One of the fun parts of exploring essential oils is creating blends for your own specific needs. Once you know how to apply essential oils you can experiment with your own combinations with these tips for blending essential oils.
Creating your own essential oil blends isn't difficult, but it does take some time and experimentation to find what works for you. Each person's body is unique and may require different amounts or different oils to achieve similar results. But there are some basic tips for blending essential oils.
4 tips for blending essential oils
The following advice will help you get started creating your own mixtures and help you narrow down your choices. This can feel like an overwhelming step but it doesn't have to be with these few simple guidelines:
Start with a carrier oil
As I've stated in previous posts, dilution is highly recommended with essential oils (fill out the form below for a free printable dilution chart). Depending on the type of blend you are creating, whether it's an everyday blend or a therapeutic blend for occasional use, you will want to start with a carrier oil.
- For an everyday blend, start with 2-3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil (for adults) or 1 drop for every teaspoon (for children)
- For therapeutic, short-term use (not recommended for children or the elderly), try a 10-20% dilution (10-20 drops per teaspoon of oil
- For a massage blend, 50 drops to 4 0z carrier oil is sufficient
Use a reference guide
An essential oils reference guide (like this one) is a great help in narrowing down your options. Decide what kind of blend you'd like to create (is it for a specific health need or for emotional support?) and narrow it down by using the reference guide.
Most reference books will have specific recommendations for a variety of personal uses. Generally, the oils and blends are placed in a recommended order. By combining a few from the list, you can create your own personal blend for that specific need.
Oils that 'play nice'
One general guideline to consider, when deciding which oils to blend, is that if two oils are from the same botanical family they will work well together. Oils with similar constituents will also blend well.
Take a sniff test
Also, consider the 'notes' of the oil. Some are fruity, others are woodsy or floral. When you've narrowed down your list of essential oil choices consider how they will smell together and what scents you prefer.
Have you tried creating your own essential oil blend?