Five Aromatherapy Champions
While research is contradictory, Aromatherapy is popularly used in massage to enhance relaxation and healing. Essential oils may be incorporated into a massage oil or lotion, or diffused into the massage treatment area.
There are hundreds of essential oils, each with its own unique properties and benefits. These are few of our favorite Aromatherapy enhancements at Maui’s Best Massage + Spa (note: none of the following essential oils are intended to be ingested, or applied to the skin undiluted. Please consult with your massage therapist before experimenting at home) :
Sometimes used to help purify skin, Lavender oil is considered part anti-inflammatory, helpful in healing bug bites or minor burns. Some research suggests using the scent of lavender to relieve stress and treat insomnia.
The pleasant scent of Orange essential oil is both uplifting and relaxing at the same time. It is used for its calming effects as well as a boost to the immune system. In massage, Orange is associated with relieving the discomfort of headaches and inflammation.
Traditionally, Lemongrass has been used as an anti-inflammatory and is still a natural choice for reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or headaches. Lemongrass also enhances relaxation.
Used most often in massage to revitalize skin and tired muscles, Eucalyptus promotes relaxation, soothes tension and clears the mind. In combination with other essential oils, Eucalyptus is also touted as a remedy for pain and sinus relief and a boost to the immune system.
Versatile for almost any part of the body, Peppermint oil treats muscle spasms and tension, soothes inflamed skin, reduces fatigue following periods of physical or mental stress, and invigorates and energizes. Combined with other scents, Peppermint is used to enhance focus and mental clarity.
On your next visit to Maui’s Best Massage + Spa, check our menu for Aromatherapy Enhancements. Your therapist can help you decide which essential oils will complement your massage experience. Click here to book online, call 808-426-7418, or purchase gift cards at special rates for a limited time with Promo Code: THISWILLPASS.