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How to use carrier oils to get the best out of your massage
It’s usual to feel a bit blue at this time of the year, so why not cheer yourself up with a massage to get rid of all those aches and pains before getting stuck in to the festive season.
You don’t have to spend lots to get a relaxing massage - simply invest in some essential oils and carrier oils and rope in a willing partner or friend to get rid of that muscle tension and bring your shoulders back down from where they’ve been living up by your ears.
However, a word of caution: essential oils can cause irritation on bare skin, so they should always be diluted with another substance, such as almond oil, avocado, apricot or grape seed oil.
The difference between the two types is that essential oils are distilled from the aromatic parts of plants, such as the leaves, bark and roots. Carrier oils are derived from the fatty portions of botanicals, like the seeds, nuts and kernels, and do not evaporate as fast or smell as strong as essential oils. The type of carrier you use in your massage oil will depend on the therapeutic benefit you are after - almond oil, for example, is a good emollient and can sooth dry and irritated skin, whereas rosehip oil helps to heal scarring, relieves certain rashes and can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
And these oils are not just good for your skin - they can also help restore your hair to its natural, glossy state. Herbal oils in particular are said to promote hair growth and can be combined with other aromatherapy oils to give your tresses a boost.
In order to enjoy a really relaxing massage, get your would-be masseuse to warm the oil mix in their hands before applying it in long, firm strokes with their fingertips. Add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and let your stresses fall away. Bliss…
Posted by Matilda Jones
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks