Blending your own essential oils does not have to be complicated. With a bit of knowledge and examples, making blends can be easy and fun. Find information about blending essential oils at home with this detailed blog post today!
The first step is to determine the overall scent you want to create. Do you want your scent to be citrusy or woodsy? Herbal or floral? Each scent family will have different properties and create different moods. A citrusy or minty scent will perk up the senses while a woodsy or herbal would calm and balance the system. Your choice of scent family will determine the next step. The second step is to determine the top, middle, and bottom notes of your blend.
Can you blend any essential oils together?
Essential oils have been with us since the early Egyptians. From the earliest recorded texts, fragrant oils and potions have adorned the wealthy and non-wealthy alike. Today, essential oils have enjoyed a boom and we find them in such places as doctor’s offices and on grocery store shelves. Customers are now taking to creating their own blends at home. Blending your own essential oils takes a bit of practice, but with the following information, you should be well on your way to creating customized blends that are helpful and effective.
Which essential oils blend well together?
Essential oils are divided into top, middle, and bottom notes. Every good fragrance will have a combination of all three notes.
Bottom Notes: Bottom notes provide the foundation for your blend and anchor them to the other two notes. They are also known as earthy or woody notes. Bottom notes are the last to develop in the blend and stay the longest on the skin. Common bottom notes are myrrh, pine, and cedarwood.
Middle Notes: Middle notes are the most dominant of your blend. Middle notes tend to last longer than top notes and have to work well with both top and bottom notes. Common middle notes are clary sage, cinnamon, lavender.
Top Notes: Top notes are the first thing you smell when creating a custom blend. These smells are usually sharper than middle or bottom notes and fade fairly quickly. Common top notes are peppermint, lemon, and orange.
Can I mix lavender and peppermint oil?
Yes, you can blend lavender and peppermint oil. While this doesn’t go with the rule of blending a bottom note, middle note, and top note, many people have used a lavender and peppermint essential oil blend to feel relaxed all the while reducing appetite. These versatile essential oils work well when blended together and diffused in your home as an aromatherapy option.
Let’s use an example:
You would like to create a room spray. You want it to be citrusy and a little woody. So, you would begin with a base note. Since we want a bit of woodiness in the blend, we’ll add cedarwood. Next, we need a bridge or middle note. Let’s go with Clary Sage. It’s heavier than other middle notes but still blends well with the top and bottom notes. Our final note will be bright citrus, so we’ll add tangerine.
So, our final blend is:
Tangerine Clary Sage Cedarwood
How many drops of essential oil do you put in a diffuser?
The key to using an oil diffuser is to get a small scent of essential oil in the air. Inhaling essential oils is rather dangerous, so you’ll only need to use a very small amount of essential oils in your diffuser. If your oil diffuser holds about 100ml of water then you can easily put 3-5 drops of essential oil into your oil diffuser safely.
It may take you a while to see which essential oil blends work best in your home as an aromatherapy option for the entire family. Simply try to use some of my examples and mix together each essential oil blend until you seem to have found the right match for you. The best way to blend specific essential oils together to get the most out of your aromatherapy is to learn which essential oils are best for relaxation or other ailments you hope to cure with aromatherapy.