Aromatherapy Massage Spotlight: Cleansing Herbs

In celebration of my business's one-year anniversary, I've released new aromatherapy massages I've been working on for my clients.  These massages use special oil blends formulated by myself in combinations that please the senses and benefit the body.  Several of my upcoming blog posts will spotlight these aromatherapy massages, their purpose, and the oils involved in the blend, starting with this one:  Cleansing Herbs.

The Cleansing Herbs Aromatherapy Massage contains a blend of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sweet marjoram (Origanum marjorana), and hyssop (Hyssopus officinalus ssp. decumbens), all of which are herbs renowned for their cleansing properties.  Combined, these oils result in a powerful blend that is designed to cleanse the body and give any unwelcome visitors a kick out the door!  Rosemary is commonly used in cooking, as many know, but it is also a favored ingredient in many natural shampoos.  The reason?  It has properties that encourage the hair to keep itself clean, that kill off the yeast that is the most common cause of dandruff, and that leave the hair and scalp smelling fresh and feeling invigorated.  Rosemary also increases circulation, thereby detoxifying the system, and tones muscles.

Sweet marjoram, while not a well-known herb nowadays, was considered an indispensable part of the traditional herbalist's collection.  It was used as a powerful cleansing agent, especially in steam preparations, to fumigate a room and rid the air of impurities.  It was also gentle enough to be brewed into a cleansing tea.  This gentle, yet potent herb encourages healing, both emotionally and physically, increases circulation, and assists in cleansing the entire body.

Hyssop is one of the most well-known cleansing herbs due to the Biblical verse, "Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." [Psalm 51:7 NASB]  This herb's name is from the Greek "Hyssopus," derived from the Hebrew original ezob, which means "holy herb."  In addition to the obvious esteem in which the Hebrews held this plant, it was praised by Greek physicians, including Galen and Hippocrates, for its healing effects.  It was especially noted for its ability to cleanse the chest by encouraging expectoration of heavy phlegm.  Hyssop is another herb which increases circulation, encouraging detoxification of the body and warming it to discourage incubation of unwanted microbes.  Together in the Cleansing Herbs Aromatherapy Massage, rosemary, sweet marjoram, and hyssop make a powerful mixture that encourages the body to cleanse itself, leaving it warmed, freshened, and invigorated.