(Last Updated on : 25/03/2014)
Skincare is not just about face. Other parts of the body deserve the same kind of care and pampering. Just a little body massage with the right aroma oil will not only improve skin's quality, but also make one feel good from inside like never before. Aromatherapy body treatment is relatively inexpensive, fast and effective. A particular area when treated with the particular essential oil responds very fast. Instead of buying an exfoliator to smooth skin, you can make your own and include an essential oil to break down cellulite at the same time. Or instead of using an all-over body lotion, you can create one moisturizer with an essential oil to treat your oily back and another to soothe the dry skin on the rest of your body.
The best time to apply the moisturizers is after a bath or a shower, when skin is soft, warm, damp and slightly swollen with water. Then, the essential oils are absorbed more rapidly into the skin. The next best way to speed up oil absorption is with massage. When oil is rubbed over skin the friction and body heat warms it, so it almost melts into the body. You can follow a complete routine like the energizing top-to-toe self-massage or just rub the oils in using firm, rhythmic palm strokes to create maximum heat and friction. Body moisturizers should be well diluted, as they are supposed to be applied to the entire body. Otherwise the body heat will increase the aromatic powers manifolds. Always apply them sparingly so the carrier oil is totally absorbed. Mix just enough to last for a few days, for the fresher the ingredients the better the beneficial properties. If you really need to mix a large batch, add the contents of a vitamin E capsule or a teaspoon of wheat germ oil to act as a natural preservative. The ideal aromatherapy recipe for body moisturizers should have 15 drops of the essential oil in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) carrier oil.
For the essential moisturizer to be effective, choosing the right carrier oil for good blending is utmost important. Some carrier oils are light and instantly absorbed, some are richer and more emollient and some are particularly good for individual skin problems. Mineral oil is not compatible with the skin; therefore the baby lotions and petroleum jelly products should be avoided. Always buy pure, cold-pressed oils as these are the best quality and blend well with essential oils. You should first measure out your chosen carrier oil into a dark glass bottle, then add the essential oils, drop by drop. Always store in a cool, dark place and shake well before use. The best carrier oils for the body moisturizers are given below:
(for stretch marks).
Apricot kernel, evening primrose
(for oily skin).
(for normal, itchy or sensitive skin).
(for dry skin).
(for rough skin).
It is very important to choose a particular moisturizing essential oil for certain aim in mind. For example, if the aroma is the only goal, then one must choose the oil whose aroma appeals to his/ her senses. If you are using it for a therapy purpose, then choose accordingly for the troubled spot. If the person takes Aromatherapy baths
, the one must carefully match the moisturizing aroma with the ones used in bath. Aroma oils can be combined with a little reason and guidance to get more effects.
Best Aromatic Oils:
Best Therapeutic Oils:
(for oily skin)
(for itchy skin)
(for sensitive skin)
(for dry skin)
(cracked, rough skin)
Since the finished product will cover you from top to toe, remember that the final aroma must be something that delights your nose. To set you on the right track, here is a selection of excellent aromatherapy body moisturizing recipes for you to try. Essential oils can also be added to non-aromatic moisturizers or creams (barring mineral oils). Try any of the following combinations that will turn a normal day or night cream into beneficial aromatherapy treatment. The ratio is two drops of aromatherapy oil to 4fl oz (100 ml) of cream, either used singly or in combination.
1. Rich Moisturizers
a) For Mature Skin
7 drops rose and 4 drops each lavender and sandalwood in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) apricot kernel oil.
4 drops galbanum, 5 drops geranium and 6 drops Lavender in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sesame oil
b) For Dry Skin
8 drops myrrh and 7 drops rose in 60ml (2fl-oz/12 tsp) Peanut oil.
5 drops each patchouli, sandalwood and jasmine in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sweet almond oil.
c) For Summer
4 drops each chamomile, lavender and sandalwood in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) peanut oil.
7 drops each rose and Neroli in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp).
d) For Winter
5 drops each sandalwood, juniper and Petitgrain in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) olive oil.
6 drops lavender, 4 drops frankincense and 4 drops Myrrh in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) of sweet almond oil.
2. Light Moisturizers
a) For Oily Skin
8 drops lavender and 3 drops each lemon and Petitgrain in 60 ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sunflower oil.
