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Benefits of massage with olive oil

Olive oil has been used by Mediterranean cultures for thousands of years for its health benefits and beauty. Olive oil is known since it is used in cooking and making salads. But many people do not know is commonly used as massage oil for home. You can combine olive oil with many types of essential oils and create massage oil that is economical, healing and aromatic.

Dry skin

Massaging the skin daily with olive oil is an excellent way to combat dry or scaly skin caused by bad weather. Also you help repair damaged by overexposure to the sun skin. Janice Cox, author of “Natural Beauty at Home,” suggests mixing olive oil with vitamin E oil to create a skin treatment that is rich and moisturizing. Make a capsule of vitamin E a half cup of olive oil and massage the dry cracked skin in a circular motion.

Pain relief

Massage therapy helps in itself to relieve aches, pains and muscle spasms. But you can get additional benefits using olive oil massage treatments. Ayurveda doctors prescribe massage with olive oil for relieving inflammation, gout, arthritis, muscle aches and strains. You can use half a cup of olive oil extra virgin regularly available in the grocery store for a full body massage. To reduce density and improve the flavor, add a few drops of essential oils like rose or geranium. Mix well and massage over the areas of the body that are painful or inflamed.

Head massage

Olive oil helps heal dry conditions scaly scalps and dandruff. Massaging the scalp with olive oil promotes healthy, shiny and manageable hair. Francesca Gould, author of “Indian Head Massage”, says olive oil is commonly used to moisturize and condition the scalp and dry hair. You can create a homemade treat scalp massage adding five drops of lavender or rose essential oil half a cup of extra virgin olive oil. Massage the scalp with fingertips, making small circular movements. Make this treatment on the hair for 10 minutes and then wash thoroughly with your favorite shampoo.