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How can I give myself an oil massage?

This daily oil massage provides several benefits by reducing stress and removing the accumulation of toxins (digestive and environmental) from your skin. The accumulation of toxins causes premature aging. Doing this simple massage on a daily basis or a few times a week will markedly improve the texture and elasticity of your skin.

For the majority of people, the best oil to use is organic, cured sesame oil. But if you tend to produce a lot of body heat, get rashes easily, or are susceptible to inflammatory conditions, then organic coconut oil is a better choice. Coconut oil does not need to be cured for the massage.

The massage can take anywhere between 5 minutes and 30 minutes depending on the time you have available. Place a quarter-cup of oil in a small plastic bottle. Heat up the oil by running it under hot water in the sink. Once the oil is warm, begin massaging your scalp and face. Afterwards, move to the arms -- use long strokes on your long bones and circular strokes over your joints. Massage the chest and abdomen. Use clockwise, circular motions over the abdomen and heart. Next, reach around and rub oil up and down your back. Then, massage your hips and legs using the same long strokes on your long bones and circular strokes over your joints. Finally, massage your feet. Your feet and scalp are the two most important areas to massage to help reduce stress, so spend a little extra time on both of these areas.

To cure the sesame oil, simply place a drop of water in the oil. When the drop of water pops, it is cured and ready to use.

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