5 drops each bergamot, chamomile and geranium in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) safflower oil.
b) For Itchy / Sensitive Skin
5 drops rose and 9 drops chamomile in 60ml (2fl oz/12tsps) sweet almond oil.
8 drops lavender, 2 drops marigold and 5 drops violet in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sweet almond oil.
c) For Summer
5 drops each bergamot, geranium and Neroli in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) safflower oil.
6 drops rose, 4 drops jasmine and 5 drops mimosa in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sunflower oil.
d) For Winter
4 drops each sandalwood, patchouli and myrrh in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sweet almond oil.
6 drops sandalwood and 4 drops each orange and Ylang-Ylang in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sunflower oil.
3. Body Exfoliators
a) For Rough Skin with Patches
5 heaped tablespoons of coarse sea salt in screw-top glass jar.
Add 5ml (0.2fl oz/ 1 tsp) body moisturizer and mix by sprinkling it all over the salt in small droplets.
Then shake the jar to mix and leave overnight before use.
With skin slightly damp, rub it into heels, knees and elbows to remove thick, rough patches of skin.
Rinse off with warm water and apply a body of moisturizer immediately afterwards.
b) For Dry or Coarse Skin
Finely blend or chop two tablespoons of fresh almonds and add enough body moisturizer mix to make a smooth paste.
Coarsely chop two tablespoons of fresh almonds and mix through the paste. This should be used immediately.
With skin slightly damp, rub the paste in circular movements over buttocks, thighs, upper arms, upper back; shoulders or anywhere else that skin is dull.
Finish by rubbing in a rich body moisturizer.
4. Body Pack
a) For a small area of skin
Heat 10 mI (0.4fl oz/2 tsp) body-moisturizer mix by placing the bottle in a vertical / standing position in boiling water.
Then mix with finely blended oatmeal to make a thick paste.
Ideal to spread on a spotty chest or back, or dry patches of skin.
Apply the paste while it is still warm for a drawing effect, then rinse off once it has cooled.
b) For a large area of skin
Combine 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) body moisturizer mix with enough dried kaolin or fuller's earth to make a smooth, soft paste. Apply immediately.
For cellulite, fluid retention or varicose veins, spread the paste thinly over the area and leave it to harden.
Rinse off then massage in a body moisturizer.
5. Body Soak
a) For Rough or Hard Skin
Add 30ml (1 lf oz/6 tsp) body-moisturizer mix to a little hot water in a basin. Use immediately.
Use before a manicure or pedicure.
For patches of very hard skin, use a pumice stone immediately after soaking.
Finish with a body moisturizer.
b) For Thick & Coarse Skin
Add 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) body-moisturizer mix to a little hot water.
Soak a piece of cotton cloth in it until sodden, then wring it out and apply it immediately.
Ideal for softening elbows, knees or other areas of coarse skin before massaging in a body moisturizer.
6. Legs / Feet Area
For cold feet and poor circulation:
3 drops each eucalyptus and ginger in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) olive oil.
For callousness and rough skin:
3 drops each lavender and sandalwood in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) olive oil.
For thick, coarse Knees:
3 drops each rose and lavender in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) olive oil.
For varicose veins on the legs:
2 drops each cypress, lime and marigold in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil.
4 drops each lavender, juniper and rosemary in 60ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) of sesame oil.
For stretch marks:
3 drops lavender and 2 drops each frankincense and sandalwood in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sesame oil.
For fluid retention:
3 drops cypress and 2 drops each geranium and sage in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil.
7. Hands / Arms Area
For slack skin on upper arms:
2 drops each geranium, lemongrass and marjoram in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sesame oil.
For dry skin on elbows:
2 drops each chamomile, jasmine and sandalwood in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) olive oil.
3 drops each bay and sandalwood in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil.
2 drops each lavender, geranium and chamomile in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil.
8. Body Area
For spots and oiliness:
2 drops each chamomile, bergamot and basil in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) safflower oil.
3 drops lavender and 2 drops Neroli in 15ml (0.5fl oz/3 tsp) wheat germ oil.
For excess Perspiration:
3 drops citronella and 2 drops each lemongrass and bergamot in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sunflower oil.
2 drops each peppermint, rosemary and lemongrass in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sweet almond oil.
7 drops each jasmine and Neroli in 60ml (2fl oz/12 tsp) sweet almond oil.