Massaging oils into damp skin after a bath or shower gives the body extra opportunities to absorb vitamin-and mineral-rich antioxidant fruit and vegetable oils. In Ayurveda it is believed to draw toxins to the surface of the skin and to amplify peace of mind, contributing to longevity.
Essential oils have the ability to act on specific body systems as well as on the emotions and mind. But they are too concentrated to be used directly on the skin.
Dilute a few drops in a larger amount of a carrier oil.
Blending rules – choose a carrier (base) oil according to your skin type:
Dry skin – sesame seed, avocado, sweet almond oil.
Delicate skin – apricot kernel, sunflower seed oil.
Irritated skin – jojoba, hemp and extra-virgin olive oils
Inflamed skin – jojoba and extra-virgin olive oils.
Sun-damaged skin – grapeseed, olive, wheatgerm and rosehip oils.
Calming body oil.
Blend 3 drops each essential oils of lavender, geranium and camomile into 4 tbsp sweet almond oil to create this soothing body oil.
Invigorating body oil.
Blend 4 drops essential oil of grapefruit, 3 drops essential oil of geranium and 2 drops essential oil of juniper into 4 tbsp sweet almond oil. (Omit juniper oil if you have kidney problems; grapefruit oil if exposing skin to sun).
To soften scars and promote elasticity, mix 4 drops each essential oils of jasmine and lavender plus 2 drops essential oil of mandarin into 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or argan oil. (Omit mandarin oil if exposing skin to the sun).
Look out for argan oil extracted from the seeds of a Moroccan tree. Highly prized for its anti-wrinkle and skin softening benefits, it helps counter the ravages of sun and wind. This oil is rich in antioxidants – it contains double the amount of tocophenols and almost twice as much sun-saving vitamin E as olive oil. Massage into dry and scarred skin or dab into pimples and acne.