You can easily get the benefits of a massage at home by using the right methods!
And by using an edible massage oil that is safe to apply anywhere on the skin, the experience gets even better. However, since most such massage oils available on the market may contain harmful or unsuitable ingredients, preparing an edible massage oil yourself can be a better alternative. But you may not be sure of how to go about it.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide on some of the best edible massage oil recipes that you can try at home. All these recipes contain easily available and affordable ingredients that are considered perfectly safe to use.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Benefits Of A Massage
1. Stress Reduction
Most people get a massage to help reduce physical and mental stress, as it helps reduce cortisol,  a stress hormone that is released when the body is under stress. This hormone can also increase your appetite since the body thinks that you have used up the calories and require more, leading to problems such as an unsightly belly bulge.
2. Mood Improvement
It is also an effective way of improving your mood since getting an aromatherapy massage increases serotonin and dopamine production. Serotonin is among the natural “feel good” chemicals of the body and is responsible for keeping you calmer and happier.  Similarly, dopamine is another hormone that can create feelings of bliss and euphoria. 
3. Better Sleep
Different types of brain waves affect sleeping patterns, and delta waves are better for promoting deeper, more restful sleep. A massage promotes better sleep and relaxation by positively affecting the delta brain waves, leaving you refreshed and energized when you wake up.
4. Immunity Boost
White blood cells or WBCs make up the immune system of the body and are responsible for fighting infections by creating antibodies. And a massage can help boost immunity by increasing the white blood cell count, making your immune system stronger.
5. Improved Mental Performance
Regular massage can help release endorphins by stimulating the autonomic nervous system. It helps in improving mental accuracy and alertness, allowing you to think more clearly and perform better in any situation.
9 Best Edible Massage Oils
1. Almond And Cinnamon Essential Oil Blend
Almond oil is among the healthiest natural oils, making it an ideal choice for edible massage oil. Being a good source of Vitamin E, it protects against sun damage and prevents signs of aging on the skin . On the other hand, Cinnamon has antiseptic effects and helps moisturize dry skin while reducing puffiness and redness caused by inflammation. 
- ½ cup of sweet almond oil
- Two drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil
- Two drops of orange essential oil
- One drop of cardamom essential oil
This edible massage oil recipe is very simple- all you have to do is fill a four oz bottle with the hot essential oils and almond oil. Once properly mixed, the oil is ready to use.
2. Coconut Oil And Lime Essential Oil Blend
Besides being good for hair, coconut oil is highly beneficial for the skin. It hydrates and smoothens the skin while protecting it from damage and can even reduce lines and wrinkles.  Similarly, lime oil has antibacterial properties and can help reduce irritation and soothe inflamed areas.  The final ingredient in this recipe is ginger essential oil, which has a purifying action and helps detoxify the skin. 
- ½ cup of fractionated coconut oil
- Two drops of lime essential oil
- Two drops of ginger essential oil
Combine the coconut oil and the essential oils in a small bowl and stir well using a spoon or rubber spatula. Once the ingredients are properly mixed, store the oil in an airtight jar.
3. Sweet Almond Oil And Lavender Essential Oil Blend
Lavender essential oil is very effective in healing damaged skin and it has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and detoxifying properties. It also helps soothe the skin and reduces rashes . Then, there is lemon essential oil, which helps exfoliate the skin and kill harmful bacteria. Moreover, this recipe includes Ylang-ylang oil, which helps renew the skin and regulate sebum production and helps promote relaxation. 
- ½ cup of sweet almond oil
- Two drops of lavender essential oil
- Two drops of lemon essential oil
- One drop of ylang-ylang essential oil
Fill a four oz bottle with the essential oils, and then add the sweet almond oil to the mixture. Mix well and use as required.
4. Vanilla And Chocolate Blend
This is one of the most delicious and aromatic massage oil recipes on our list, which will help you feel great and put you in a romantic mood in no time! It contains vanilla, which has antioxidant properties to neutralize free radicals and prevent skin damage . Chocolate also has bioactive compounds and flavonoids that help improve skin density and hydration.  Apart from that, the blend contains jojoba oil, which is often used as a carrier oil that can boost skin glow. 
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
- Two tablespoons of jojoba oil
- Two teaspoons of cacao nibs
- ½ vanilla bean pod
First, you need to slice open the vanilla pod and scrape out the inner seeds. Then measure the jojoba oil and melted coconut oil in a sterilized mason jar before combining the vanilla pod and cacao nibs with them. After completing the procedure, simply strain out the vanilla pod and cacao nibs and store the edible body oil in a sterilized bottle.
