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Homemade massage oil for joint pain

To say one massage oil is the best for your joint pain, wouldn't really be a fair statement. Joint and muscle pain are related to inflammation in the body. There are a large group of natural essential oils featuring anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, if you know the right ones to pick, you can find a product online that includes any one of them as an ingredient. The perfect carrier oil used for a massage may depend on the user's intended experience. Everyone has there own expectations of how they'd want the oils to react to their own body. Oily skin folks may want a light oil. Compare that to someone with dry skin who may be looking for the opposite. In any case, two factors make up creating a massage oil for your joints. A carrier oil that nourishes your skin, and leaves it was a silky moisturized feeling, and essential oils which feature properties that are known to help your joints and muscles. 

apricot kernel oil benefits

In creating our signature joint collection line, the research on massage oils lead me to realize apricot kernel oil has been widely used in the massage industry. A gentle and nourishing, light in texture to moisturize without leaving a greasy residue kind of carrier oil. Our blend includes a majority of apricot kernel with sunflower oil. Making a massage oil product with a huge amount of skin benefits. That's kind of the hidden secret to this whole essential oil wave. People using these sort of products usually always say they have a totally different experience, than in using the shelf products we've come accustomed to today. What makes these, what I think are the best carrier oils to use for a massage can understood below. 

The fruit of the apricot is known today just as a fruit. Like many other raw forms of essential oils, people are just use to their feature to be edible. The fact is, apricot kernel oil when made, has so many beneficial characteristics skin that there will be another post just able all of them. What I'll tell you about will be many of the main properties that allow your skin to be the best it can be. 

Apricot kernel oil properties for skin care

Factor in that the oil closely resembles the natural serum produced by human skin. Applying an oil with this property on your body tells your brain that it doesn't need to produce additional oil. Helping with some come cases where people would have oily skin. Used topically, it moisturizes dry, sensitive skin and smooths out blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, and other symptoms of maturing skin. Applied to itchy, chapped, wounded, or sore skin, Apricot Kernel Oil facilitates faster healing without leaving a greasy residue. Used medicinally, Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil works to soothe problems related to stiff and aching joints as well as symptoms of cold, cough, and constipation. Those with nut allergies who want to experience the healthful properties of oils such as Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, can benefit from substituting it with Apricot Kernel Oil.

There are a few short youtube videos about how to use apricot kernel oil. One in particular was both informative and entertaining. The posted video is from Beauty by Sweet Angel, and she'll share with you some additional info about using apricot kernel oil for lots of skin needs. 

Just as a beauty product alone, this oil is really one of the gem amongst carrier oils. It's the oil I typically use daily after an evening shower. What I mentioned earlier about the oil was the loads of poly-saturated fatty acids in contains. With all of them having some beneficial function on the skin. Here's an organized breakdown of the many fatty acids and their benefits. 

OLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA 9) are known to:

  • Maintain the softness, suppleness, and radiance of skin and hair
  • Stimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair
  • Reduce the appearance of aging, such as premature wrinkles and fine lines
  • Eliminate dandruff and thereby support hair growth
  • Boost immunity
  • Exhibit antioxidant properties
  • Prevent joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain     

LINOLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA 6) are known to:

  • Moisturize hair and promote its growth
  • Facilitate wound healing
  • Be an effective emulsifier in the formulation of soaps and quick-drying oils
  • Exhibit anti-inflammatory properties
  • Soothe acne and reduce chances of future outbreaks
  • Promote moisture retention in skin and hair
  • Make oils feel thinner in consistency when used in an oil blend, thus being beneficial for use on acne-prone skin


  • Lessen inflammation
  • Control blood clotting on the skin
  • Soothe joint pain and ease stiffness to improve flexibility

PALMITIC ACID is known to:

  • Have emollient properties
  • Soften hair without leaving a greasy or sticky residue
  • Be the most common saturated fatty acid 

STEARIC ACID is known to:

  • Have cleansing properties that purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin
  • Be an ideal emulsifying agent that binds water and oil
  • Help products remain potent when stored for long periods of time
  • Condition and protect hair from damage without diminishing luster or making it feel heavy
  • Have exceptional cleansing properties
  • Soften skin

VITAMIN A is known to:

  • Protect skin against damage caused by UV radiation
  • Slow the appearance of aging by smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
  • Stimulate production of collagen
  • Stimulate cells regeneration to keep skin healthy, strong, and firm
  • Facilitate faster healing of wounds
  • Protect skin against toxins and bacteria and promotes cell production, thus boosting immunity
  • Lighten unwanted blemishes and dark spots, thus balancing skin tone to create an even glow
  • Slow the production of oil in the skin and clears pores, thereby preventing acne breakouts

VITAMIN E is known to:

  • Have antioxidant properties that slow the look of aging and boost circulation
  • Repair scarred and blemished skin
  • Prevent moisture loss from skin and hair
  • Offer soothing relief to skin that has been burned
  • Deeply cleanse pores and balance oil production

Each joint collection formula contains 70% apricot kernel oil, which adds additional anti-inflammatory benefits the essential oils we've included. We'll get into those oils, because without them I couldn't just say House of Aja makes the best homemade massage oils for joint pain. Our muscle rub oils contain a 30% mix of sunflower oil. Another light oil, that will absorb into the skin well with residue.

