This massage oil for sore muscles is just what you need to help relieve those aches and pains. It’s super quick to make and really effective so do your muscles a favour and make a batch to have on standby.
Until recently, I’ve never had a need for any kind of massage oil for sore muscles purely because I’ve never really done much to actually get sore muscles. 😂
Then I got my exercise bike and really surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it and how much I could do on there. The first day I got it I did 6km but aside from a couple of days where I’ve been super busy, every day after that I’ve done somewhere between 14km and 31km over one or two sessions on there which I’m really pleased with.
I know that it’s not huge distances for some people but for me it feels like a lot and I can feel myself building up every day and I sometimes get in the zone where I just push myself further than I thought I ever would which has left me feeling a little achey legs muscles the next morning.
I asked Dr Google what I could do to ease sore muscles and one of the top ideas was massage so I thought I’d make up a batch of homemade massage oil and give it a go.
What’s the best oil to use for massage oil?
The main oil that you use in something like this is called your ‘carrier’ oil because its job is to carry the essential oils that you use to your skin so it’s not the star of the show but it’s pretty important that you choose one that will work.
The first thing I looked into when I was thinking about making this was which oil to use as my carrier oil…
- Argan Oil – this is a dry oil so it soaks in quite quickly which is ideal, it filled with vitamins A and E. It’s great for dry hair which is why it’s often an ingredient in expensive shampoos.
- Sweet Almond Oil – this is super moisturising and high in vitamins A and D which makes it a good contender.
- Fractionated coconut oil – this is a liquid form of coconut oil but unlike normal coconut oil, it won’t solidify in in cooler temperatures and it has no scent so it mixes with essential oils very well.
- Jojoba Oil – this is a popular oil because of its similarities with the oil your body produces naturally but it can be quite thick and on the pricey side so is best combined with other oils.
- Rosehip Oil – I usually use Rosehip oil in oils that are going to be used on my face because it’s high in vitamins A and E and has essential fatty acids to promote elastin and collagen production.
I went with Argan oil for my blend because that’s the one that I had in and the fact that it’s a dry oil means that it soaks in easily and doesn’t leave that much of an oily residue on your skin which is what I want.
What’s the best essential oil to use for massage?
I chose a mix of relaxing and invigorating essential oils for mine with lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint but you can just use one oil or your own favourite mix. If I was using one then I would have just gone with peppermint but this blend feels like a good blend for a massage oil for sore muscles.
As always, please read this post before you experiment with Essential Oils and always test anything you make on a small patch of skin prior to using it fully.
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