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Last Updated on October 1, 2019 by Lynn
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.
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 essential 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 essential 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 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.
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
Now that you’ve learned about blending and essential oils, why not try it out for yourselves? There’s always another option if you find this is just to much work for you or you don’t want to take the time. Most essential oil companies already have blends made that 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. If you make your own, 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!