Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils
Simple tips for blending essential oils
There are so many options for mixing your own aromatherapy oils that it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices.
Not to worry - with these simple tips for mixing aromatherapy oils, you can quickly learn how to blend essential oils and then... Confidently begin blending essential oil lotions and potions for any mood or moment.
Get Into Groups
Here's a helpful starting point for mixing your own aromatherapy oils. One way to think about essential oils is by organizing them into Scent Groups:
Knowing your basic groups can help guide you in mixing essential oils.
- Floral - such as lavender, geranium, jasmine and rose
- Citrus - such as lemon, grapefruit, orange and bergamot
- Spicy - such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pepper
- Woody - such as cedarwood, rosewood, patchouli and sandalwood
- Green (or Herbaceous) - such as peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus and rosemary
Citrus oils generally blend well with spicy oils. Citrus and floral also often work well together.
Woody and floral is usually a good combination, and green and citrus are good too.
There are two more ways to classify essential oils using different types of categories: Energetic Effect and "Notes". Learn more about them in my new eBook, 6 Secrets for Mixing Essential Oils.
Buying a Starter Set of Essential Oils
Here's some links to help you buy your first oils, based on Valerie Ann Worwood's suggestions in
The Complete Book of Essential Oils. Happy blending!
Or try a sample size
for an easy, inexpensive way to begin.
Start by buying one or two essential oils from each scent group.
For instance, you could begin with lavender, bergamot, cinnamon, cedarwood or pine and peppermint or tea tree.
Then try adding rose geranium (smells more flowery than regular geranium) or ylang ylang, lemon,
orange or grapefruit, sandalwood or patchouli and eucalyptus or rosemary.
Pick more essential oils from the groups with the scents you prefer.
Grow your collection slowly, adding essential oils as you come up with new ideas for mixing your own aromatherapy oils.
If this all seems a bit overwhelming, simply buy a starter kit - the oils are chosen for you, and they often come in smaller sizes so you don't have to commit to paying for full-sized bottles before you know what you really like.
Mountain Rose Herbs has a few nice kits available. A good first choice is their
"Classic" Sampler Kit with Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tea Tree. Easy!
In the 6 Secrets eBook, you'll learn why you need to consider essential oil quality - and how to find out the quality of a brand.
Stick With Simple
Mixing your own aromatherapy oils can be as simple as sprinkling lavender and lemon on a dusting cloth. Or adding a few drops of geranium and bergamot to a warm bath at night. It doesn't have to be rocket science.
Try these ideas for blending essential oils in your everyday life:
- Add 5 to 10 drops each lemon and lavender to your unscented laundry detergent for sweet-smelling clothes.
(Using fabric softener or dryer sheets will cover up the aroma - replace the fabric softener with white vinegar and hang your laundry outside to dry.)
- Make your own essential oil bath or body blend by combining three drops of your three favorite essential oils in two tablespoons of oil. (Plain vegetable oil will work, but grapeseed, apricot kernel and jojoba are nicer.) Use the blend as a body oil, bath oil or massage oil.
- Create a refreshing room spray: Boil some water and let it cool. Pour it into a spray bottle and add 5 drops each lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus. Coincidentally, this aromatherapy recipe is also a disinfectant. Perfect for sickrooms!
Learn about the Rule of Three in the 6 Secrets eBook, and get blending ideas for Bath Salts, Massage Oil, Lotion, Shampoo & Conditioner, Hand Soap and Carpet Freshener. Plus 12 pages of health problems and the correct oils to care for them.
Be Sensible About Safety
Each essential oil has its own particular properties, not only in terms of scent, but also in terms of therapeutic effect and safety considerations.
It's good to learn at least the basic safety information.
Some essential oils are skin irritants (cinnamon and thyme, for example.)
Most of the citrus oils are photo-toxic, which means you can get sunburned if you're exposed to sunlight after applying them to your skin.
And did you know that too much lavender can be stimulating rather than relaxing?
Or that sandalwood, patchouli and frankincense are among a whole list of oils that are exceptionally healing to the skin?
There's a whole world of interesting essential oil facts out there, and part of the fun of mixing your own aromatherapy oils is learning what they're good for. Take the time to enjoy the research!
The 6 Secrets eBook includes safety information for 34 of the most popular essential oils.
Secret #6: Follow Your Nose!
In the end, it boils down to you. What do you like? What does your nose tell you is a good combination for blending essential oils? Or a bad one?
Your mood, your hormones, even the time of year can affect how you feel about a certain aromatherapy blend on any given day.
Trust yourself! If you've learned some basic safety and therapeutic guidelines, you can't go too far wrong.
Benefits of Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils
Every time you use your aromatherapy blend, you're boosting your immune system, balancing your nervous system and generally improving your health.
Click here to learn more about how aromatherapy works.
That's what makes the world of mixing your own aromatherapy oils so exciting - every day you can try something new, and it will always be good for you.
Because every oil is part of earth's gift to us.
Learn more about mixing your own aromatherapy oils by reading the 6 Secrets for Mixing Essential Oils eBook. Then jump in! These links are another easy way to begin your essential oil adventure.
More on Mixing Essential Oils
Bath Salt Recipes
Massage Oil Recipes
Essential Oil Use Chart
Essential Oil Profiles
Aromatherapy for Beginners - 5 Oils Toolkit
Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils
Or look for recipes with a certain essential oil in them by using the search box below.
Lavender for example... Simply type in "lavender" (without the quotes) and hit Search.
Every page on this website that includes the word Lavender will pop up. Poke through them and decide what recipe you want to try first. Have fun!