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Holistyx 2 years ago
Olive oil can certainly be used, and would be good for very dry, sensitive or irritable skin. However, it is not one of the most commonly used oils for massage in the UK as it is a little thick and viscous for many skin types and also has a distinctive smell which not everyone likes. For aromatherapy in particular it is usual to use a base oil with minimal aroma of its own to add to the smell of the blend chosen, such as sweet almond or grapeseed. As Norah says, it would depend on which treatment you are having. It might be used in Indian head massage or Ayur vedic treatments, as it is less pungent than some of the oils traditionally used in India such as mustard and sesame, and is very good for the hair as well as the skin.