While there are many great pre-made aromatherapy blends on the market, the fun is in making your own bespoke mix. Below is a guide to help you get creative (and a little bit scientific) with aromatherapy. If you don’t know which oils to buy first,use a starter kit with the classic oils in it and go from there. Just make sure you use high quality pure essential oils from a trusted retailer.
Oils can be classified into groups. Knowing these groups helps with mixing them. The five general groups are: floral (such as Lavender or Rose), citrus (Lemon or Bergamont), spicy (such as Nutmeg and Cinnamon), woody (such as Sandalwood and Patchouli), and Green (such as Rosemary and Eucalyptus)
Essential oils in the same family work well together. Citrus oils work well with other citrus for example, and florals with other florals.
Although there are no rules, some families work better with others. Florals work well with citrus and spicy oils for example, and woody oils work well with most others.
As blending is ultimately a matter of personal preference, try holding a couple of bottles in one hand close to your nostrils. This is the best way to help you decide if they work well together. If you are making a blend as a gift, think about what they would like.
Do not use more than three oils in one blend.
Some oils evaporate faster than others. The oils with the most intense but shortest lasting scent are known as top note oils. Base note oils are the slowest to evaporate. The best blends have a mix of top note, middle note, and base note scents. For example Frankincense and Cedarwood oils are base note oils, while Basil and Lime are top notes.
Use a ratio of 3-2-1 once you have found a blend you like: 3 parts top note oil, 2 parts middle notes oil, and 1 part base note.
Blend your essential oils together first, then add your carrier oil
Store your blends correctly in a cool dark place. Pour them into dark amber glass bottles, and use an aromatherapy box. If you want to get really creative then think about naming your blends too. I love my “Stress-Buster” recipe (Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage) and my “Energiser” (Bergamont and Rosemary).
Once you’ve made your blend it’s up to you how to use it, whether you want to use an oil diffuser, or pop a few drops in a hot bath. Enjoy!
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