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The Effects of Aromatic Oils during a Massage

Aroma oils can smell much more than just a good smell. Ethereal oils serve as a basis for this. Their use in the form of incense, body care and fragrance oil can be traced back 7,000 years. German hospitals already rely on aromatherapy for the treatment of patients. Some non-prescription products contain essential oils such as eucalyptus or menthol as active ingredients for mucous solution of the upper respiratory tract.


In the case of flatulence or spasms in the gastrointestinal area, fennel-anise-caraway tea proves to be effective. Sage or chamomile for example relieve inflammation in the mouth and throat. However, especially in aromatherapy, the essential oils have found their place and also find a wide range of applications outside of medicine. The oils are used here, for example, by means of scents, bath additives, sauna infusions, teas or oil-based skin care products.

Effect of aroma oils during the massage

During a massage, the oil is massaged into the tissue via the skin. In this way the aromatic oil influences the whole organism. The nose absorbs the fragrance of the aromatic oil. The fragrance information is passed on to the brain. The odors thus also influence our emotional level, the vegetative nervous system, the hormone production and the immune system. They also enter the blood circulation via inhalation via mucous membranes and lungs. We introduce you here some aroma oils with their characteristics:


Rose: The rose is considered the queen of the flowers. The fragrance of the rose lifts the mood, can relieve nervous heart problems and help against headaches.

Characteristics: antiseptic, soothing, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, skin-protecting, healing, heart-strengthening, strengthening.

Pomegranate: This oil is also known as 'regeneration oil'. It is treated as anti-aging oil, stimulates cell renewal and acts antioxidant.

Characteristics: astringent, antiseptic, antiviral, blood flow promoting, anti-inflammatory, vascular, hormone-balancing, cooling, soothing, strengthening, vitalizing, cell-protecting.

Lime: The essential oil of the lime has an invigorating effect. It helps with colds, fatigue and digestive problems.

Characteristics: stimulating, strengthening, cooling, astringent, antidepressive effect, anti-infective, antiviral.

Basil: Basil oil is sometimes referred to as royal oil. It strengthens mind and heart and brings the body's defenses into the path.

Features: Moodlift, sharpens memory and spirit, soothing, cramping, antiseptic, mucous, supporting immune system.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil dissolves mucus from the bronchial tubes and the nasal sinuses. The oil also has a mild anti-cramping effect, inhibits the growth of bacteria and has a cooling effect on the skin.

Properties: encouraging, stimulating, concentrating, disinfecting, mucolytic, encouraging, regenerative, antiseptic.

Peppermint: Mint is not only refreshing, but also increases the concentration, promotes memory, is antibacterial and strengthens digestion. The oil can also help with headaches and migraines.

Characteristics: refreshing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiviral, disinfectant, psychologically stimulating, cooling, circulation-promoting, memory-boosting, stimulating, concentration-promoting.

Lavender: Lavender oil has a very balancing effect, lifts our mood, refreshes us when we are permanently tired and helps us with nervous restlessness. In addition, it has a detoxifying effect.

Characteristics: toning, soothing, stress relieving, analgesic, antiseptic, psychic balancing, soothing, soothing, analgesic, detoxifying.

Melissa: Melissa oil is an absolute stress killer. It has a balancing effect, soothes and relieves stress. It also helps with flatulence, lowers blood pressure, strengthens digestion and nerves.

Characteristics: balancing, espacing, deflationing, antibacterial, antiviral, soothing, refreshing, painless.

Chamomile: The camomile oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps with febrile conditions. At the same time it helps with complaints in the stomach and intestines, soothes and improves sleep.

Characteristics: relaxing, anti-inflammatory, soothing, analgesic, antiseptic, cramping, cooling.

Jasmine: The jasmine oil can relieve pain and at the same time acts as a cramping. It helps especially in case of discomfort during menstruation, headaches and also with skin problems and nervousness.

Characteristics: relaxing, relaxing, harmonizing, antidepressant effect, antiseptic.
Thyme: Thyme oil dissolves mucus and convulsions. It increases the defenses, promotes blood circulation and has a positive effect on digestion.

Characteristics: anti-fouling, mucolytic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, cleansing, antiparasitic, antifungal, disinfectant, antiviral, cramping, flow-promoting, strengthening.

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Side effects

In order to prevent the oils irritating the skin and mucous membranes, they are applied only diluted, as with massage oils. In addition, essential oils are not always free from side effects. They can cause allergic reactions in allergic persons, such as skin irritations, increased blood pressure or asthma. Therefore, in principle, essential oils should be used sparingly and in low doses, for example as an aromatic oil. Here, the essential oil is mixed with a base oil such as sesame, jojoba, almond or coconut oil.

Scientific data have long shown that aromatic oils can not only be wellness. More than 50 different aromatic oils are to help with complaints and can have a positive effect on body and soul.