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April 24, 2018  |  Login
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Aromatherapy massage combines two therapies into one very effective therapy for a multitude of complaints, whether physical, mental, emotional, or a combination of each. Besides, it's one of the most pleasurable experiences around. If you're given a prescription for a massage with sage and geranium for depression, or with eucalyptus and rosemary for a backache, you can rest assured that the treatment will be delightful all by itself-and its healing aftereffects will be an even greater bonus.

Massage alone stimulates circulation, releases toxins from the muscles, relaxes breathing and muscle tension, and soothes the nervous system.

With aromatherapy, massage becomes a multifaceted healer. It delivers aromatic molecules into the body through the skin and the nose to relax or stimulate the body as needed, while providing all the benefits of a full-body massage.

Although there's no substitute for a full-body massage from an experienced practitioner, the benefits of self-massage are well documented. A daily self-massage with a carrier oil that's infused with essential oils will not only moisturize the skin and boost circulation, it can also improve your overall well-being through aromatherapy.

And when you're experiencing a problem, massage can be used to help heal specific parts of the body. You can mix your own blend to use every day; use one-half to 1 teaspoon of essential oil per pint of unscented body lotion or botanical oil, such as sweet almond oil or sunflower oil. For specific ailments, use 1 ounce of a carrier oil to 10 to 20 drops of essential oil, follow a recipe recommended by a trusted expert, or follow the directions of your aromatherapist.

Here are some suggestions to get you started. A muscle sprain or strain can be massaged gently with lavender, juniper, or cypress oil, while varicose veins can be helped with a massage around the affected area with cypress or geranium oil.

Constipation can be treated with a gentle abdominal massage using black pepper, fennel, or marjoram; be sure to massage the area clockwise, from right to left, to follow the path that wastes take through the intestines.

A chest massage with eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender oil can relieve chest infections, while a neck massage with one of these oils can calm a cough.

Massaging the face with eucalyptus or rosemary oil will clear the sinuses (make sure not to get close to the eyes).

Aromatherapy with massage can also focus on the face to improve circulation and reduce facial tension, bringing greater beauty to the skin. Using oils such as bergamot can help combat acne, while sandalwood is good for dry, dehydrated, or aging skin. Facial massage should be done gently and with upward motions only.

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