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Benefits of adding essential oils to massage

Massage is considered one of the most effective ways of administer essential oils, The essential oils are absorbed through the skin into the
bloodstream, and the therapeutic properties of the essential oils will
reach different parts of the body. The essential oils have powerful
therapeutic properties that will enhance the healing effects of the
massage. The benefits of massage are many and, with the right choice of
essential oils, the healing is enormous. The muscles, nerves, and the
lymphatic system all benefit from massage.

The only way lymph moves around is with the help of muscular contraction and relaxation, Massage will increase those functions so the movement
of lymph is encouraged. Oils like
peppermint, juniper berry, rosemary, orange and grapefruit
will stimulate the circulation of the lymph and tissue fluids. The
circulation of blood is also increased during massage, and the amount
of blood cells is increased. The blood flows three times faster than
normal during massage, and the work required by the heart is reduced.

The main function of the lymphatic system is to drain the excessive fluid from the tissues and the cells, help fighting infections, and
distribute fat soluble nutrients. Juniper Berry essential oil is a
powerful diuretic, and can therefore enhance the healing of massage in
conditions such as fluid retention, by increasing the flow or urine.
All essential oils with diuretic properties will assist in increasing
the detoxification process in the body. Young Living has a massage oil,
Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil, that has juniper and grapefruit added already.

The skin becomes firmer, more elastic, and softer by massage since the circulation to the skin is enhanced. The increased circulation of the
blood stimulates the nerve supply to the muscles, and therefore the
muscle tone is improved.
Black Pepper is a circulatory stimulant that will increase circulation, and assist in improving the muscle tone.

Massage can also be used to relieve pain, encourage relaxation and assist in elimination of toxins. Essential oils with analgesic properties like black pepper
( Piper nigrum), bay (Laurus nobilis) and cajuput (Melaleuca
leucadendron) are excellent choices in conditions of aches and pain.
PanAway and Aroma Siez are also analgesic blends especially useful after exercise. For your convenience, Young Living has made special Ortho Sport Massage Oil Blend and an Ortho Ease Massage Oil Blend.

Massage is beneficial to the nervous system and it can be either sedating or uplifting. Bergamot (Citrus aurantium var, bergamia) and basil (Ocimum basilicum) are essential oils with with affinity with the nervous system, Bergamot is a relaxant nervine, and beneficial in relieving tension in the body. Basil is a stimulant nervine and will stimulate the body. Nervines strengthen the body. The Relaxation Massage Oil Blend already has a variety of essential oils added. Joy essential oil blend is a wonderful luxurious mixture of uplifting essential oils. Harmony is an essential oil blend with balancing, calming and liberating oils.

You can make massage oil blends and rub on your own skin, it doesn't have to be done by a professional massage therapist. You might not get the
whole body massage, but it is still beneficial. I like to add essential
oils to massage oil and use it instead of body lotion after the shower,
or to put on aching joints or muscles.
Please remember it is not advisable to massage in conditions such as inflamed or swollen joints, fractures, hemorrhages, inflammation, inflamed
veins, or cancer.
I like to gently put on a massage oil blend in situations where my son has sprained his ankle, or is in pain from playing football.

Check out my pages on Safety and Dilution before you start. Check with your doctor if medical conditions exist.

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