How To Blend Essential Oils
Have you been confused about how to blend essential oils? Unsure what really makes sense? While the complexities of essential oils requires that you understand some basic principles in order to achieve the best results of your essential oil blending efforts, it's not all that scary. In fact, at the end of the day, blending essential oils is like painting on a blank canvas. There are certain things you COULD do, but nothing is a must. You can still achieve extraordinary blends with trial and error. However, knowing basic principles might help you save time and money.
The first and most important is understanding the classification of each oil. Essential oils are categorized as either top, middle or base notes, each representing how you experience the oil, for how long and which oil will dominate within the blend. Let's break them down so you can see how their classification matters in your oil selection process.
Base notes: These are the evident and most intense oils, ensuring their presence is unmistakeable. These oils are the longest lasting of the group, tend to be the most expensive and certainly dominate the blend. An example of a base would be Ylang Ylang. Knowing how much of a base note oil to include will dictate its ability to play nice with the other oils. NOTE: You can have more than one base note in a blend. When doing so, be aware that it will typically be strong when diffused. That's why adding the next two notes are crucial for creating a harmonious balance in your blend.
Middle notes: Most of the oils you've enjoyed are likely to fall within the middle notes classification of essential oils. One such oil that is immensely popular would be Lavender. While their fragrance may not be very evident from the get go, they do begin to surface and offer a balance to the blend that is necessary.
Top notes: The oils that you typically will recognize first are likely to be top notes. They are light, gentle and while they are the first oil you smell, they do not last, as the middle and base note oils begin to dominate.
Not understanding this basic principle will cause your oils to compete with one another as opposed to complimenting each other within the blend. What's the point if you put an oil that does little if anything to the overall blend? To avoid lessening the value of all the oils within your blend, understanding their place in the mix will help you experience the most of each oil and get the benefits of the entire blend.
Let's take a look at a well-balanced blend we create at myChoice Aromatherapy:
VIBRANT Essential Oil Blend
- Sweet Orange (Top note) - Experienced first with its soft citrus expressions
- Ylang Ylang (Middle to base note) - The balancer oil, keeping the scent in check
- Patchouli (base note) - The longer lasting oil that also extends the life of the other essential oils.
There are many great resources available today that can aide you in creating "award-winning" blends. While we have aromatherapists to help us master the hand-crafting of essential oil blends, even we've spent tons of time and money to ensure our customers experience the utmost benefit from the air fresheners we produce.
If you're interested in blending, start small by visiting your local natural grocer, sample their essential oils, select a few and start testing your very own. Be patient and always enjoy the journey.