CREATING THE PERFECT BLEND OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential Oils Blending 101
Dilution of Essential Oils to Carrier Oils:
Therapeutic: 25-30 drops of essential oil to about 1/2 oz of carrier oil. This is normally used to address a specific health issue and is not used long-term.
Body Massage Oil: 40-60 drops of essential oil to about 4 ounces of mixing oil.
Everyday Home Use: 10-20 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of carrier oil.
* Some oils suggest fewer drops due to their high potency. Follow the guidelines of the essential oil you select.
What are the Benefits of using Essential Oils?
Essential Oils have hundreds of benefits including emotional and physical ailments, stimulating the lymphatic system, improvement of circulation and detoxification of the body.
Some essential oils can be used straight applying a few drops to the area of concern, or several oils can be combined with a carrier oil to make a blend for self-healing or to lift your mood. You can always purchase professionally blended oils.
Guidelines to Mixing Essential Oils:
Differences in Characteristics of Oils.
- The Weight of the Oil – Determine if the oil is light or heavy.
- The Strength of the Essential Oil – Some oils should only be used in small qualities. Research the oil before you blend your essential oils.
- The Therapeutic properties of the essential oil – Blending the right oils allows for a synergistic effect within the blend increases the therapeutic properties.
Consider the Essential Oils Volatility:
- Top Notes: Lighter and smaller molecules produce thinner oils that are less viscous. These oils evaporate quickly and are more volatile and are more aromatic. Lighter and smaller molecules assimilate in the body faster and thus are metabolized faster. For this reason, they will also linger in the body for a shorter period.
- Middle Notes: The majority of essential oils are classified in the middle note category. The aroma of middle note essential oils are not overpowering and are considered warming.
- Base notes: Base Notes are heavier and larger molecules that create thicker oils that are viscous and are less volatile (aromatic). Heavier and larger molecules are absorbed in the body slower and are metabolized slowly in the body. For this reason, they will also reside in the body for a longer period.
Why does the Volatility Matter?
Blending lighter oils with heavier oils allows the lighter molecules to stay in the body and last longer, and it allows the heavier oils to penetrate into the skin faster.
Heavier oils “fixatives” are slow to evaporate and will extend the life of the more volatile “Top Note” oils. Some of the best-known fixatives are Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Sandalwood Essential Oils.
How to Blend Essential Oils based on Notes:
Notes are based on the volatility and viscosity of the oils. As mentioned above the lighter oils are referred to as top notes, the heavier oils are called middle, and the ones in between are named base notes.
It is beneficial to use at least one oil from the three note classifications. Do not worry about doing it incorrectly, if you are blending oils for therapeutic value, you will still get the benefit from using one note classification.
How to Blend Essential Oils based on Classification:
This technique is completely described in the Aromatherapy Workbook by Marcel Lavabre. These four classifications are summarized below.
- The Personifier – These oils are initially used consisting of 1-5% of the blend. They have powerful, sharp aromas and last a prolonged amount of time. They have strong therapeutic properties. Examples of these oils are: Cinnamond Bar, Clary Sage, Clove, German Chamomile, Ginger, Hilchrusum, Rose, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils.
- The Enhancer – These oils are used second consisting of 50-80% of the blend. They have distinctive aromas, and they are the predominant oils in the blend. Examples are: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm (Melissa) Lemongrass, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Myrtle, Oregano, Rosemary, Spruce and Thyme.
- The Equalizer – These oils are used third consisting of 10-51% of the blend. They have milder aromas and last a smaller period of time. They produce not only the balance but the synergy in the oil blend. Examples are Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fennel, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Myrtle, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spruce, and Thyme.
- The Modifier – These oils are used last and should be 5-8% of the blend. They have delicate aromas and do not linger very long. These oils add harmony to the blend. Examples are Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Rosewood, and Sandalwood.
Mixing your Essential Oil and Carrier Oil:
- Mix your blend into personnel 4 ounce amber or blue glass bottles.
- Please do not use plastic, unless it is an emergency situation.
- Fill the bottle halfway with the carrier oil.
- Then add the essential oils to the bottle.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil.
- Leave some space at the top of the bottle to mix the oils by gently shaking it, and so your oil can breathe.
- Turn the bottle side-to-side several times to mix the oils together gently.
Selecting the Perfect Carrier Oil:
This chart will help you select the right carrier oil for your mixture. You can get detailed information of the carrier oils by clicking on the links below.