December 3, 2020
In Robert Tisserand’s book, Aromatherapy, he relates a case study of a twenty- nine year old client with heavy cellulite on her thighs, hips, and buttocks. She was treated with massage and the essential oils of rosemary, fennel, geranium, juniper, lavender, bergamot, and chamomile. During a three-week period, the client came in twice per week for aromatherapy-based massage of her problem areas. After three weeks she had only a small patch of cellulite left, which was cured by changing her sitting position at the piano to allow adequate circulation.
The rate of absorption of essential oils is increased with massage. Blood flow is increased and the temperature of the skin is raised, allowing for faster intake of essential oils into the blood stream. This was proven by Jäger in 1992 when a blood sample taken five minutes after a massage application of essential oils found linalyl acetate and linalool in the blood stream. Aromatherapy works best when using synergetic blends of two or more essentials oils. You can choose any two or more of any essential oil to add to fractionated coconut oil. The percentage of essential oil used can range from one to 3% depending on the health of your client. For every one ounce of carrier oil add five drops of essential oil to create a product with 1% essential oils. Creating detoxifying massage oil is very simple.
Fractionated coconut, meadowfoam and jojoba oil are the best oils for massage because they will not leave your sheets smelling musty or rancid. Fractionated coconut has a fabulous slip and good staying power to last for a full body massage. Jojoba oil has the same chemical make-up as skin’s sebum which makes it the perfect oil for all skin types. Jojoba oil is a must have for any facial massage. Fractionated coconut oil is the most affordable of the three.
For a detoxification treatment, the massage therapist should focus on the areas of the skin most permeable to essential oils. The palms of the hands, soles of the feet, forehead, scalp, behind the ears, inside the wrists and armpits are more permeable than legs, buttocks, trunk and abdomen. Subcutaneuos fat has a poor blood supply which means that essential oils applied to these areas may take longer to be absorbed. Also, remember that mature or dehydrated skin slows the absorption of essential oil. Increased water consumption for up to 26 hours after detoxification treatment is always recommended.
Aromatherapy is an effective method for detoxification of the body.
Essential oils commonly used in detoxification treatments: Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary.