Homemade Romantic Massage Oil Recipe

Make your own massage oil with this inexpensive and easy recipe. Includes instructions on how to use it.

All couples know that it can be hard to keep the romance in a relationship. Work, stress, the kids, and a million other things seem determined to ruin any chance at intimate moments. Still, there are ways to keep your love life from disappearing entirely. Some, like exotic vacations and fancy dinners, are too expensive for a lot of us to do on a frequent basis. However, others can be enjoyed by couples with minimal expense. Nothing says love like a romantic massage given by one partner to the other. You do not have to be a professional masseuse to ignite a little passion, either. All you really need is to set the mood and use a wonderfully fragranced massage oil. For lovers on a tight budget, this massage oil recipe will work like a store-bought blend for a fraction of the price.

The Power of Touch

Since ancient times, people have understood that touch has profound physical and emotional effects. Premature babies thrive when they have frequent skin-to-skin contact with their parents. A famous Chinese sage once said that the key to long life is a daily massage. Being close to loved ones relieves stress and enforces positive feelings. It makes sense, then, that massaging your partner is the perfect way to keep your romantic relationship strong.

Massage oils are an indispensable part of a good massage for several reasons. The most obvious of these is that they reduce friction, allowing the recipient to have a more enjoyable experience. Also, the oils are absorbed by the skin along with any beneficial nutrients they contain. While massaging improves circulation and revives the skin from the inside, the oil moisturizes it from without. Certain fragrances are believed to promote feelings of passion, which makes them ideal ingredients in a massage oil. In short, a combination of physical and mental benefits makes massage oil the perfect way to enhance even the coldest love life.



Ingredients

The base of every good massage oil is vegetable oil, preferably a variety that is light and nourishing. While virtually any vegetable oil you have on hand that is liquid at room temperature will suffice, certain oils offer cosmetic benefits that make them especially desirable for massage use. One of the most nourishing and common of these is olive oil. It is a rich oil that penetrates the skin to provide a heavy dose of moisture. However, it can have a powerful scent and overly thick consistency on its own, so you may wish to blend it with another lighter oil. One of my personal favorites is hazelnut oil. Although hard to find and slightly pricey, hazelnut oil's benefits make it well worth it. It absorbs very quickly into the skin but does not leave an oily residue behind. It also hydrates and offers an SPF of ten, not that you are likely to need it right after a massage.

Certain herbal extracts called essential oils are reputed to have aphrodisiac powers. Among the most popular of these are cinnamon, orange, and ylang ylang. When combined, the aromatherapeutic power of these oils is said to magnify. Whether or not you believe these claims, you will definitely enjoy the romantic blend of spice, citrus, and floral notes these oils create. You can find essential oils at natural health shops and over the internet. Choose those that are bottled in dark glass, as they will last longer.

Recipe

To make your massage oil, mix together a half-cup of olive oil and a half-cup of hazelnut oil in a clean glass bowl. To this, add ten drops of cinnamon oil, ten drops of orange oil, and twenty drops of ylang ylang oil. Bottle the mixture immediately after blended, as essential oils evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Store your massage oil in a glass container since the essential oils tend to break down plastic over time. Also, keep it away from heat and direct sunlight. All vegetable can go bad over time, but heat will make them go rancid rapidly.

How to Use It

When you are ready to use your massage oil, have your partner lie down and get comfortable. Measure out two to three tablespoons of your oil, transfer it to a microwave safe dish, and heat it for fifteen to thirty seconds or until it is about body temperature. Pour some oil onto your palms, spread it over your hands, and begin your massage. Follow your partner's lead to give the perfect massage, taking your time so he or she can appreciate your touch and the oil's aroma. To further enhance the mood, try playing soft music in the background and lighting candles.

Trying this recipe is the first step to achieving instant romance with your loved one. By making an effort to add more passion to the relationship, you and your partner are bound to become closer. Together, you can practice massage techniques while you relax and savor the moment. So after making this recipe, turn down the lights and share it with the one you love.

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