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Blending And Essential Oils – Here’s What To Do

You’ve read about essential oils and all the great properties and benefits they have. They have been used for thousands of years. You’ve learned they can be diffused to lift your spirits and freshen up the air. You’ve learned you can use them for cleaning.  They are great to use in beauty products. Now what do you do with all that information?

How are they used for all these things? Let’s find out about blending and essential oils. Yes, you can diffuse just one essential oil or use just one for cleaning, but they can be blended to make them even better as they work together.

Decide What The Blend Will Be Used For

What do you want this blend to do? Do you need something to help you focus? Maybe you need something to help you relax from a stressful day. Do you have acne that you need help with? Perhaps stretch marks or scars? Or allergies? Will it be used topically or aromatically? It is important to know what you want to use it for. Once you do that, you can decide what oils you want to buy for this blend.

If you’re making a blend to use topically, such as to moisturize skin or treat acne, it might be wise to stay away from any citrus oils as these cause photosensitivity, a sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other light sources. If you want to make a blend for kids or people with sensitive skin, you would use oils that are gentler on the skin.

Supplies Needed

There are some supplies that will be needed to blend essential oils. The first thing you need are the oils for the blend. When searching for oils to buy, look for high quality oils that have no fillers and are 100% pure. If you can afford to buy organic, that would be the best way to go.

There are many good high quality company’s out there, but there are also many that have poor quality. It is best to research the company and find one that has detailed information about the product, including any kind of reports as to the quality of the oil. You want to use a reputable company to buy your oils. Personally, I like Plant Therapy because they have all the above. They provide testing reports for each batch of oil they produce.

Some other items you will need for blending and essential oils: amber glass bottles, to start your blending use 2 ml amber glass bottles; 10 ml amber glass bottle w/dropper orifice; carrier oil for certain blends; notebook for keeping notes about your blends; Towels for any messes.

Oils For Blending

Are you blending for aromatic reasons or for therapeutic reasons? This is where it takes a little research. If you are doing aromatic blending, such as for your diffuser or your inhaler, then you want it to smell good but also have some therapeutic value. It’s a matter of balancing the aroma. All oils have a top, middle, and base note. My article on categorizing oils will give you more detail about the notes and some examples.

Your blend should have all three notes. Adding an extra here or there is fine, as long as you have all three notes. It’s important to know which oils work well together. This is where your research comes in. There are many websites that give you details about essential oils.  Plant Therapy is one of them.

So let’s say, for example, you come home from a stressful day and you need to wind down. To make a blend you can use in your diffuser aromatically or to use topically with a carrier oil, how much oil do you use? You want it to be lasting so you want to use a blend of all three notes plus have them be chemically balanced. I suggest the easiest thing to do is Google ‘essential oils to relieve stress’.

In this search you find three top note oils: lavender, clary sage, and orange. You find four middle note oils: jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, and peppermint. Last you find five base note oils: frankincense, ylang ylang (also can be middle note), sandalwood, cedarwood, and cinnamon bark. Keep track on paper what you find and add each oils’ aromatic note. All these oils help relieve stress and anxiety. Pick one oil from each note, but which ones?

You can look up on Plant Therapy each oil and which oils blend well with it. Keep track of this information in your notes. After researching, here are four possible examples: 1) top – clary sage, mid – ylang, base – cedarwood; 2) top – clary sage, mid – jasmine, base – frankincense; 3) top – orange, mid – jasmine, base – frankincense; 4) top – orange, mid – ylang ylang, base – cedarwood. In looking at the prices, you discover jasmine and frankincense are higher priced and you are on a limited budget so you pass on those. That leaves two possibilities within your price range, both using ylang ylang as a middle note and cedarwood as a base note. You like the smell of orange so you decide to use that as your top note.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve decided on your oils, ylang ylang, cedarwood, and orange, you have to figure out how much of each oil you need to add to your blend. It is best to do a test blend to see if you will like it. To do a test blend start with something small like a total of 10 drops of the oils combined. There is a ratio guideline to go by that I mentioned in my categorizing oils article. That ratio is the following percentages:

1. Top notes – 5-30%

2, Middle notes – 50-80%

3. Base notes – 5-20%

This ratio is not a steadfast rule. It is based on the user and what smells the best to them. You want a total of ten drops to start. Think of it this way. 10 drops equals 10 parts which equals 100%. There are several ways you can proceed. You can use your smell sense and start by adding one drop each of middle and base notes and see how that smells. Then add a top note.
Keeping adding up to 10 drops to find the aroma you like.

Keep track of how many drops of each note you are adding. It should not be too citrusy or have too much of a sweet smell, unless, of course, that is pleasing to you.  Base it on your sense and what you like. There is no set rule on how it should be. Just remember that the top note evaporates the fastest and then the middle until all you have left is the base note aroma. You should like the smell that is there after the others are gone.

