Essential Oil Properties
If you have been in to see me you have probably noticed that I often like to incorporate essential oils into your massage experience. I thought I would take a few minutes to share some of the benefits of a few of these oils.
Lavender promotes relaxation and calm. It actually slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure, all good if you want to relieve stress and go into deep relaxation. Inhaling this aromatic is known to lower cortisol levels and increase seratonin. It is great to help you fall asleep at night.
Cypress is a tree that grows in swampy areas of the south. The aroma is fresh and opening. It has antibacterial properties and helps alleviate pollen allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose.
Lemon smells fresh and cheery. It has uplifting and energizing effects. A few drops of good quality oil can also be added to a glass of water for flavor as well as a healthy cleansing effect. Just make sure it’s food grade before ingesting. Lemon is also great for cleaning and freshening and can be used to make natural cleaners all around the home.
Eucalyptus is both stimulating and relaxing. It encourages the person to open up and expand the lungs and breathing. It’s also great for clearing the sinuses.
Peppermint is cooling and refreshing. It penetrates into muscles helping to release deeply held tension and pain. A few drops along the spine can help ease lower back pain. This herb is also well known for its ability to sooth an upset stomach.
Next time you’re in, let me know if you would like to experience any of these oils as part of your massage! They will add another dimension to your relaxation experience.
And for a disclaimer, none of these statements have been approved by the FDA and these oils should not be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.