We all know that diffusing essential oils can be beneficial and we also know what to expect in terms of scent, once we become familiar with a particular oil. However, what happens when we want to experience an array of benefits from our essential oil experience? We turn to blending.
Blending essential oils is an art. It requires a delicate balance to ensure the right mix of very carefully selected oils that will deliver both the right scent and a range of benefits.
Let's take a quick look at the popular Thieves Blend
Thieves contains Eucalyptus, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon and Rosemary essential oils. This blend was created by France in the 17th century to combat the deadly Black Plague. Today, its highly regarded as a means to purify the air and help reduce the spread of the Flu.
When you look closely at each of the oils presented in Thieves, you begin to realize how it could be effective in unity far more than each oil diffused independently.
The same is true for any blend. The challenge for blenders, however, is finding that sweet spot that ensures a pleasant and effective diffusion. This is done through understanding the volatility and strength of each oil and as well as a tremendous amount of testing. Another key factor is knowing whether an oil is a base, middle or top note. Base is the foundation of a blend, which lasts the longest but is the last to surface into the scent. The top note diffuses first and often fades fastest. The middle note, such as Lavender, is pronounced and lingers extensively.
Creating a blend that balances the notes advantageously and ensures a pleasant breathing experience is something we love to do. If you'd like to try your own, be sure to include a base, middle and top note so you can experience the range of the process and benefit from each diffusion phase.