“Tech Neck” Pain Relief Massage Oil

Did you know we spend an AVERAGE of 9.5 hours a day looking at screens? And if your job requires you to be on the computer, that number jumps even higher.

It’s no wonder that most people experience “tech neck”; in other words, neck strain by looking down too often. Looking at our phones and our laptops, or even sitting hunched over the steering wheel of a car can *literally* be a pain in the neck.

Cutting down time spent on screens can help relieve symptoms, but because limiting device time isn’t always possible (especially if you work on the computer and phone), it helps to have other tools to help relieve the pain.

In addition to stretches and yoga, I like to do a self massage with this DIY Pain Relief Oil when my neck and shoulders feel more tense than usual. After a long day at work, traveling on an airplane, or even a tough commute, this oil can really help alleviate neck pain and get you feeling better in no time.

The massage brings a gentle warmth to your muscles while the essential oil benefits include stress relief and muscle relaxation. Besides the physical benefits, this oil smells like a dream: no hint of Bengay or Tiger Balm here!

At a glance:

Type:
Massage oil

Level:
Intermediate: Requires ingredients available at health food stores or online

Benefits:
Smooth skin, stress and pain relief

All natural?
Yes, absolutely 

Shelf life:
Around a year

About the massage oil ingredients

Lavender, South Africa

Anti-inflammatory, reduce pain and inflammation, soothing, relaxing, balancing

Roman Chamomile

Powerful anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, relaxing, balancing

Rosemary

Anti-inflammatory, rubefacient. Helps increase blood flow to local area. Warming.

Clary Sage

Antispasmodic, used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle spasms

Patchouli

Anti-inflammatory, calming, grounding. Adds a slight base note.

Sweet Almond Oil

Provides slip, good for massage, high in EFAs
If you don’t have sweet almond oil, you can substitute with apricot kernel oil or sunflower oil.

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“Tech Neck” Pain Relief Massage Oil

In addition to stretches and yoga, I like to do a self massage with this DIY Pain Relief Oil when my neck and shoulders feel more tense than usual. After a long day at work, traveling on an airplane, or even a tough commute, this oil can really help alleviate neck pain and get you feeling better in no time.

The massage brings a gentle warmth to your muscles while the essential oil benefits include stress relief and muscle relaxation. Besides the physical benefits, this oil smells like a dream: no hint of Bengay or Tiger Balm here!

Keyword Pain relief
Prep Time 5 minutes
Amount 1 ounce
Author Drew @ Botaneri

Ingredients

  • 38 drops Lavender essential oil South Africa
  • 15 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • 12 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 16 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 1 ounce Sweet Almond Oil

Instructions

  1. Measure 1 ounce of sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil).
  2. Add the essential oils one by one into the sweet almond oil

  3. Gently shake the bottle to combine the oils together.
  4. Apply a few and massage into neck and shoulders twice a day, morning and night. 

Recipe Notes

Notes: If you don’t have sweet almond oil, you can substitute with apricot kernel oil or sunflower oil.

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You can mix this same blend of essential oils with perfumer’s alcohol (or grain alcohol) for an amazing DIY perfume.

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About the author

I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.

What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.