Blending Essential Oils At Home
Making And Using Essential Oils Blends At Home
When you blend different essential oils together something amazing happens. The minute one essential oil is mixed with another, a completely new fragrance is created, individual medicinal properties combine in unique ways, and quite new properties arise.
We talk about a something being greater than it's parts, and this is very true of essential oils blends. In aromatherapy this phenomena is called synergy.
Essential oils are extraordinary substances; we are still finding out just how amazing they are. Research findings in university studies across the world are revealing in scientific detail what natural healers have known for a few thousand years: Plants and their derivatives really do have measurable effects on the human body and mind, and are extremely effective at destroying bacteria and certain viruses.
Do note that essential oils contain potent compounds. If you are going to take responsibility for your health and use essential oils and essential oil blends, you do need to acquaint yourself with some basic guidelines and safety notes. You can find these at the bottom of this page.
For anyone new to essential oils blends, I have put all my various notes and articles together here, plus some handy tips and recipes that I know work well. After that, there's a whole universe of plant oils and fragrances waiting to be explored.
My Essential Oils Ready For Blending
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I write about essential oils is because I really enjoy using them, and find them very useful for all kinds of things. I like them because their manufacture doesn't create pollution, and when used correctly, they are a safe and effective alternative to many of the manufactured products on the market today.
I think it important that everyone is allowed to take responsibility for their own health and well being, and that means having access to helpful information and products. We still need the help of skilled doctors and alternative health practitioners for the bigger illnesses and troubles in life, but we can help ourselves in all the everyday simple things if we just know how.
Buying And Storing Essential Oils
Essential oils need to be kept away from sunlight, direct heat and fluctuating temperatures. And if you don't want to spend ages peering at labels or hunting down lost bottles, you need to find somewhere to keep them in some order that makes sense to you.
Keeping lots of different bottles of oil together in some sort of order is always a challenge. I got fed up with my aromatherapy materials getting muddled and lost around the house, so I had the shelf unit in the picture above built in a hall way specially. Before I had these shelves built I used lots of different systems, and from experience, the most important things in any essential oils storage system are that you can:
A) Store the oils away from the reach of children
B) Store the oils away from sunlight, direct heat, extreme temperatures.
C) Store the oils where they won't get knocked over and broken.
D) Access your oils quickly and easily.
E) Be able to clearly read the labels of the bottles.
If you want to really experiment with essential oils blends, you need a wide range of essential oils and a good storage system.
If space is limited, or you want to make your essential oil kit portable, this essential oil package is the perfect solution. 128 essential oils and blends in two portfolios specifically designed to keep the oils in good order, protected from light and breakage, easily transportable, and ready for use.
This is a really extensive aromatherapy kit housed in two specially designed portfolios. These essential oils are described as 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils. This means that the oils are of the highest quality, steam distilled and unadulterated by any additives, and are safe to use on the skin.
They are also not diluted in any way. This means that no carrier oil has been added to the blend. This is good, because it leaves you the option to use them neat in aromatherapy diffusers and burners or dilute them to the strength that you wish to use them.
Do You Use Essential Oils?
How often do you use essential oils and essential oils blends at home?
Blending Essential Oils Together
If you want to blend essential oils, but aren't sure where to start, you can start by using the recipes below to see which you like the most.
All oils have very specific aromas, qualities and properties. Blending essential oils together creates new and wonderful perfumes, but it also enhances and sometimes alters the properties of each oil within the blend. You could compare it to the effects that come from different types of musical instruments playing together.
Not all oils blend harmoniously together; in fact some essential oil combinations don't smell or feel good at all. Another factor at play in the successful blending of oils is how powerful each individual aroma is. Aroma strength varies tremendously, and whereas one drop of a particular oil will add to the overall aroma and effect, any more will drown out all the other ingredients completely.
Recording And Developing Your Experiments
At this point it's a good idea to start keeping a journal of any blending experiments you make. It is very hard to remember exactly what you did and how the blend smelled after a couple of days!
Live with the aroma that you have made for an hour or a day, and then try a different ratio. It's important to wait a while, otherwise your ability to smell different aromas becomes less, and you won't have time for the blend to permeate your mind and body.
After trying a blend of one drop of each of lavender and rose, next try 2 drops of lavender to 1 of rose, or 2 drops of rose to 1 of lavender on a new tissue.
This might sound like trivial changes but it will help get your 'nose' tuned in. It will also show you what a difference a drop makes!
Experiment with these combinations for a few days and you will soon begin to notice the difference in the various combinations.
Find out about all the major essential oils
This is a really good directory of essential oils
This is a really useful site that lists most essential oils that you might use in alphabetical order. Each oil has a brief summary, but you can also click through to a detailed report on the uses of the oil and it's chemical constituents.
This is an example of the detail that you get when you click through on a plant name: Health Benefits of Orange Essential Oil.
Are Essential Oils Safe?
A Guide To Using Essential Oils Safely
This is pretty important reading if you are planning to use essential oils on the body. You need to know which are toxic and which shouldn't be used with certain medical conditions and pregnancy.
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants, and contain powerful chemical compounds. You need to treat them with respect and use them with care and caution.
I strongly advise anyone using essential oils to aquaint themselves with the various limitations and side effects of certain oils, as well as have a basic understanding of safe practice when using essential oils..
Published Research Papers Examining The Chemical Activity Of Essential Oils
I find it interesting that a large amount of research into the potential uses of essential oils is occurring in countries other than Europe and America. It would seem to me, although it is just my conjecture, that the countries that do not host the large chemical companies, and are at the mercy of ever rising medicine costs, are finding it expedient to explore this avenue with increasing scientific interest and rigour.
Of course there is no benefit in this avenue of research for the large multi nationals, because the whole point about essential oils is the value of the natural oil in its entirety, rather than an extract or synthesized copy which can then be marketed globally for huge profit.
- Antiviral and Antimicrobial Properties of Essential Oils
By Dominique Baudoux : Director of the Centre EuropÃ©en de Recherche en Energie (CEDRE)
- Chemical composition and antifungal properties of essential oils of three Pistacia species
SciVerse ScienceDirect is a scientific database containing more than 10 million journal articles .
- Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils and Fragrances
Published research by G. Buchbauer1, , W. JÃ¤ger1, L. Jirovetz1, J. Ilmberger2, and , H. Dietrich.
- The Chemistry of Essential Oils
Site with basic chemistry explanations of essential oils.
- Essential Oils as Green Pesticides: Potential and Constraints
Rsearch paper by Opender Koul Suresh Walia and G S Dhaliwal.
- Biological properties of essential oils: an updated review
Research by Nazan Celikel and GÃ¶khan kaVaS Department of Dairy Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
- Fumigant and Repellent Properties of Essential Oils
Research from Argentina on head lice control with essential oils
- Antifungal properties of essential oils
Research from and including the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, National Advanced School of Agro-industrial Sciences, University Ngaoundere,