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3 Best Massage Oils For Pain Relief

Best Oils for Pain Relief

Whether you‘re a massage therapist or someone just looking to find the best massage oils for pain relief, this article is going to be a great resource for you to learn about a few of the very best massage oils you can use and to tool have on hand so you can take charge of pain and eliminate it once and for all.

In this article, we‘re going to take a look at the three best massage oils for pain relief. All of these oils have been chosen for their effectiveness and popularity amongst massage therapists, so you can be sure that you‘re making the right choice with any of them. Let‘s get started! Below are some links to the most popular oils you can use for pain relief.

Which Oil Is Best For Pain Relief?

When it comes oils that are the best for pain relief, Arnica oil is a legendary choice! This oil is extracted from the Arnica Montana plant and is known around the world for its antiinflammatory and analgesic properties, which means essentially that it’s pain relieving.

Plus, it‘s incredibly easy remedy to use simply massage the oil gently into the affected area and you‘ll begin to feel the effects in minutes.

What Is The Most Anti-Inflammatory Oil?

Well, when it comes to to antiinflammatory oils, peppermint takes the cake! Peppermint essential oil is known for its cooling and numbing properties, helping to reduce inflammation in the body. Below are a few different choices, both DoTerra and YoungLiving are the most well known companies in the industry for the highest quality, purest essential oils.

What Oil Is Best For Joint and Muscle Pain?

Lavender essential oil isn‘t typically thought of as a goto oil for joint and muscle pain, it can be very effective! This fragrant oil has several properties that make it great for easing pain and swelling. Its analgesic properties help to reduce pain and its antiinflammatory properties help reduce swelling. Also, its calming scent can be used to relax tense muscles, further reducing pain. Additionally, lavender has antispasmodic properties, which can help reduce spasms in the muscles, which in turn can help to reduce pain. All in all, lavender essential oil is a great option for reducing joint and muscle pain.

What Do You Dilute Essential Oils With?

Carrier oils are incredibly important for diluting essential oils, as they are usually too strong to apply directly to your skin, so let’s discuss what the best carrier oils are for massage oils for pain relief. These ensure that the essential oils are spread evenly over the skin and also to ensure make sure that they are absorbed into the skin readily. They also help to make sure that the oils don’t smell too intensely and and aren’t too overpowering to the senses. Carrier oils basically make sure that if you are using essential oils, that they are used in a safe and effective manner. 

What's The Best Carrier Oil For Essential Oils?

Below is a list of the absolute best carrier oils for essential oils, and then a breakdown and comparison of each.

Which Carrier Oil Holds Scent Best?

It totally depends on the essential oil. Sweet almond oil tends to be the most popular carrier oil for most essential oil blends because it is light on the skin and has no odor. Jojoba oil is the most similar to our skin’s natural sebum which is what our skin secretes from our skin’s hormonal glands and it has a neutral scent. Apricot kernel oil is the best choice if you have sensitive skin because it is light and extremely nourishing to the skin.

Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is a great carrier oil when diluting essential oils and can be excellent choice. Here’s why:  it’s a mild oil that can be easily absorbed into your skin, it’s also really lightweight so in general, it won’t overpower even the more potent essential oils which makes it a great carrier. Also it not only adds nourishment to the skin but it’s also good for people who have a more sensitive skin type. Finally, it’s also very cost-effective making it great for people with a slimmer a budget.



Organic Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is also an excellent choice when diluting essential oils. It‘s hypoallergenic, making it another great oil for those with a more sensitive skin type. It also is similar to our skin’s natural oils so it won‘t clog your pores. It’s also is very stable in a variety of different climates making so it won’t easily degrade in quality if you travel with it or leave it out in your car making it great for longer term use. It also has one of the most neutral scents, making it so that it won’t interfere with the scent of the essential oils you pair it with. It’s also really affordable.

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot kernel oil is yet another excellent choice to dilute essential oils with. Because it is an emollient oil, it helps to keep the skin hydrated if you are prone to dry skin, keeping it soft and supple. It also absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn‘t leave behind any nasty greasy residue. It’s also one of the healthiest oils on the list because it contains vitamins A and E which help to nourish the skin and keep it extra healthy. It also has natural antiinflammatory properties, making it great for pain relief by reducing any redness or irritation that might come from massaging it into your skin. It also has a light, gentle, sweet aroma making it a a great choice for diluting lavender or other sweet smelling essential oils.


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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