Massage oil tips

Caregivers, massage therapists, physical therapists and families can create their own massage oil based on the current health issues of the client.

Massage stroke: One motion, downward or upward. Circular in the abdomen.

Top base oil (90% of the mixture): coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, castor oil and almond oil

Top essential oils (5-10% of the mixture): eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree, spearmint, lemon grass, peppermint, ginger, thyme, lemon

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Kidney health

Mix a base of coconut oil and add eucalyptus essential oil (anti-fungal properties) to the massage oil mix. In downward motion, press lightly from top of lungs to the buttocks. Massage lower legs and feet.

Sprain and strain in joints and muscles

Mix turmeric powder, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oil to base of coconut or apricot oil. Spend more time to do light massage to let oil absorbed by the skin. You can also add Vitamin C powder and MSM.

Immune system, heart and lungs

Any oil combo can be used to massage armpit and inner thigh. Add peppermint or spearmint to aid in lung function. Add garlic, ginger , fish oil , Vitamin E and CQ10 gel (from capsule).

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Story: My grandma from Pototan Iloilo uses a massage mix of coconut, salt, garlic, ginger, oregano leaves and other herbs. She died at 94 from poor nutrition. She worked hard during her early years as farmer, seamstress, cook and massage therapist for her family of 6 children and 30 grandchildren.



DIY Vapor Rub

DIY Vapor Rub Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil
  • 2 TBSP beeswax pastilles (level, not heaping)
  • 20 drops of eucalyptus oil (use only 4 drops for use on babies and young children)
  • 20 drops peppermint oil (substitute 4 drops for essential oil for use on babies and small children)
  • 10 drops rosemary oil (omit for use on babies and small children)
  • 10 drops cinnamon or clove oil (optional – omit for use on babies or small children)
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Connie’s comments:

If you want to remove warts, you can use few drops of Tea Tree essential oil.

If you want to avoid insect bugs, you can use few drops of lemon grass essential oil.

My favorite is lemon and eucalyptus essential oil combo.

Both Eucalyptus and peppermint has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

I would use fresh ginger or powder for arthritis. You may add turmeric, although this will add color to your bed sheets or clothing.

I will add Vitamin E oil as skin food.



Massage oil of lemon grass, rosemary and grapefruit oil (as base) for arthritis pain

My 81 yr mom has severe arthritis that she cannot walk. I massaged her body with oil consisting of a base of grapefruit oil and added essential oils of lemon grass (kills germs) and rosemary oil (Vitamin C rich).

Lemongrass essential oil is used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain, externally to kill bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches, and internally to help your digestive system.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits

Lemongrass essential oil is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and vitamin C. It also provides essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.

Some of the most common lemongrass essential oil benefits are:

  • Relieves headaches
  • Reduces stomach aches
  • Alleviates abdominal and muscle pain
  • Kills germs
  • Acts as an astringent
  • Reduces fever
  • Boosts energy
  • Eases digestive tract spasms 

Coconut oil, ground ginger, ground cayenne pepper, ground turmeric, grapeseed oil as anti-arthritis balm for pain relief

Pain relief in a cream

I was searching for an anti-arthritis pain relief in a cream, balm or oil at a drugstore last night and I could not find one with ginger. My mom loves the effect of ginger balm when she massage her aching body at age 78.

DIY anti-arthritis balm

So, here is a DIY anti-arthritis balm t hat works wonder in many pains and aches in your body when applied as massage balm.

Heat 1/2 cup of coconut oil or Grapeseed oil  in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted. Combine in large bowl with 1/2 cup of light oil and 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper, ginger and turmeric.Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about a half hour.

If you have light or fair skin don’t use the turmeric. If you decide to do ginger and cayenne then you want to replace the tablespoon of cayenne in the recipe with 1 1/2 teaspoons each of ginger and cayenne. If you want to use all three then use 1 teaspoon of each. Remove bowl from refrigerator. Using blender to whip on medium high speed for about 10 minutes or until creamy. Spoon into an airtight container and place it back in the refrigerator until hardened.

Anti-arthritis : Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and cayenne are powerful pain relief no matter what you choose. All are 100% natural and safe to use. How to use it: Massage a small amount into your skin over the area that hurts for about 30 seconds. You might feel a slight warming sensation. That is the capsaicin in the cayenne pepper (or ginger or turmeric) which is what relieves the pain.

You should start to feel immediate relief but if after 20 or 30 minutes you are still hurting you can apply more. It is safe to apply as much as you like. Make sure to rub it in thoroughly for it to work and to wash your hands before touching your eyes or mouth. The cayenne or cayenne and ginger will not stain your skin in any way. I have the palest ivory skin and haven’t had a problem with the either staining my skin.

The turmeric may discolor your skin temporarily if you have light skin. If this bothers you then skip the turmeric when making the recipe. What you can use it for: Everything that pains you. From migraines to back aches to arthritis, this pain relieving body butter will not only leave you pain free but silky smooth too.


Connie Dello Buono

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Sore muscles herbal remedy

Grandma Claudia would mix gas, ginger, salt, garlic and other herbs to massage her aching body. My mom would use apricot oil, coconut oil and add other herbs like ginger, mint to the mix.

Here is another way of preparing an herbal remedy for sore muscles.

When fighting against winter’s workload try these homemade herbal remedies for sore muscles.

There’s not much anyone can do to lessen the workload that comes with these busy, chilly months . . . but I can tell you about a few treatments that’ll help you relax your fatigued body and perhaps make tomorrow’s chores seem just a bit easier.

When muscles tighten (as they do when they’re overworked), they hamper the circulatory system, thereby preventing nutrients from reaching the muscle cells in adequate quantities. Moreover, lactic acid builds up in the stressed tissue, causing soreness. It makes sense, then, that the first step toward bringing some vitality back into your aching frame is to get the blood pumping to those undernourished cells again by using these homemade herbal remedies for sore muscles.


As most folks know, heat causes blood vessels to enlarge, thus encouraging circulation. However, as anyone who had, labored on a hot afternoon will likely attest, excessive heat can cause a feeling of sluggishness . . . so be careful not to overdo this type of “cure”. In coping with minor muscle pain, for example, two or three applications of heat a day should be more than adequate. (If swelling accompanies the soreness, though, your muscle may be torn or sprained . . . and in such a case the area should be elevated to encourage draining, and cold compresses should be used to reduce the inflammation. Keep in mind that the following remedies are for sore—not swollen—muscles.)


You’ll find that heating pads—the usual means of applying soothing warmth to aching limbs—come in various styles. I prefer strip (as opposed to the more traditional rectangular) warmers, because the scarf-like shape is ideal for wrapping around a sore area. Some brands even come equipped with an insert that can be moistened and safely attached to the heating unit, and this feature provides penetrating wet heat.

Balms and ointments are also popular means of applying heat to sore muscles. And, since the main ingredient in the various commercial products (Ben-Gay, Absorbine, Tiger Balm) is wintergreen oil, homemade balms are easy to prepare herbal remedies for sore muscles . . . and will save you a bit of money, too.

To make your own rub, simply put one tablespoon each of several herbs—lavender, rosemary, calendula, chamomile, camphor, ginger, eucalyptus, and wintergreen are all good choices—in the top of a nonmetal double boiler. (Note: Never use iron, brass, copper, zinc, or aluminum containers for preparing herbal remedies, as the plant ingredients may chemically react with the metal . . . corroding the vessel and contaminating the solution.)

Each of the herbs mentioned here falls into one of three medicinal categories: external tonics, anti-inflammatory agents, and counter-irritants. Lavender and rosemary, for example, which both have camphor in their leaves that helps draw blood to the skin surface (as does the oil of camphor available at drugstores), are considered external tonics . . . ginger, calendula, and chamomile are anti-inflammatory agents . . . and eucalyptus and wintergreen are penetrating oils, which irritate and stimulate the muscle, causing lactic acid to be flushed out. Therefore, to prepare an effective balm, herbs from all three categories should be included.

Once you’ve measured out the herbs you’ve chosen, cover the mixture with two to four cups of oil—corn, safflower, sesame, sunflower, peanut, olive, or almond oil will work—and gently simmer the concoction for about an hour. Then strain the blend through a fine-meshed cloth—pressing the herbs as you do so—and store the oil in a sterilized jar. (You can add two to three tablespoons of beeswax or paraffin if you’d prefer an ointment.)

Because rubs offer only surface relief, they’re unable to tackle deep muscular pain. You can, however, obtain greater heat penetration—with these same salves—using a homemade hot pack. To do so, put the oil or ointment on your tender spot and cover that area with gauze or a piece of lightweight cotton cloth. Next, cover the bandage with a sheet of plastic wrap, thereby creating a vapor trap, and secure the clear film with skin-sensitive tape (it’s available at most drugstores). Finally, enclose the whole shebang in an Ace bandage. (You’ll find this pack particularly useful when circumstances force you to go on working after doctoring your ills.)

The herbal bath is yet another common means of treating aches and pains. I’ve found that a mixed infusion of stinging nettle, yarrow ) is extremely effective for relaxing sore muscles. You’ll probably want to experiment with other herbal recipes, too. For example, try substituting mint, chamomile, calendula, comfrey, mullein or marigold flowers, hops, mugwort, or wild marjoram for the herbs listed above. Chamomile and mint are valuable for their antiseptic properties . . . mugwort, wild marjoram, mullein, hops, and chamomile are “nervines”, or substances that have a calming effect . . . and the remaining herbs mentioned here are known for their effectiveness as anti-inflammatory agents.

To brew up your herbal soak, fill an enamel, earthenware, or glass pot with two quarts of water and add a handful each of  yarrow and stinging nettle (if the latter is fresh, you’ll want to wear gloves when handling it). Use plants that are no more than a year old (if possible, harvest your own fresh herbs), as their potency does generally diminish with age. Bring the concoction to a boil and let it simmer for three minutes, then turn off the heat and allow the pot to sit—covered—for another 20 minutes. After it’s had time to steep, strain out the plants and add the infusion to your bath.

The temperature of the water in the tub should be comfortably warm, rather than piping hot, to prevent a shock to your system and to be sure you’re left feeling refreshed rather than fatigued. To obtain the best possible results, soak in the herbal brew for a good 20 minutes . . . and, while doing so, gently massage your body until you feel a comforting warm glow all over.


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