Oil used in Ayurvedic massage

Oil enter the body through hair follicles and nourishes the skin. It prevents dryness, increases suppleness, increases elasticity of outer tissues and prevents many of the effects of premature aging.

An Ayurvedic massage is performed using different types of oil. Coconut oil, sesame oil, mustard oil, olive oil and almond oil are some of the natural plant based oils that are used. Apart from these oils, Ayurvedic formula based oils are used for treating specific conditions like post-natal sagging.

I have provided below a quick list of differentiating factors between the above mentioned oil.

Coconut oil:

  • this is most popular oil for massage
  • cools down the body – so best for relaxation
  • suits all types of body and all whether conditions

Sesame oil:

  • this is the second most popular used oil for massage
  • rich in nutrients – iron, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, silicic acid, and calcium, and trace elements
  • good for shaping the muscles, increases elasticity
  • also good for nerves and endocrine glands
  • cools down the body

Almond oil:

  • good for ligaments
  • increases body heat
  • increases vitality in men

Mustard oil:

  • relives muscle stiffness
  • increases body heat

Olive oil:

  • contains proteins and minerals
  • increases body heat
  • highly viscous – so not suitable for head massage


I generally use coconut oil mixed with an Ayurvedic oil which is good for the skin makes the massage a pleasant experience. If you prefer to use a different type of oil, please let me know in advance.