ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS
Blending essential oils is all about inhaling! For those of you who are brand new to essential oils and aromatherapy, one of the best ways to begin creating personal fragrances is by experimenting with combining essential oils that you love from the very first inhale.
You can then experiment with using your blends in diffusers, soaps, and room and body sprays. While this is a fun and creative process, blending essential oils is an art and science that takes a bit of skill and knowledge.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND?
This depends on why you want to make the blend. Is it for personal use? To fragrance a room? For therapeutic purposes? Do you want to use your blend for an aromatherapy massage?
Here are some basics –
Different oils have different rates of evaporation. Most essential oils fall into one of three categories depending on their volatility.
- top notes – the lightest fragrances which are quickest to evaporate and the most stimulating and uplifting to the mind and body. They tend to give the first impression of a blend and typically have antiseptic properties.
- middle notes – These are warm, soft and subtle fragrances which usually last throughout a massage. They have medium volatility and tend to affect the functions and general metabolism of the body. Also good for balancing and relaxing the mind.
- base notes – the slowest to evaporate, so last the longest and are usually the most relaxing and sedating oils. They tend to be the last impression of a blend.
GROUP YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS – Before beginning to create your own aromatherapy recipes of any sort, a good starting point is to categorize your essential oils into groups that share similar traits. This can be by what they do (effects you’re after), how they smell (scent type), or if you want to be really technical, you’ll sort them by their chemical make-up of how fast each of them evaporates.
Energizing – Rosemary, Clary sage, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Cypress, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Grapefruit, Ginger
Calming – Lavender, Geranium, Mandarin, Bergamot, Ylang, Neroli, Jasmine, Melissa, Sandalwood
Detoxifying – Peppermint, Juniper, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemon, Hyssop, Mandarin, Laurel
Anti Anxiety – Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Orange, Melissa, Geranium
SAMPLE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Muscle Warming Blend
- 40 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
- 35 drops organic Lemon essential oil
- 20 drops organic Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- 15 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
Mix all essential oils together in a dark glass bottle.This essential oil blend is very strong and must be diluted! The essential oil content should only account for 1 to 2% of the total formula. This means that up to 6-12 drops of essential oil can be added per 1 oz of carrier oil or other menstruum.
So get out your essential oils and mix and match your drops to find the blend that blends best with YOU!
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