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A Distinction Between Oils

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If you are unfamiliar with massage and essential oils, you might be under the impression that they are the same thing.  The truth is that they are both of their own realms.

The main purpose of massage oil is to lubricate the skin to reduce friction while a massage is being performed. The oils provide a smooth glide and easy workability for the practitioner.

There are different factors that come into play when comparing massage oils such as:

·      How the oil spreads

·      Its absorption

·      Its nourishing and moisturizing properties

·      and of course, the smell

Other factors to include are the cost, ease of cleaning, and the way it’s processed.  

Some of the most popular basic massage oils are almond, grape seed, and sunflower oil. Massage oils are also used for “base” or carrier” oils when working with essential oils for aromatherapy.

—Essential oils are different from massage oils in the sense that they have profound effects on the body. These oils are highly concentrated essences derived from various plant and fruit sources.

Essential oils enter the body in three different ways by being applied:

·      To the skin

·      Inhaled

·      or ingested

You almost never directly apply essential oils undiluted to the skin. Normally, you will add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil to every 100 ml/ 4oz of carrier or base oil. Popular essential oils include lavender, ylang ylang, tea tree, and eucalyptus.

If you want to learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy, check out our online CEU course offerings for the month of June—taught by Dr. Haradin, LAc and Marc Gian, LAc.

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