What are the top 10 Oils you use?

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What are the top 10 Oils you use?

Postby moose_goose on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:39 am

I'm going shopping and I'd like to order some more essential oils. Anyone care to list their top ten (or five, or whatever) oils that they use during massage sessions?

Currently my clients have been asking for eucalyptus oil.

Thanks :)
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Postby makingachange on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:06 am

sweet basil - i love sweet basil.



ylang ylang

... i think that's it for today 8)
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Postby Sage Rose on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:33 am


ylang ylang

i like those too.

plus, sometimes i mix rosewood, tangerine & ylang ylang to make a room spray as well.
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Postby moose_goose on Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:06 am

Oh yeah, Ylang Ylang!!! Everyone loves that :) !!

Stupid question here, how do you pronounce that? I have heard it
Ya-Lang Ya-Lang and Lang Lang.....
I always thought the "Y" was silent
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Postby Rose of Sharon on Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:26 am

I do use eucalyptus on occasion, and clients love it.


rose (expensive..but I love it!)

lavender - it gets requested frequently





lemon (I don't apply to skin)

pine (I don't apply to skin)

rosemary (I don't apply to skin)
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Postby PremoMT on Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:53 am

when I did use EO's the top I used were
Geranium (not my fav.)
Lavender (of course)
I can't wait to start using them again!
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Postby melb on Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:20 pm

Ginger CO2 extract
Sweet Orange

It's mainly the first 2. Kunzea is a wonder oil - anti bacterial, anti-viral, anti spasmodic, anti a few other things, it's got a nice woody tone to it and not as up your nose as tea tree or eucalyptus. Plus it is a great insect repellent (western name is tick bush because tick infested animals would go lie under it and it would make the ticks drop off, though it was originally thought it was where ticks would climb on)
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Postby AngEngland on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:39 pm

I just did a massage the other day with a client who uses essential oils regularly in her home and office. She requested "something relaxing with lavender. Oh and sandalwood too please" -

I blended her a personalized belnd of lavender, tangerine and sandalwood and it was delicious. I really liked the way it turned out a lot and am making that my next salt scrub recipe. :-)

Ylang Ylang
Tea Tree
Juniper (certain clients only obviously- used in a "muscle relief" blend I buy pre-mixed)
Neroli (yummy!)
Patchouli (Has anyone noticed that the recent batches of Patchouli have been particularly fantastic?)
Vanilla - ok - it is an oleoresin but it smells DIVINE
Frankincense (one of my current favorites but very pricy and hard to find unadulterated)

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Postby Seebs on Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:15 pm

Top five:
Peppermint (for feet)
Eucalyptus (under face cradle for stuffy clients :) )
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Postby greenanemone on Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:24 pm

I'm in love with neroli... if only it wasn't so dear!
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Postby massagechick on Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:20 am

lavender - because so many like it (though I can't stand the smell)
lemon eucalyptus
tea tree

moose, I was told it was pronounced lang lang but I looked it up here http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ylang-ylang and when I click on the speaker symbol he pronounced it "e long e long". :smt102
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Postby moose_goose on Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:27 am

massagechick wrote:
moose, I was told it was pronounced lang lang but I looked it up here http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ylang-ylang and when I click on the speaker symbol he pronounced it "e long e long". :smt102

e long? That makes me giggle!!!
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Postby Empathic~Heart on Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:53 am

clary sage
citrus (pick one, they're all fab though my faves are grapefruit and mandarin)

I can't stand tea tree, at all.
I don't use eucalyptus much, but prefer the lemon euc over the straight.
Things change seasonally for me, but the top four are my most common....though everything on the list is used most often.
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Postby catskillcrawler on Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:50 pm

rosemary (I love this)
clary sage
lemon or lemongrass
chamomile (!!!)
passion flower (flower essence)
Rose (absolut)
sandalwood (in moderation)
patchlouli (ditto)
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Postby sankofa on Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:32 am

I use Jojoba oil and add lavender oil just to give it a little sent. I like Jojoba b/c it's light has no scent and it never expires. I vacationed in Thailand and bought a whole bunch of various oils with coconut oil base. The scents are all very light. I haven't used them yet but I think I should use them soon before they go bad.
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Postby shivashiva on Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:51 am

(Lavender + Sage combo is my absolute favorite)
Clary Sage
Cedarwood (+Lav or +Sage is good for the guys)

I use others but those are the ones I come back to again and again. Usually I will just take a few of the oils I plan on using and open up the bottles and set them on a table beside the massage table about 10 min before the session starts. That way when they walk in the room, it smells great.

