How To Blend Essential Oils

How To Blend Essential Oils

You can achieve some wonderful therapeutic effects by blending together different essential oils. But it can all be very confusing for the beginner. So let’s take a quick look at how to blend essential oils…

How To Blend Essential Oils

The first thing you need to do before you even start to blend any oils is to decide exactly what it is you’re trying to achieve. That is, what are you going to be using your blend for?

Once you know what your aim is, then you can move on to the next step which is to make a list of essential oils that have the properties you need to meet your goal. You can consult an essential oil encyclopedia to help with this.

Synergistic Blending

Once you’ve made your list, you then need to choose some oils from it that will blend well together. This is called synergistic blending. We choose oils from three groups known as “Notes”.  The note of an oil is basically determined by their volatility. The volatility in turn determines how quickly it evaporates.

So we have the so-called top notes, middle notes and base notes. The top notes evaporate quicker than the middle notes, which in turn evaporate quicker than the base notes. The top notes tend to be light and airy, while the base notes are more earthy.

The idea is that you select a balanced blend consisting of oils from each note. For beginners, it’s a good idea to just select one oil from each note at first, until you get more experience with what works well together.

As you do get more experienced, you can start adding in more oils from each note.

Ready To Blend!

Once you’ve selected your oils, you’re ready to begin blending them.

While you’re experimenting, just use a small amount of your oils at first – no more than about 10 – 15 drops in total. This way you don’t waste too much if you make a blend you don’t like. You can always make it in larger amounts once you’ve decided you like a blend.

A good rule of thumb when blending your oils is to use a ratio of 30:50:20. That is, 30% of your blend is your top note oil, 50% is your middle note oil, and 20% of your blend is your base note oil.

So if you were using 10 drops total, you’d include 3 drops of your top note, 5 drops of your middle note, and 2 drops of your base note.

After you’ve mixed your blend, leave it to rest in a cool, dark place for at least 24 hours. Then it should be ready for testing.

Try it undiluted at first and see what you think. You can also try diluting it using carrier oils such as grapeseed oil or jojoba oil. Add 1 drop of your blend to 4 drops of a carrier oil to make a 20% dilution of your blend.

Don’t be afraid to experiment until you discover a blend you really like.

Happy blending!

How Do Essential Oils Work?

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils have been used by different civilizations throughout history, including the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Some of the things for which essential oils have been used include perfumes, medicine, to promote emotional well-being, and even as part of the embalming process. But just how do essential oils work?

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils can work in three different ways:

Pharmalogically

This basically means the chemical changes triggered when an essential oil enters your bloodstream. So, when an oil gets into your blood various chemical reactions will take place as the oil reacts with enzymes, etc.

Physiologically

This refers to how the use of an essential oil affects your body’s systems. So for example, some oils will have a sedative effect while others will act as stimulants. Indeed, the same oil may act as a sedative on some parts of the body, but also act as a stimulant on other parts.

Psychologically

The psychological effect is what happens to you when you inhale the aroma of the oils and respond to it.

It’s true that there’s still much work to be done to fully understand exactly how and why essential oils work in the way they do. And much of the scientific community remains sceptical of aromatherapy and its benefits. But the empirical evidence that they do work is there for all to see. And only a tiny proportion of plants in the world have been tried and tested. So who knows what other wonderful essential oil natural remedies may be out there somewhere.