If you fancy treating yourself to an indulgent oil massage whilst on holiday in Thailand, the right choice of oil and aroma is key to making sure the experience is as relaxing as possible. These top five essential oils are all readily available and sure to inspire the senses.
For many people, a hectic schedule back home means that by the time they finally make it to their holiday destination, they are feeling a little run down. For those lucky enough to be heading to Thailand on vacation, relaxing massages offers the perfect way to revitalize the body and soul. Aromatherapy treatments, in particular, take you on a soothing return to vitality.
As well as being particularly relaxing, aromatherapy massage treatments also offer a range of health benefits that can help bring your body bounce back to form fast. Pain relief, improvement of blood circulation and toxin removal are just a few of the pluses associated with such treatments, and Thailand is brimming with first rate spas and therapists skilled in the art.
A crucial element in any aromatherapy treatment, of course, is the essential oil you choose. If you’re having trouble deciding which aroma or blend to go for, below are a few popular and effective options.
Warm & Spicy
As well as being an important ingredient in Thai cuisine, ginger can also play a central role in a soothing aromatherapy massage. Warm, spicy and invigorating, ginger oil is found in the root of the plant and has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. The oil is said to relieve aches and pains, which is perfect after a long haul flight, and its warming qualities are also thought to address digestive problems.
Sweet & Zesty
Also a key ingredient in many Thai dishes, lemongrass is renowned for its healing properties, making it a fantastic essential oil to opt for in an aromatherapy treatment. Lemongrass helps relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as headaches. Its stimulating scent also helps boost your spirits if you’re feeling a little low, so even if you don’t use lemongrass as a massage oil you can try popping a couple of drops into your green tea in the morning. The flavour is somewhat sweeter than that of a regular lemon, so your brew is guaranteed to taste great.
Floral & Fragrant
If you’re in the mood for something a little more scented; jasmine is a traditional Thai aroma that is guaranteed to make you feel wonderful. Extracted from the flowers of jasmine plants, the romantic fragrance of this oil boasts anti-depressant qualities and actually stimulates your body to produce endorphins which will boost your energy and improve your mood. If you’re looking to up the love level with your partner whilst on vacation, jasmine is also a known aphrodisiac.
Exotic & Sensual
Ylang ylang is a favourite with people who like to indulge regularly in aromatherapy massage. Unlike the more invigorating essential oils like lemongrass and ginger, ylang ylang has a wonderfully soothing effect and is therefore a top choice if you are looking to de-stress. This fantastic plant also aids hypertension (high blood pressure) and helps relieve negative emotions. The calming properties of the oil are also great for helping you sleep, so you may want to opt for ylang ylang if you’re having a massage in the evening.
Soothing & Soporific
While you may not think of lavender as a traditionally Thai aroma; it is one of the best essential oils to go for if you’re in need of a relaxing fragrance during a massage. Not only does lavender blend well with other essential oils such as geranium, nutmeg and cedar wood, but the dried petals of the flower can also be used as part of a healing herbal compress. The calming scent of the oil is an excellent tonic for the nerves, which means it’s a great choice if you’re in search of a treatment to help you ease into holiday mode.