If you're looking for a natural way to reduce inflammation, massage therapy combined with essential oils may be just what you need. These essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that are often used in aromatherapy and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
In this blog, we'll explore how to massage with inflammation reducing oils.
Choose the Right Essential Oils
The first step in using essential oils to reduce inflammation is to pick the right oils. Some of the most effective oils for reducing inflammation include:
- Frankincense: it's known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, stimulation of the mind and anti-cancer and antifungal properties.
- Myrrh: is also known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, as well as wound healing, anti-cancer, relaxing muscles and stimulation of the immune system.
- Lavender: a calming oil that can assist in reducing swelling and promote relaxation.
- Peppermint: a cooling oil that can help minimize redness and ease pain by increased circulation.
- Eucalyptus: a warming oil that can assist to increase blood flow and help minimize pain.
Dilute the Oils
Before using essential healing oils for massage or treating a natural wound, diluting them with carrier oil is important. This will assist to reduce the risk of skin irritation and allows the oils to be absorbed more quickly into the skin. Some popular carrier oils include olive oil, sweet almond, coconut, and jojoba. A safe dilution would be around 3-5% and you should use no more than 20% total essential oils to carrier oils, without proper training.
Apply the Oil
Once you have diluted the essential oils, you can begin the massage. Apply the oil to the area of the body where you are experiencing inflammation, using gentle, circular motions. Be sure to apply enough pressure to stimulate blood flow to the area, but not so much that it causes pain or discomfort.
Use Massage Techniques
In addition to using essential oils, the massage technique can help reduce pain. Some methods to consider include:
- Effleurage: gentle strokes that help warm the muscles and improve circulation.
- Petrissage: deeper massage strokes that help to release tension and increase blood flow.
- Tapotement: rhythmic tapping that can help to reduce inflammation and improve lymphatic drainage.
Focus on Trigger Points
Trigger points are areas of the body where tension and soreness tend to accumulate. Focusing on these areas during the massage can help release tension and reduce inflammation. Some common trigger points include the neck, shoulders, and lower back.
Take Your Time
It's essential to take your time during the massage and not rush through it. Allow yourself at least 20-30 minutes to thoroughly massage the affected area, using a combination of essential oils and massage techniques. This will give your body the time it needs to absorb the oils fully and begin to reduce redness.
After the massage, it's essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will help to flush out any toxins that may have been released during the massage and keep your body functioning at its best.