Hi, there Ladies and Gents!
It is finally my favorite time of year again! Yippee! The sky is turning a paler blue, the air is beginning to get significantly cooler, leaves are beginning to change gorgeous shades of gold, orange, and red. Soon it will be time to carve pumpkins and attend Halloween parties. With this beautiful change of weather and season, I thought I would switch things up a little and share a nice DIY body oil recipe with you. This is a unisex blend that will work for women and men alike.
As the air gets colder and drier it is important to give your skin a little extra TLC to help keep it smooth and supple. I have designed this recipe to be non-greasy, soothing, invigorating, and warming with a sweet, spicy herbal scent reminiscent of this time of year. It is a great pick me up and is also therapeutic.
You can use it to help feel refreshed each morning or for sore muscles after an intense workout. It may even help fight off colds or the flu. I chose moisture boosting, anti-aging, nourishing, carrier oils and warming essential oils to help take the chill off while keeping your skin lovely, plus you will smell amazing! You can use this any time of year too. This also makes a great gift.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage is generally considered part of alternative medicine but has grown in popularity over the years. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard medical treatments for a wide range of medical conditions and situations and of course it is widely used in Spas as part of beauty treatments. Studies of the benefits of massage therapy demonstrate that it is a very effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension which is one of the reasons it has been used in sports medicine for many years. Athletes regularly receive massage to help reduce and relieve sports-related injuries.
- Increasing circulation
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Digestive disorders
- Soft tissue strains or injuries and much more.
Besides the benefits for specific physical conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of relaxation, caring, comfort, and connection. I know that I am always up for a good massage.
Despite its numerous benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care or advice and I am not a doctor. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have already been given.
For some basic massage, tips and techniques check out this video here –
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Ingredients Spotlight ~
Carrier or base oils are typically natural vegetable or fruit oils that provide the foundation for skin care recipes such as body oils, facial moisturizes, skin serums, etc. They supply moisture to the skin and add a protective barrier. Make sure that the oils you purchase are organic and cold pressed. Some oils are solvent or heat extracted which damages the oil and causes it to lose vital nutrients and the non-organic oils also contain pesticides. These are the last things you want to be smeared on your skin. So, make sure it is clearly stated on the label and brand’s website organic and cold pressed.
Pumpkin Seed Oil ~ Rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants. It has tremendous benefits for the skin in terms of retaining moisture, fighting free radicals and maintaining a youthful appearance. It is anti-inflammatory and is high in linoleic acid which is very healing.
Apple Seed Oil ~ Light and easily absorbed into the skin. This precious oil helps soften, hydrate and protects the skin. It is high in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. It has been shown to boost collagen, is anti-aging, contains antioxidants that act as a natural sunscreen, treats and prevents acne.
Pomegranate Seed Oil ~ Super emollient yet also easily absorbed into the skin. Pomegranate seed oil contains a unique polyunsaturated oil called “punicic acid”, an omega 5 fatty acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties making it great for use on sensitive, dry or inflamed skin. The oil fends off free radicals to keep skin aging at bay. It also provides protection against sun damage and wrinkles and helps improve overall skin texture.
These are the natural spice and plant compounds that will provide the lovely scent and various therapeutic and beautifying benefits to your skin when combined with the carrier oils. Again, make sure you purchase organic and steam distilled EO’s so as to avoid exposing yourself to any toxins.
Ginger ~ This pungent and spicy oil comes from the same root used in cooking. It is very warming and soothing oil. Toning and antioxidant properties that help to improve the look of skin, heal scars, improve stretch marks, has major anti-aging benefits, evens skin tone and improves texture. It also contains –
- aphrodisiac and stimulating properties
Clove ~ Sweet and spicy.It helps combat fatigue by increasing blood circulation. Acts as a cardiovascular booster and brain stimulating tonic. Soothes and relieves muscle fatigue and much, much more. Clove oil boasts excellent –
- aphrodisiac and stimulating properties.
**Note – This oil is quite potent so please do a skin test before using it on your whole body.
Frankincense ~ Slightly sweet, spicy, pungent, and herbal. This ancient oil is great for nearly any skin condition from burns, rashes, cuts, scrapes, to oozing sores. It’s also fantastic for mature, prematurely aging, and environmentally stressed skin. Full of –
- anti-fungal, and skin refining properties.
Sandalwood ~ Soft, woodsy, and slightly balsamic. This beautiful oil is known for being an –
- sedative and tonic substance
- Excellent for a broad number of skin conditions from oily, dry, sensitive, inflamed, and acne-prone or stressed, aging, and damaged skin.
Cypress ~ Comforting herbaceous aroma.
- aroma-therapeutic respiratory tonic and sedative substance.
Cinnamon ~ Sweet, spicy, and warming. The oil from this widely used culinary spice contains –
- astringent and anti-clotting properties
- It is rich in essential minerals such as manganese, iron, and calcium
**Note – Like clove oil, this is very strong so use very sparingly and always do a skin test.
Fir Needle ~ Refreshing, herbal, balsam pine scent. Health benefits include –
- relaxing and refreshing
- reduces pain
- prevent infections
- improve respiratory function
- increase the metabolism
The above recipe is just a suggestion and can be adjusted to suit your individual needs and preferences. Have fun with and feel free to experiment with the ratios or substitute other oils that you like better such as Cardamom instead of Cinnamon or maybe even adding a little Vanilla. You can also use different carrier oils such as Jojoba, Grapeseed, Olive or Sesame.
Do you have a favorite DIY skin care recipe that you would like to share? If so please feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!
Valora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.