Here are the Best Essential Oils to use for Massage Therapy

best essential oils to use for massage therapy

When giving a massage to someone else, the best way to enhance the experience and improve the way the person feels while you are relieving their pain and making them feel more comfortable is to use different types of essential oils.

While a traditional massage can naturally relieve pain and reduce stress, the use of essential oils helps amplify the effect that such a therapeutic method of treatment can have on a person. If you are a massage therapist and you would like to make sure your clients are having the best experiences while they are receiving massages from you, there are certain essential oils that you should use because of the positive impact they can have on people.

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Why Use Essentials Oils?

Using assorted essential oils during a massage is ideal because many of the oils have been proven to improve a person’s mental and physical health. The purpose of a massage is to help people relax while eliminating some of their pain. Some people may come to you because they are dealing with a lot of back pain and joint pain, but others will come to you because they feel stressed and their bodies are aching because they never truly take the time to rest and relax. Providing a service where you are creating a relaxing environment, help a patient with their pain, and use different oils that can boost their mood is something that will help a lot of people while making them want to continue coming back to you for additional massage services.

Top Essential Oils for Massage Therapy

Some oils are simply better to use during massages than others. It is good to know which ones to have in your establishment when you are going to work with a client. You may even want to give your clients an opportunity to choose the specific oils they want to use out of the collection of different essential oils that you have available. You can explain the benefits of each of the oils to your clients while letting them smell the different scents before they make their selection.1

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Lavender Essential Oil

One of the best oils to start using when giving a massage is lavender essential oil. It is quite affordable, easy to find, and rather effective. It is used in many ways and has been used for centuries. Some people use it on their scalps while trying to get their hair to grow back while others add it to their bathwater or have it applied to their skin during a relaxing massage.

The lavender oil is diluted before it is applied to the skin, and then a generous amount of it may be rubbed on different parts of the body, including the back, legs, arms, and even the neck.

The oil helps soothe the skin, leaving it hydrated and feeling soft. However, it does much more than just hydrate the skin when it is applied. The scent of lavender is believed to be quite therapeutic, helping improve a person’s mood while encouraging relaxation.2

There are a lot of people who choose to add lavender to a diffuser when they are at home to get a bit of a mood boost while relieving tension headaches.

If you are using lavender essential oil in your establishment, the smell of the product alone could make the entire massage experience that much more enjoyable for your clients.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Another great oil to use with massage therapy is frankincense essential oil. If you have never heard of this oil before and are not sure what it smells like, it is known for having a bit of a slightly sweet and fresh scent to it.

Most people love the smell of it and have no problem using it in a diffuser, but it is something you can use during massage therapy sessions with your clients as well. In fact, it has been used for decades by those looking to naturally relieve stress and anxiety.

Because clients may come to you feeling stressed and anxious over situations in their lives, using this type of oil would be a great way for you to help them relax and have a good time while they are on the massage table.

In the past, a study was performed on patients with cancer to see if certain aromatherapy sticks would help them get more sleep at night. Many of the patients with aromatherapy sticks containing frankincense oil noticed an improvement in the quality of their sleep.3

With that in mind, this may be the perfect essential oil for you to use on any of the clients who tell you that they are not sleeping well because of their stress. Giving them a therapeutic massage with frankincense oil could make them feel much better while helping improve their quality of sleep that night.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin essential oil is a great oil to use when giving a massage because of its fresh, citrus scent. It is going to smell a lot like something you would start to smell when slicing into an orange. Most people associate oranges with breakfast and the morning, which is likely one of the many reasons why the smell of mandarin makes people feel more alert and awake.4

Clients who are feeling more tired than usual could benefit from having this specific type of oil used during a massage because it could leave them feeling more energized than they felt before they walked into your establishment.

Not only is it good for making people feel more awake and alert, but it has also been shown to boost mood. It can also be blended with several other oils to maximize its impact. Some people enjoy blending frankincense with mandarin essential oil to create a blend that smells good and offers many benefits.

sandalwood essential oil

Sandalwood Essential Oil

As can be expected, sandalwood has a wood-like scent to it. However, the scent is not overpowering. In fact, it is described by many as having a nature-like, earthy scent that is simply relaxing. It is a great scent that may be mixed with a few other essential oils or used on its own when you are performing a gentle, soothing body massage on one of your clients.

There are many benefits associated with sandalwood. It is commonly used as a homeopathic treatment for those suffering from eczema, a problematic skin condition that leaves the skin feeling itchy and excessively dry.

Aside from being used to treat eczema, it is known for helping improve clarity, making it easier for people to focus.5


By using essential oils when you are massaging your clients, you can make the experience even more enjoyable for them, which will likely keep them coming back to you each time they want to pamper themselves with a soothing and relaxing body massage.

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By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sexy

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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