The other way is by adding a set amount of oils from each note and see if you like it. For instance, use 3 drops of top note (orange) (30%), 5 drops of middle note (ylang ylang) (50%), and then 2 drops of base note (cedarwood)(20%). See how you like it. It may be more expensive to do it this way, because if you don’t like it, you’ll have to use more oil. If you don’t like it, try it again, changing the amount of drops, but don’t go over 10 drops total.

Finally, let’s use our new blend and blend it with the carrier oil. Here, again, we use a ratio to get the blend right so that it is the most effective when using it topically. Here’s one ratio from my article on carrier oils:

For 1 Ounce carrier oil:

  • 1% ratio use 6 drops essential oil
  • 2% ratio use 12 drops essential oil
  • 5% ratio use 30 drops essential oil
  • 10% ratio use 60 drops essential oil

Once you get your oils blended you’re ready to use. If the blend is not exactly right, you can experiment and keep trying until you find just the right amount of blended oils for you. Each individual is different.  It depends on the purpose of the blend and on the scents that you like. It sounds somewhat complicated, but really it’s not. It can be rather fun to do.

My Final Words

There’s always another option if you find this is just to much work for yourself. Most essential oil companies have already blended oils you can purchase. If you just think it’s too much work, or you just might not get it right, that’s a good option for you. We do both in our house.

There are some oil blends we make ourselves and some that we purchase here. Now that you’ve learned about blending and essential oils, why not try it out for yourselves? If you do, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, what you made, and how you liked it. Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Lynn

 

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12 thoughts on “Blending And Essential Oils – Here’s What To Do

  1. You have provided a lot of very useful information on blending essential oils. Really good article. There are so many essential oils out there today, I like the idea of blending my own, using only the highest quality oils that I get to choose. Thank you for the info.

    1. Thanks for reading, Curtis. It’s nice to blend your own to get just what you want. It’s important to make sure you go to a reputable company, though. The good companies provide information about their oils.
      Hope you come back again!
      Lynn

  2. Great information here ! I never knew there was such a wide variety of essential oils and the uses for them! This was a great article! I learned a lot here !
    What are some of the therapeutical uses for essential oils, I have a daughter with extreme breathing issues and wonder if they mighyt be of help to her in spome way !
    Mike

    1. Hey, Mike!
      It’s amazing that there are so many different kinds of essential oils and so many different ways to use them. I have learned a lot in my studies. I am in no way a professional and expert. All I can do is use my own experience. My husband, Perrie, has been suffering with asthma for years. Several years ago, he started using the oils and made an inhaler from eucylyptus, peppermint and sometimes lavender oils. He has improved tremendously. We also use a diffuser at night while we are sleeping with lavender oil us to help relax and sleep. If you don’t want to blend your own, you can find a respiratory blend here.
      Thanks for reading! Come back soon..
      Lynn

  3. I love the site, it is very calming; goes along with the article of essential oils. My sister uses oils and I will mention this site to her; she will find this very interesting. It has a lot of information and easy to follow. You put a lot of detail into it. It makes me want to start using them.

    1. Thanks, Nancy!
      I’m glad you like it. I try to bring information people can use in a way they can understand. You should try essential oils! They’re amazing! Even if it’s just to freshen up your house. Yes, please send your sister my way. She might find something she can use. Thanks for reading.
      Lynn

  4. Thanks for posting this. Nice informative information about essential oils. This is getting more and more popular as more and more people want to take the natural route. Nice to know about the blending of oils. I wouldn’t know offhand how to blend them, but this article helps. The ratios were helpful.

    1. Hello Robert!
      So glad you read. It is getting more popular. I, for one, would rather use and put natural medicine in my body instead of all the synthetic, man made medicines with all their side effects. These natural medicines can help with so many things.
      Thanks for reading and come back soon.
      Lynn

  5. I had never heard of blending essentials oils before. I thought they were just purchased and used “as is” from the store.

    I knew my wife purchased essential oils all the time – but, when I told her about your article detailing how to blend them, she told me that she had been blending them for several years to treat her spider veins.

    Who knew? I guess I didn’t – that’s for sure!

    She revealed that her favorite blend was: Lemon Oil (top note – 30%), Cypress (middle note – 50%), and Frankincense (base note – 20%).

    So, since she seemed to be quite the expert, I asked her if there was a blend for muscle pain – and, immediately, she suggested: Peppermint (top note), Chamomile (middle note), and Clover (base note). But, she said, even though she would blend it for me, I would have to judge what percentages to use.

    I guess this old dog can learn something new after all!

    Your blending article opened up a whole new vision for me!

    Jim

    1. Jim,
      So glad you read my article and did learn something new. Your wife is right on with her blend. I’m assuming her favorite blend is for spider veins. For the muscle pain, that’s a good mix and she is right. Each person is different and what might be good for her may not be for you or someone else. That’s where you have to try a blend and see how it is and make adjustments accordingly. Sounds like you have an expert in the house!! That’s awesome!! Thanks for reading!!

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