5. Apricot Oil And Coconut Oil Blend
Another highly beneficial oil, apricot kernel oil, can help maintain the radiance and softness of the skin and reduce blemishes, lines, and wrinkles. But you can substitute it with grape seed oil as well. Besides, this blend contains both almond oil and coconut oil, and you can add other essential oils according to your preference. Food-grade vegetable glycerin can also be used as an optional ingredient to produce a warming effect on the skin during the massage.
- Two tablespoons of apricot kernel oil
- Three tablespoons of almond oil
- One tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- Half a teaspoon of preferred essential oils
- Natural flavors
- Food grade vegetable glycerin (optional)
Combine the melted coconut oil, apricot kernel or grapeseed oil, and the almond oil in a clean bowl using a wooden spoon. Then, add the flavoring oils and natural flavors until the blend acquires the preferred taste. At this time, you can add the food-grade glycerin and continue mixing until all the ingredients have blended properly.
After this, transfer the massage oil into a clean container, ideally a squeezable bottle. If the massage oil does not contain glycerin, make sure to heat the container in warm water before using the oil.
6. Cocoa Butter And Cocoa Powder Blend
This is another edible body oil recipe that is easy to make and will remind you of your favorite chocolate. It contains cocoa butter, which is very effective in replenishing the moisture of the skin without making you feel greasy. This ingredient also helps improve skin tone and elasticity, making it a worthwhile massage oil ingredient. And the cocoa powder has reinforced these benefits. 
- Two tablespoons of glycerin
- One tablespoon of cocoa powder
- One tablespoon of melted cocoa butter
The first step involves melting all the solid ingredients, in this case, the cocoa butter. Then add the other ingredients and mix well until you get a homogenous texture and consistency. Use a wooden spoon for the mixing process.
7. Honey And Vanilla Extract Blend
The immunological and psychological benefits of honey for the human body are well-known, which is why it is an integral part of this edible oil recipe. Honey acts as a pore cleanser and moisturizes the skin deeply, and is also suitable for application on sensitive skin. Moreover, you can add other natural flavors to this recipe, like maple, coconut, hazelnut, and butterscotch.
- ¼ cup of vegetable glycerin
- ¼ tablespoon of honey
- ¼ tablespoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ tablespoons of your preferred natural flavor
Mix all the ingredients in a small bottle until they have blended together properly, and then store the oil in a container. This is a water-soluble recipe, so any stains on your bed or massage table can be easily removed.
8. Grape Seed Oil And Sunflower Oil Blend
Grape seed oil is another skin safe ingredient that offers a wide range of benefits for the skin and body, including moisturized skin and even skin tone. When used in massage oils, it can help be highly effective in promoting relaxation . This recipe also contains sunflower oil, which is rich in Vitamin E that helps revitalize your skin and is suitable for most skin types .
- Three tablespoons of sweet almond oil
- Two tablespoons of grape seed oil
- Two tablespoons of apricot kernel oil
- One tablespoon of sunflower oil
- ½ tablespoon of natural flavor oil
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly using a wooden or rubber spatula. Alternatively, you can put the ingredients in a small bottle and cap it tightly. Then shake the bottle well to mix the ingredients together. Once mixed, the edible body oil is ready to use.
9. Orange Extract And Vegetable Glycerin Blend
Orange extract helps boost mood by reducing the stress hormone in the body and adds a pleasant aroma to the edible massage oil . We’ve already mentioned vegetable glycerin in a few of the previous recipes, and it is also present here since it acts as a moisturizer and protects against infection. Additionally, this recipe contains honey due to its aphrodisiac properties.
- ¼ cup food-grade vegetable glycerin
- ¼ teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon orange extract (you can also use vanilla or almond oil)
Mix all these edible massage oil ingredients together and whisk them until they have completely combined. Once done, pour them into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid for storage. Keep in mind that while the shelf life of these ingredients is reasonably long, it is best to use the edible body oil within six months.
Some Points To Keep In Mind
Here are some important points that you should keep in mind when trying out these recipes to ensure safety.
1. Using The Right Essential Oils
It is highly recommended to use essential oils that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA, as the massage oil recipes they go into are meant to be edible. And go with a low concentration or dilution rate.
2. Selecting The Carrier Oil
Carrier oils will be used to dilute the essential oils, and the most commonly used ones include coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, and rosehip seed oil. Coconut is a highly preferred option since it does not immediately sink into the skin. Another option is almond oil that has a medium absorption rate. This makes it a better choice than rosehip seed oil and grapeseed oil, which are absorbed quickly.
Now that you are familiar with some of the best edible oil massage recipes, it is time to try them out for yourself. The only thing to keep in mind is the precautions we’ve mentioned above, which will ensure maximum safety during the process. And make sure to use the massage oil before it goes bad.
After mastering the art of preparing these recipes, you can easily experiment and come up with your own. With that said, it is time to conclude this guide. Have fun trying out these recipes. Until next time!