Make your own massage oil

Winter is a great time to start a daily dry brushing and massage ritual. The air is a lot dryer and cooler and can leave us with skin sensitivities. Making your own massage oil is easy and a great bonus is that your can hand pick your ingredients to suit your personal constitution. 

Read on for a brief overview of each dosha (individual constitution) and the massage blend best suited to them...

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Vata

 

Vata types tend to be thin and lanky. They are very mentally and physically active and enjoy creative endeavors, meeting new people, and traveling to new places. When they are balanced, vatas are flexible, have lively imaginations, and are original thinkers. When imbalanced they can get anxious, ungrounded, and can seem “flaky” about fulfilling commitments, sticking to a routine, and completing projects. They tend to run cold and dry and enjoy warm, humid weather. It’s common for vata types to experience cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin, and cracking joints. The influence of the air element in their constitution causes their energy, mood, and appetite to fluctuate dramatically. For this reason vata types often fail to eat and sleep regularly, swinging from eating heavy foods to ground and sedate themselves, or ingesting stimulants like coffee and sugar to sustain intense physical or mental activity. Insomnia and low immunity are very common problem for the sensitive vata person.

  • 1 cup of sesame oil (this has warming benefits which balances the cold dry nature of Vata)

  • 1/2 cup herbs - you can choose one or a combination of the following: turmeric, fresh ginger, fresh basil, cloves, and fresh orange peel

  • 3-5 drops essential oils (optional - avoid if you have sensitive skin): jasmine, basil, orange, rose

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the sesame oil gently but do not let boil or smoke. 

  2. Stir in the mixed herbs and remove from heat.

  3. Cover and let steep for 1 day. Strain the oil through a coffee filter or a double layer of cheesecloth into an airtight container.

  4. Add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil, if desired.

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Kapha

 

Kapha types have strong frames and are naturally athletic as long they are exercising regularly to manage their tendency to gain weight. The influence of the earth and water elements makes them innately stable, compassionate, and loyal. They appreciate doing things in a methodical, step-by-step manner, and prefer a regular routine in their personal and professional lives. When imbalanced they can become unmotivated, stubborn, and complacent even when change is necessary. Their metabolism tends to be slow and their appetite for both food and stimulation is less intense than vata or pitta types. They benefit from exposing themselves to new environments, people, and occasionally fasting.

  • 1 cup of oil (use a stimulating oil like mustard, or a light oil such as flaxseed, corn, canola, or safflower.)

  • 1/2 cup herbs - you can choose one or a combination of the following: fresh ginger, turmeric, cloves and basil.

  • 3-5 drops essential oils (optional - avoid if you have sensitive skin): basil, orange, clove, geranium, jasmine or rose.

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the sesame oil gently but do not let boil or smoke. 

  2. Stir in the mixed herbs and remove from heat.

  3. Cover and let steep for 1 day. Strain the oil through a coffee filter or a double layer of cheesecloth into an airtight container.

  4. Add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil, if desired.

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Pitta

 

 

Pitta types are dominated by the fire element, which makes them innately strong, intense, and irritable. They tend to have a medium build and endurance with powerful musculature. They often have freckled skin that easily reddens in the sun, during exercise, massage, and when blushing. They are strong willed and good at doing what they think is right. They approach work and play with the same intensity and competitiveness. They are natural leaders and quick learners whose ability to easily comprehend and master new skills and concepts can make them judgmental or impatient toward people they feel are slower or less focused than themselves. They have strong digestion and intense appetites, both for food and challenges. If they miss a meal they are likely to become grumpy and may take a “bite” out of somebody instead. It is common for them to suffer from health conditions such as inflammation, rashes, acne, and loose stool. For balance, pittas need to manage their “fiery” tendencies, channeling them in productive ways and learning to recognize their destructive power.

  • 1 cup of oil (use a cooling oil like coconut oil)

  • 1/2 cup herbs - you can choose one or a combination of the following: hibiscus, lavender, rose

  • 3-5 drops essential oils (optional - avoid if you have sensitive skin): black pepper, cedar or pine, eucalyptus, camphor, musk, patchouli

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the sesame oil gently but do not let boil or smoke. 

  2. Stir in the mixed herbs and remove from heat.

  3. Cover and let steep for 1 day. Strain the oil through a coffee filter or a double layer of cheesecloth into an airtight container.

  4. Add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil, if desired.