“Herbs” and “spices” are often used interchangeably, however there are differences between them. Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous or non-woody plants, and are used in larger amounts than spices. Spices, on the other hand, are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds, or bark, and are usually used in smaller amounts than herbs because of their higher potency and stronger flavor.
Herbs come in various forms, including dried leaves and teas. But this site focuses on herbal oils, which you can make at home or purchase at health food stores. These oils have their own set of uses and benefits, from food preparation to skin therapy and other practical uses. Herbal oils can be taken or used in different ways, such as for cooking and topical application.
There are many different types of massage oils available. At the health food store, you’ll find single massage oils such as sweet almond oil or avocado oil. If you shop at spa shops or skin care stores, you’re more likely to find blended massage oils containing two or more massage oils.
Why is it important to know about the different massage oils? Some Essential oilsare more likely to leave you feeling greasy after the massage, while other massage oils go rancid quickly and take on an unpleasant smell. Worse, some oils might irritate skin or cause allergic reactions.