Soothing DIY Massage Oil

Do you have a sore back or tight muscles that need some soothing? A good massage oil might be just what you need.

Of course, a great massage requires an equally amazing massage oil. However, some of your favorite massage oils may be filled with harmful toxins like parabens, triclosan, phthalates, and BP-3. Studies have shown that exposure to these ingredients can cause major complications to your health1.

Why use overpriced, chemically-filled products when you can make your own pure, all-natural massage oil? Check out this cooling and soothing DIY Massage Oil that is perfect to help soothe some of the discomforts you might be feeling. It’s made with the best natural ingredients that are safe for you and your home!

What I Love About This DIY Massage Oil

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I absolutely love how cooling this massage oil is! It feels great on my skin, but ultimately gives me peace of mind knowing that I am using all-natural ingredients.

What’s in This Soothing Massage Oil

Fractionated Coconut Oil

This colorless and odorless carrier oil is a great ingredient to use in essential oil recipes. Fractionated Coconut Oil helps dilute the essential oils to make it safe for topical use. Coconut Oil is beneficial for the skin, improving your skin’s appearance, hydration, and health, making it an ideal ingredient in this massage oil recipe.

Menthol Crystals

Another natural ingredient we added to this recipe is menthol crystals. menthol crystals are solid constituents of the peppermint plant. It gives this massage oil a cooling sensation to the skin and can even help calm irritation and itching.

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Fir Needle Essential Oil has a sharp, crisp, clean scent that is both calming and energizing. One study suggest that it may be able help to soothe pain, thanks to its natural analgesic properties and ability to soothe inflammation and muscle spasms2.

Cajeput Essential Oil

Cajeput Essential Oil contains the chemical cineole that one study shows may ease pain when absorbed by the skin3. This oil has a fresh, camphorous, slightly fruity aroma that is soothing when inhaled and may help relieve respiratory issues4.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is naturally cooling and soothing, making it very effective in soothing muscle and joint pain. That’s why we added it to our list of Best Essential Oils to Soothe a Headache.

Serum Container

Store this DIY massage oil in a secure serum container with a syringe top for easy application and safe storage.

Things to Remember When Using This Massage Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil recipe is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

Some essential oil recipes are not generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.

This essential oil recipe is safe to use with kids aged 10+.

For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Soothing Massage Oil Recipe

Soothing DIY Massage Oil


  • 2 tsp Fractionated coconut oil

  • 1/8 tsp (1 pinch) menthol crystals

  • 6 drops Fir Needle Essential Oil

  • 2 drops Cajeput Essential Oil

  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Serum container


  • In a double boiler (or microwave using short intervals), heat the fractionated coconut oil.
  • Add menthol crystals and stir to melt.
  • Add essential oils and stir.
  • Pour contents into the serum container. To use, drop some of the serum into your hands and massage onto the affected area for soothing relief.


  • Tip: Before using this recipe, perform a small patch test on the inside of your arm. If any irritation occurs, wash the area with soap and apply a carrier oil or aloe vera gel to the affected area. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.  

Say Goodbye to Toxin-filled Massage Oils!

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Harmful chemicals are found in so many products these days, even in massage oils that claim to be safe. Now, you can ditch those toxins and turn to an all-natural alternative with this cooling massage oil recipe. What do you think? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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  1. SingaporeMassage, Is Massage Oil Harmful to Your Body?
  2. Fir Needle Oil. 2021 May
  3. WebMD. Cajeput Oil
  4. Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 56-57.
  5. Sadlon AE, Lamson DW. Immune-modifying and antimicrobial effects of Eucalyptus oil and simple inhalation devices. 2010 Apr