Pain Relief Therapeutic Massage Oil Recipe

Massage oil recipe for aching muscles and joints

There's nothing like a gentle massage to relieve your throbbing headache, aching back or stiff, sore muscles and joints.

This soothing, pain fighting therapeutic massage oil recipe helps relax tight muscles, reduce inflammation (pain and swelling) and soothe the nervous system. In fact, it will ease the pain of just about any part of you!

Lavender, marjoram and cedarwood make this alleviating blend of massage therapy oils perfect for pain due to arthritis, exercise, falls, colds and flu, as well as general muscle stiffness.

Pain Relief Therapeutic Massage Oil Recipe


8 drops Lavender essential oil

4 drops Marjoram essential oil

1 drop Cedarwood essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essentail oil

1 drop Ginger essential oil

1/4 cup (60ml) carrier oil of your choice such as apricot kernel oil or jojoba oil.

Optional: Substitute 1 tablespoon (15ml) borage oil for 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Borage oil helps support mobility of joints and tissues.


Combine all ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. (I recommend using one with an oil or lotion dispenser cap so you don't accidentally pour it all over everything.)

Wait at least 24 hours before using to let the blend 'cure'. Store the bottle in a cool, dark place. Use within three months.

If you want to make a larger amount of this therapeutic massage oil recipe, depending on the size of the bottle, simply double or triple the recipe. (Remember it tends to go rancid after a few months.)

Caution: Ginger may irritate sensitive skin, which is why it's at such a low concentration. If you're exceptionally sensitive, leave it out.

If you're allergic to ragweed, you may also want to leave out the chamomile.

Where to Buy Massage Oil Ingredients

My favorite supplier for massage therapy oils is Mountain Rose Herbs. They have excellent products at reasonable prices, and I like their staff and respect their ethics. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this therapeutic massage oil recipe...

Getting the Most Benefits from your Aromatherapy Massage Recipe

You can use this therapeutic massage oil recipe to 'spot treat' sore joints or muscles (such as knees or hands) by gently rubbing the massage oil into the affected area. (Try rubbing it into your lower abdomen if you have period cramps.)

You can also use it as a whole body massage oil for all-over aches and pains, such as when you have the flu or you've over-worked your muscles.

Either way, you'll find that not only is your pain eased but your mental and emotional state will be calmed and balanced as well, which makes it easier to cope with pain generally. So even if you're still a bit sore, you'll feel better anyway!

Too Busy to Make Your Own? Just Buy Some!

Why stress if you're already stressed? If it just seems like too much time, effort or energy to make any aromatherapy massage oils right now, then give yourself a break and do it the easy way - order some!

Mountain Rose Herbs makes a, excellent line of organic massage oils, including...

... Warming Ginger Massage Oil - a therapeutic massage oil, deeply penetrating and soothing for aches, pains and muscle fatigue.

... Autumn Moon Massage Oil with lavender and cinnamon for just the right degree of warmth,

... Goddess Dreams Massage Oil specifically for sensual massage and,

There's more - just click on the massage oils link and scroll down the page to see what else they have!

What Next?

Click here for more aromatherapy home remedies for pain or check out these other recipes and try making your own massage oil for more than just pain relief!

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