Before you set out on your very own essential oil blending adventure there are a few things that you need to know. Blending essential oils is not done solely for aromatherapy. There are several considerations you must take into account when you start to blend oils.
Are you looking to blend a therapeutic essential oil concoction? Or are you blending something simply for its aromatic qualities? These are some of the essential questions you ask before you begin to blend your essential oils.
Step One: Choosing the Oils Purpose
When setting out to blend essential oils the first thing you must consider is the purpose of your essential oil blend. If you are blending a relaxation spray for your restless child, your oils and methodology will be quite different than if you’re blending oils for a cooling facemask. Carefully consider the purpose of your essential oil blend before you begin to make a list of possible essential oils.
Growing Up Herbal recommends that you ask six basic questions when choosing what purpose your essential oil blend will have.
1. What is the essential blend for?
2. What effect do I want the essential oil blend to have?
3. When will the essential oil be used?
4. Where will the essential oil be used?
5. Why is this blend needed?
6. How will it be applied?
This important legwork will stop you from buying unnecessary oils or creating something that isn’t useful for yourself or your client.
Step Two: Selecting Oils
Once you have a refined idea of your oil blend’s purpose you can begin to compile a list of essential oils that will help fill that purpose. If you don’t have an in-depth knowledge of essential oils this is where research is going to come in handy. Be sure to verify your sources, as many times, people write about essential oils when they have little to no knowledge of their properties or purpose.
If you find information about an essential oil, make sure there are other websites that validate that information. Trust the source that your information is coming from, if the website seems like it is all opinion and little fact it may not be the best source for you to use during your research.
Step Three: Smell Test
The American College of health sciences offers a detailed step-by-step process for blending essential oils. One of the essential steps that are recommended is a smell test (organoleptic test).
This is where you place one drop of any oil you are considering in a blend on a perfume test strip and inhale the scent.
You want to take notes about the fragrance that you created. How it makes you feel, any sensations you experience and any colors or tastes that can be associated with the aroma should be written down.
After you’ve written your thoughts, allow the essential oil to evaporate for about 20 minutes. Clear your olfactory senses by smelling coffee grounds and then smell the test strip again. How long did the fragrance last? Is it the same as the initial aroma? These notes will help you when you decide how much of each essential oil to include.
Step Four: Choose Your Ratios
The final step is to choose the ratios of essential oils you would like to blend together. If you’re looking for strong citrus smells you’re probably creating an energizing blend. However, things like lavender and chamomile combined are going to create a more relaxing blend.
Remember that the stronger aromas should have fewer drops if they do not need to be the predominant fragrance. This is especially true if you are adding them for their therapeutic properties rather than their fragrance properties. It is also one of the reasons it was so important to perform the smell test.
It may take some practice to pinpoint the ratios of essential oils to include into a blend. This is something that will be unique to you, your needs, or your client’s needs. With practice, you will easily be able to tell exactly how much of what essential oil you will need to include for your customized blend.