Best essential oils for aromatherapy massage

Body massages are beneficial, but when combined with the properties of essential oils, their effects can be truly multiplied and pleasure can be combined with well-being, relaxation and health. Here are some ideas for everyday use.


Sports massage mobilises muscles deep down to speed recovery from exertion. It prevents or chases away the aching that occurs when lactic acid accumulates in the muscles.

The essential oil par excellence: 

Wintergreen Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic, it fosters muscular recovery and eliminates lactic acid. It can also be diluted in calophyllum plant oil, particularly recommended for its painkilling properties and ability to prevent muscle spasms.


Massage relaxes and restores suppleness to the body. It chases away physical and nervous tension and creates a ritual that helps people fall sleep, as though it were a (very useful) decompression chamber between being awake and “night mode”.

The essential oil par excellence:

True lavender Wonderfully fragrant, but above all relaxing, calming and sedative, it is vital to relaxation. It can even be used on children under 7. It can be improved with a touch of another relaxing essential oil (Roman chamomile, incense, geranium, marjoram, petitgrain bigarade, green mandarin, lemongrass, etc.).


One of the preferred forms of foreplay for couples, massage relaxes... and its lingering caresses awaken the senses. Fingers that skim over the skin, tender caresses pressing into the skin at varying degrees, trigger the release of endorphins (feel-good molecules), encouraging closeness, intimacy and sexual desire.

The essential oil par excellence: 

Ylang-ylang It is used for its aphrodisiac and relaxing properties. Its fragrances are both exotic and erotic – a touch of ginger can be added (as a physical and sexual stimulant) as can Asian rosewood (for its harmonising properties).

Extract from 48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy, practical guide by Top Santé. 

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