Making Your Own Massage Oil

by Andrea Butje on December 18, 2013

Massage and Aromatherapy = True Love!

It’s so satisfying to make your own massage oil for the whole body or just the feet! Let’s get right to it. We’ll approach this project in three different ways:

I want to make my own massage oil and…
1. It needs to be simple, easy and fast.
2. I want to be creative.
3. I want a certificate of excellence after I make my oil!

2561264292_3e08bbd05c_n1. It needs to be simple, easy and fast:
Buy a 4 oz (120 ml) bottle of jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
Buy 1/2 oz (15 ml) of Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Add 40 drops of Lavender to the bottle of jojoba
You are done!

create2. I want to be creative:
2 oz (60 ml) of vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
2 oz (60 ml) argan oil (Argania spinosa)
40 drops essential oil


Recipes Options

No More Pain Blend 
10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
10 drops Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
10 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
10 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

Extraordinary Calm
15 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
5 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
20 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

certificate3. I want a certificate of excellence after I make my oil!
1 oz (30 ml) of vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
1 oz (30 ml) argan oil (Argania spinosa)
2 oz (60 ml) avocado oil (Persea gratissima)
40 drops essential oil


Create your own blend, drop by drop. Add one drop at a time and assess the aroma. Continue this process until you reach about 40 drops. Some essential oils have stronger aromas, so you need less in a blend (Ylang Ylang), and with others you can add quite a few drops (citrus oils). * Some oil suggestions below

* Comforting, rich, nourishing oils:
Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

* Relieve Pain and Inflammation: 
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

* Emotionally Uplifting & Bright
Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata)
Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martini var. sofia)
Lime (distilled) (Citrus aurantifolia)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Yuzu (Citrus junos)


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Hillary Arrieta December 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for this post!
I really enjoyed reading it :)


Andrea Butje December 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

Thanks Hillary,
I appreciate your comment, so glad you enjoyed the post! I had fun writing it! :)


betsy bonsignore December 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

A tardy note to say that I love the cleaning compound (baking soda vinegar and oils). It inspired me to get to work right away and things are nicely polished and tidy as a result. Long live your inspiration!!!


Andrea Butje December 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

Thanks betsy! I am so glad you like that recipe, it is one of my favorites.


Maggie December 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thank so much for all the wonderful advice. A year ago I had bought your wonderful book but then my tablet had to’ be repaired so addio book. This coming year, l will buy it again. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.


Andrea Butje December 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Maggie!! :)


LucyQ December 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thank you Andrea! I don’t have jojoba but have an 8oz. bottle of sweet almond oil. What essential oils can go with it to add a sunny fragrance? Right now it smells plain *blah*. It’s dreary, wet & gray here in the Northeast and I’m feeling a little un-sunshiney!


Andrea Butje December 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Sweet Almond works great! How about the Emotionally Uplifting & Bright blend?
Bergamot Mint
Lime (distilled)


kingarthur December 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I am into the power of baking soda just add herbs and you’re at it. Cleaning, rusting and all!


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