Sunflower seed oil skin and hair benefits

Used topically, Sunflower Carrier Oil hydrates, softens, prevents moisture loss, defends against external damage, and facilitates the skin’s regeneration. It is gentle enough to use around the eyes and in baby skin care. Sunflower Oil slows the look of wrinkles, reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, eliminates acne-causing bacteria, prevents blemishing, and evens out the skin tone. It is easily absorbed into the skin without clogging pores. When applied to hair, Sunflower Oil hydrates, strengthens, softens, manages frizz, repairs damage, and effectively addresses thinning, loss, and baldness. Used medicinally, Sunflower Carrier Oil protects against harmful bacteria, soothes skin that is irritated, inflamed, calloused, and rough, and prevents acne breakouts. In massage therapy, it is reputed to be ideal for addressing leg ulcers.

Sunflower oil contains some of the same poly-saturated acids as apricot. What they share together are LINOLEEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-6), OLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-9), PALMITIC ACID, STEARIC ACID. We won't have to get into these again, since a breakdown of that these do to your skin and hair are above in the apricot kernel part. Merging these two oils together makes a perfect blend that could be considered the best massage oil. Well what makes House of Aja Joint Collection an overall best homemade essential massage oil?

"The best homemade massage oil includes essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties."

Without any hesitation of thought, our massage oil blend ingredients had to include some essential oils. These oils are all packed with various properties that benefit the body and mind. Really, what good doesn't come from a massage oil that has a relaxing aroma. You could blend any essential oils that you'd like in your own massage oil blend. Just note that if you are blending for the aroma, you may be missing out on choosing other oils that carry properties that deal particularly with arthritis, inflammation, and joint and muscle pain. All 12 of our choice in essential oils have and are still used on the body for joint pain. You'll need to gain some extra knowledge on why these oils were chosen, so I've leave you with a couple of details for each. 

Wintergreen - Used in massages, Wintergreen Essential Oil revitalizes exhausted and tender muscles, helps decrease spasms, promotes easier breathing, and soothes headaches as well as pain and discomfort experienced in the lower back, nerves, joints, and ovaries.

Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus Essential Oils support the respiratory system and soothe physical discomforts. The healing benefits of Eucalyptus Oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.

Lemongrass - Lemongrass is most commonly used to relieve digestive issues, reduce bodily aches, pains, and high temperatures, and eliminate harmful bacteria.

Black pepper - has warming, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. This can help reduce pain from tired or injured muscles. It eases cramps, improves tendonitis as well as relieves symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.

Fir Balsam - Fir Balsam essential oil is used in aromatherapy to help relieve joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis.

Cypress - cypress essential oil is antimicrobial and antibacterial, it can help clean and heal cuts and wounds. People use cypress as an ointment for head colds, cough, and bronchitis, as well as for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. 

Ginger - Ginger Essential Oil facilitates the elimination of toxins, boosts digestion, eases discomforts of the stomach and bowel, enhances appetite, clears the respiratory tract, soothes aches, and reduces inflammation. Used topically, Ginger Essential Oil soothes redness, eliminates bacteria, inhibits the signs of skin damage and aging, and restores color and radiance to a dull complexion.

Rosemary - Rosemary Essential Oil is best known for its stimulating, soothing, and pain relieving properties.4 of Rosemary's chemical compositions consist of anti-inflammatory properties. Included are Linalool, a-Pinene, Camphor, Camphene, and 1,8-Cineol.

Marjoram Sweet - Marjoram relaxes muscle spasms and tension. It's known for its ability to ease pain and inflammation.

Palo Santo - Palo Santo essential oil is anti-inflammatory and can ease muscular tension in a massage oil or balm. It is also great for sore muscles or joints after exercise. Palo Santo is high in limonene, making it useful in the management of headaches, panic attacks and asthma flares.

Turmeric - Curcumin found in turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and so turmeric oil can give immediate relief from inflammation. 

Spruce Black - Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, black spruce is recommended for relieving post-exercise aches and pains in joints and muscles. Also, it is commonly used to relieve muscle pain due to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis

The best massage oil for knee pain, your joints and muscles can be totally up to the beholder. What House of Aja offers is our take 3 versions of a massage oil, featuring the same carrier oils with 3 distinct blends of essential oils. Handmade with 100% pure essential oils, blended with aroma and beneficial properties as our top priority. Enjoy our massage oil line by visiting our Joint Collection

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