How to Make Your Own Massage Oils

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30-04-2021, 15:40
If you’re itching to give your loved one a massage, you may be wondering how to mix up a batch of massage oil without breaking your budget. Fortunately, you can combine a few different oils to whip up a bottle of massage oil that’s perfect for the occasion. Use caution when working with essential oils, and talk to your doctor if you have any signs of an allergic reaction.

Mixing Carrier and Essential Oils

  1. Pour 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of carrier oil into a small bottle. Carrier oil doesn’t have any smell, so it helps dilute the essential oil and rub it into your skin during a massage. Pick out a skin-safe carrier oil that you like and pour 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of it into a small bottle that has a lid. Carrier oil options include:
    • Grapeseed oil, which has almost no smell and absorbs into the skin well.
    • Jojoba oil, which is a liquid wax that is great for sensitive skin since it isn’t a nut oil.
    • Avocado oil, which penetrates deeply and is great for rejuvenating dry, sensitive skin.
    • Almond oil, which is rich in vitamin A and E and is subtle enough for sensitive skin.
    • Hazelnut oil, which has almost no scent so it won’t overpower other oils. It is a nut oil, so be sure not to use it on anyone with a nut allergy.
    • Wheat germ oil, which is high in vitamin E and can help to soothe and moisturize dry skin.
  2. Mix 18 drops of essential oils into the carrier oil. The blend of essential oils you choose depends on what the goal of your massage is. You can combine whatever oils you like the best with your carrier oil, but try to aim for about 18 drops of essential oil total.
    • To relieve aches and pains, mix in 6 drops of rosemary oil, 6 drops of nutmeg oil, and 6 drops of lavender oil.
    • For a calming massage, combine 5 drops of chamomile oil, 5 drops of bergamot oil, and 5 drops of lavender oil.
    • If you’re using your oil for a foot massage, try 5 drops of peppermint oil, 4 drops of lemon oil, 4 drops of tea tree oil, and 4 drops of rosemary oil.
    • For a romantic massage, mix in 5 drops of ylang ylang oil, 5 drops of sandalwood oil, and 5 drops of jasmine oil.
    • To stay alert, combine 7 drops of ginger oil, 6 drops of grapefruit oil, and 4 drops of juniper oil.
  3. Shake the bottle for 30 seconds to combine the oils. Put the lid on your jar tightly and shake it back and forth to mix the oils together. Make sure the lid is on tight so your oils don’t leak out.
    • Essential oils are pretty strong. If they get on your clothes or furniture, they might end up smelling like your massage oil.
  4. Label the bottle with the scent of the oil and today's date. You may want to make multiple kinds of massage oils for different occasions, and it’s easy to get them mixed up. Put a small strip of tape on the bottle and use a permanent marker to write the name of the mixture and the date you made it.
    • For example, you could write “Foot Massage Oil, May 2020.”
  5. Store your oil in a cool, dry place for up to 12 months. After about 1 year, the carrier oil starts to break down and your massage oil may not smell as fresh as it used to. Try to use your oil quickly and keep it in a cool, dry place, like your kitchen pantry.
    • If you used grapeseed oil as your carrier oil, discard your massage oil after 6 months instead of 12. Grapeseed oil breaks down faster than other oils.
    • If you want to cool down your oil to make it more soothing before a massage, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Using Massage Oils Safely

  1. Do a patch test to see if you are allergic to the oil. Pick out a 2 in (5.1 cm) space on you or your partner’s arm, then swipe some of the massage oil onto the area. Leave the oil on for at least 24 hours, and check for any redness, itching, or swelling, which could indicate an allergic reaction. If your skin does have a reaction, do not use the massage oil.
    • It is important to test every new oil on your skin, even if you’ve tested a different type of essential oil on your body before. Different oils have different substances, and you could be allergic to one oil but not the other.
  2. Keep your massage oil away from the face, genitals, and ears. Essential oils are extremely strong, and they can cause chemical burns on the thinner areas of your skin. Never use your massage oil on anyone’s face, ears, genitals, or around any open wounds.
  3. Stay out of the sun if you apply a phototoxic oil to your skin. Bergamot, lemon, lime, orange, and angelica essential oils can all cause burns to your skin if you go out in the sun after applying them. If your massage oil mix contains any of these ingredients, be sure to warn your massage partner that they need to stay inside for the rest of the day or until they take a shower.
  4. Talk to your doctor before using massage oils if you are pregnant. Essential oils do have the ability to cross the placental barrier, and there isn’t much research on how this affects the fetus. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, do not use massage oil with essential oils in them without talking to your doctor first.
    • Mild essential oils, like lavender oil, may be safe to use, but you should check with your doctor first.
  5. Avoid using massage oils on babies or children. Babies and children have delicate, sensitive skin that is more susceptible to irritation. If you would like to use your massage oil on your child, talk to their doctor to see if it’s safe.
    • Keep your massage oils out of reach of your children when you store them.


Aches and Pains Massage Oil

  • 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of carrier oil
  • 6 drops of rosemary oil
  • 6 drops of nutmeg oil
  • 6 drops of lavender oil

Calming Massage Oil

  • 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of carrier oil
  • 5 drops of chamomile oil
  • 5 drops of bergamot oil
  • 5 drops of lavender oil

Foot Massage Oil

  • 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of carrier oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 4 drops of lemon oil
  • 4 drops of tea tree oil
  • 4 drops of rosemary oil

Romantic Massage Oil

  • 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of carrier oil
  • 5 drops of ylang ylang oil
  • 5 drops of sandalwood oil
  • 5 drops of jasmine oil

Energizing Massage Oil

  • 30 millilitres (0.13  c) of carrier oil
  • 7 drops of ginger oil
  • 6 drops of grapefruit oil
  • 4 drops of juniper oil


  • Make a few different bottles of massage oil at a time so you always have some on-hand.


  • Talk to your doctor if you have any redness, itchiness, or irritation after using massage oils.
  • Always dilute your essential oils before using them. Undiluted essential oils can cause skin irritation and burns.

Things You’ll Need

Mixing Carrier and Essential Oils

  • Bottle with lid
  • Tape
  • Permanent Marker
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