How to Make a Soothing Essential Oil Massage Blend

How to Make a Soothing Essential Oil Massage Blend

You love learning about essential oils. You know that they have amazing healing properties, and you can even share a few of them when asked.

But when a friend goes through a traumatic experience and you want to see if aromatherapy can help, how do you decide what to turn to?

If you’re looking for a soothing blend that can help with inflammation, calm the nervous system, and help the body heal from trauma, I’ve got just the blend for you.

A few years ago, a customer asked me if I could make something for her friends who had been in a traumatic car accident. They escaped without major injuries, but they were bruised, sore, and shaken up by the whole experience.

This customer knew that essential oils could help, but she wanted her friends to have a special blend, and she didn’t feel equipped to make it for them.

I explained that it can be tricky to make a blend for another person when they aren’t there to smell samples and tell me what they like, but I’d try my best.

So I turned to the Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual and looked up inflammation in the clinical index. The list was extensive, so I looked for a few oils that would be calming, have universal appeal, and smell nice together.

I ended up with a blend that I’ve used as my standard massage blend to this day. I even wrote about it in an earlier column for Massage Today.


Here’s the recipe:

  • 7 drops of Lavender
  • 4 drops of Myrrh
  • 4 drops of Frankincense


Put drops in 1 oz. of carrier of your choice (cream, oil, lotion). Try it out and let me know what you think! And listen, you don’t need me to tell you what blends to make and how. You can also learn to do all this yourself.

Join us in the Atlantic Aromatic Library to learn the basics. Or if you’re ready to dive deep into the study of aromatherapy, there’s room in our Aromatherapy Practitioner Course. There’s no time like now to start learning how to use your essential oils.

Before you know it, you’ll be the one in your friend group who everyone comes to and asks, “Can you make me a blend for this?”

Now, I want to know, have you ever made a blend for someone else and were then inspired to use it yourself? Do you have go-to combinations for helping someone heal after a car accident? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know what you’re blending up.