Posted by: Rhett Hatfield | April 30, 2009

Aromatic Massage Oil Blends for the Chinese 5 Elements

Aromatic Massage Oil Blends for the Chinese 5 Elements

The Five Element Theory utilized in Chinese Medicine stems from ancient Chinese philosophy. The five elements are symbolic for the different phases, or primal forces withinSun Moon the universe, nature, and our bodies. Each element is also attributed to a certain personality archetype. Knowing which element(s) predominates our personalities can help further insight into our lives and relationships.

The massage blends below were formulated with TCM 5 Element Theory in mind.  As you may know essential oils have a direct effect on the limbic system thereby altering the emotional and mental qualities of the body mind. In TCM it is believed that emotions relate to different organs in the body and through herbs, oils, color and scents (in addition to acupuncture and other bodywork modalities) we are able to help rebalance.

Prepare the blends below and either choose your scent intuitively (works very well) or take the 5 elements questionnaire online listed at the end of this article.


Wood: Yin Meridian Liver and Yang Meridian Gall Bladder. Color geen, a sour taste and a feelings of anger or rage.

1.5 tbsp olive oil
5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops Ginseng essential oil

Fire: Yin Meridian Heart, Yang Meridian Small Intestines. Color red, a bitter taste and feelings of happiness joy or shock.

1.5 tbsp olive oil
5 drops Rose essential oil
10 drops Cinnamon essential oil

Earth: Yin Meridian Spleen, Yang Meridian Stomach. Color yellow, sweet taste and worry or thoughtful feelings.

1.5 tbsp olive oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops fennel essential oil

Metal: Yin Meridian Lung, Yang Meridian Large Intestines. Color white, spicy taste, and feeling of sorrow.

1.5 tbsp olive oil
5 drops peppermint
10 drops eucalyptus

Water: Yin Meridian Kidneys, Yang Meridian Bladder. Color black, salty taste and feeling of fear.

1.5 tbsp olive oil
5 drops Jasmine essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil

Take the online 5 Element Personality Questionnaire here

Please let me know what you are thinking by commenting on this post


Rhett Hatfield, Owner/Director of Education Body Wisdom School
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  1. Thanks Rhett – enjoyed doing the analysis – no surprises in the result – was an interesting read.

  2. […] Read the original here:  Aromatic Massage Oil Blends for the Chinese 5 Elements […]

  3. Your article is very informative and fun to read. I loved the water scent more. Thanks!

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