This month is all about essential oils. We've talked about safety and last week we focused on the aromatic properties and uses of essential oils. This week is all about topical applications - how and when to apply oils and now we're learning about creating blends. Yesterday I shared a few tips for blending essential oils and today we're going to take that a step further by learning about creating your own essential oil blend.
Creating your own essential oil blend
Creating your own essential oil blend requires some experimenting and trial-and-error until you find what works for you. But there are a few steps you can follow to make things a little bit easier.
Decide what type of blend you'd like to create
The first step in creating your own essential oil blend is to decide what result you'd like to achieve.
For example, I have very dry skin in the winter so I'd like to create a blend that I can apply to keep my skin soft and hydrated.
Use your reference guide
Once you know what you'd like to create, you'll want to use a reference guide (Google works too, but a reference guide is a great resource to have on-hand. I really like this one).
So let's take our dry skin example. Look up 'dry skin' in the reference guide and make a list of the recommended oils:
- Roman Chamomile
Oils are listed in a recommended color-coded order in the guide. The first color-coded list is placed in recommended order and the second list is a selection of other recommended oils.
There are also notations beside each oil (A, T, or I - for aromatic, topical, or internal use). Since I am planning to create a topical blend, I look at only those oils marked with a 'T'.
Choose 2 oils to test
Look through the list of recommended oils for any that you already own (it's always great to start with what you already have!) or you can decide to purchase a few. Start with 2 oils from the recommendations in the reference guide.
I like to choose two that I think will smell nice together. Perhaps Lavender (a floral scent) will work nicely with Lemon (a citrus scent).
Choose one oil, dilute it with a carrier oil and apply to the area of concern (fill out the form below for a free printable dilution chart). Watch for any changes. If you see positive results, then you've found an oil that will work for you. If you see little or no change, repeat this step with another oil.
This step may take a few days, depending on what you are hoping to achieve.
Test your blend
Once you've found a few oils that work well for what you need, try layering them. Dilute and apply one oil and then apply the other. As in the previous step, note the results.
Also, make note of the scent. Do you like it? Dislike it? Olfactory senses are involved in this process as well and you want to create a blend that is pleasing to your senses.
Once you've decided on the two oils that you like, it's time to mix them up.
Create your blend
In a dark colored bottle (I like to wash out and keep my empty essential oil bottles just for this reason) combine your carrier oil and the essential oils you've chosen. Top with an orifice reducer or roller top. Keep them tightly closed and stored in a cool, dark location to protect their efficacy.
Have you tried creating your own essential oil blend?