a friend or significant other. (Promising to reciprocate is usually enough to inspire your loved one to take up the challenge.) Massage oil is key, as it reduces painful friction and allows you work deeper into stiff, strained muscles. Here’s our look at some great, green massage oils to get you relaxed and ready to face the world.
Best Natural Massage Oils
Lavender Massage Oil from Leaf People is everything you want in a good, basic massage oil. Lavender is a staple of the holistic community, as it allegedly eases stress, anxiety, headaches and more. This strongly-scented oil went on thick, and it took a while to absorb. So a little goes a long way. Made from organic oils of sunflower, sweet almond, apricot, avocado, this product is ethically wild-harvested. And Leaf People donates 3% of net sales to non-profit organizations preserving native medicinal plants – like lavender.
Chamomile Organic Body Oil from Skinny Skinny is another top-rated oil made entirely from natural and organic materials. If you want a light, easy scent, this is the pick for you. It is made from delicately-steeped chamomile, roses, lavender, and calendula oils. The labels are biodegradable, the bottles are recyclable, and Skinny Skinny is 100% carbon-neutral.
J.R. Watkin’s Aloe and Green Tea Body Oil combines the best scent, the best consistency, and the best absorbency. It has a fantastic fragrance that can best be described as “pretty.” In other words, it is lightly floral and reminds you of something you might find in an English garden. The oil absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave you with a greased out feeling. And it is 95% natural and paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free.
Want to keep it simple? Popular Los Angeles trainer and massage therapist Angela Stimson suggests just using organic almond oil with a few drops of ylang ylang oil. Angela recently informed me that almond oil is a lifesaver on cracked or dry skin. She’s also a big fan of organic emu oil, which might work for our non-vegetarian users. It feels richer and creamier than the other oils, and it is anti-inflammatory. It is also said to help relieve joint pain and muscle aches.
Massage Tips and Tricks
And finally, need some help in how to apply the oil? We can’t make you a certified massage therapist, but we can point you to some great tips.
-Make sure the person you are going to massage is on a hard surface, but he or she is made comfortable with cushions and towels.
-When you apply the massage oil, be sure to first rub it on your hands to warm it (no one likes cold oil dripped on his or her back).
-Keep a hand on the person you are massaging at all times – this cuts down on the “surprise” factor and keeps your massagee relaxed.
- Check in with your massagee as to how he or she feels. And be careful not to dig into bone. This hurts. And isn’t relaxing.
-Or just check out this online video, which offers an easy, simply way to do a quick back massage.