I am asked frequently, how do I blend the essential oils? I am also asked from time to time, should I mix (blend) the essential oils?
In answer to the second question: it depends on what effects you want, however, what you should know is that research has shown that you get better results using more than one essence at a time. This is called synergy; oils blended together that have a mutually enhancing effect on one another so that the whole is greater than the individual parts.
Now that you want to blend, what are the “rules”?
*Usually only 3 – 5 oils per blend
*Roughly 20% are base notes (put in first)
*Roughly 50% are middle notes (put in next)
*Roughly 30% are top notes (put in last)
*Most blends use a carrier oil, dilution up to 5% essential oil is sufficient
(I admittedly use more, however, it is not recommended)
*Keep in a colored bottle and with a lid
A great book for beginners that has blends and the amounts already in it:
The Essential Blending Guide by Rosemary Caddy
If you are feeling inspired and want to give it a try here are some basic therapeutic properties taken from Essential Oils in Colour by Rosemary Caddy:
Flowers – emotional – soothing heart and mind
Leaves-respiration-support and enhance immune system, musculoskeletal system
Needles/twigs – respiration – release blocked energy
Flowering tops/herbs – strong antiseptic action, protective function
Woods/trunk – support (the core), strength, centeredness, beneficial for the skin, musculoskeletal aches and pains
Resins – heals wounds, heals on a spiritual level, heals states of mind, comforting
Roots – grounding, nourishing – anxiety
Seeds – reproductive system, digestive, urinary
*Quick reference to Top, Middle or Base notes: HERE.
I post a different essential oil every Tuesday on my Facebook page, so you can also learn slowly!
Chart that tells which essential oils will blend with what other oils: HERE (courtesy of Wanda Sellar The Directory of Essential) Her instructions are that the oils blend well in the same category and the groups adjacent.
I have several favorite essential oil books that I look in all the time for reference:
*Valerie Ann Worwood: The Compete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy (this has so much fabulous information, recipes, and suggestions in it, you may never come up for air!!!
*Althea Press: Essential Oils Natural Remedies
*Wanda Sellar: The Directory of Essential Oils