I also will put a few drops on a tissue and wrap that around the hardware for the headrest. (Usually eucalyptus, but I have one client who LOVES Neroli for this)

When I do their neck and face, first I will put a few drops of chosen oil(s) on my hands, rub them briskly together, then place my hands palm down over their face (not touching) so they can inhale the scent. Then I will add some oil or cream to my hands and spread over neck and shoulders.

When I get a new client, I always ask if it's okay to use essential oils, and if there are any scents they aren't partial to. It could really ruin the moment if a client hates lavender to put a bunch of it right in front of their face and then all over them.
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re: essential oils

Postby qchess on Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:07 am

Susie Bagwell in our office uses all of the oils in the Young Living Raindrop Technique kit. This is her most requested massage and retail sale.
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Postby Foramenmagnus on Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:23 pm

lavander and jasmine are my 2 favorite combos for aroma
I stay away from neroli cause it inducess narcolepsy in ME one whiff and I'm out like a light.
peppermint and hemp oil soap wakes me up in the morning better that any coffie... I found out My friends fiancee( prob his new wife by the time you read this) and I both love DR. Bronner's magic soap 18-in-1
not practical for client use but great stuff for personal use.
I love the other lists I read please post more, the olfactory sense is the one most tied to memory, even the slightest hint of patchlouli sends me into a fit of anger cause of someone who always smelled of it, did some very wrong things to people I love.
The smell of sandlewood always takes me straight to the arms of a loving ex-girlfriend.
All essencials will mean different things to different clients. The best thing I would think of is to compile a list from the previous posts, make a few combos and offer a choice, gauging there reaction as they smell.
What can be a calming scent to one person can bring back horrible feelings in anouther.

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Postby squash_blsm on Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:01 am

-Peppermint (I make up a sinus blend with these top three)
-Orange 5x
-lemon grass


and various blends.

Only occassionaly do I use essential oils directly on the body but when I do I try and keep it simple.
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Postby JaneBNH on Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:55 am

Holy Basil
Nutmeg (tiny bit)
Ethiopian Frankincense
Pink Grapefruit
Ylang Ylang Complete
Black Pepper
Black Spruce
Helichrysum (way too expensive now - crop failure)
Spike Lavender
Roman Chamomile

I can't stand Tea Tree (too strong). I read Patchouli and Oregano EO are effective anti-fungals. That's what I use on feet.

I sometimes add some Arnica tincture/and or St. Johnwort oil infusion to my jojoba mixture.

I absolutely love Dr. Christopher's cayenne herb salve.
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Postby MarionFM on Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:56 am

Most bodywork I do is dry - reflexology, chair massage, MFR but occasionally a client will request oil or lotion. I have recently started using cold pressed grapeseed oil. It is wonderful, and after a light wipedown after the massage, the person just feels like their skin has been moisturized, not loaded with oil. I am pretty impressed.

I was told to use holly oil as it is non-staining, but I have found out that it is petroleum based, which I would prefer to avoid. The grapeseed oil allows good glide.

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Postby oils4abundance on Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:11 pm

"Pan Away"
"Peace and Calming"

All Young Living. The starter kit is a great one to start with. I think it's called "Everyday Oils"...
I am an enthusiastic lover of Young Living Oils and their other products! They have revolutionized my practice and I am making it my goal to educate and train others who wish to join my team!
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essential oils for massage

Postby qchess on Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:31 pm

I commented earlier about my wife's massage therapy office, (Massusie LLC). Just to update the group, after much research, she has completely switched over to DoTerra brand essential oils for quality reasons. This has also become a significant part of her office income in just a few months.

Her top three oils for use in massage are:
Balance (blend)
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Postby tksbussong on Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:00 pm

Pphheww! DoTerra is kinda pricey!!

I LOVE using marjoram, though. ( I haven't used that brand yet) I've used it on people with arthritis and received great feedback.
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re: pricey

Postby qchess on Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:29 pm

The prices may look expensive, but at Massusie we buy the essential oils wholesale because we are consultants. It's the quality that matters, and these are totally worth it. It's the best quality in oils we've ever found. They have established a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Some of the hospitals here in Michigan are starting to use it too.
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