Essential oils have amazing properties and benefits that can be used throughout the day. For example, you can diffuse Wild Orange oil to uplift mood and freshen the air. You can use Lemon oil in a spray bottle of water to clean tables and other surfaces. And you can apply Lavender oil to your feet at night to help you unwind at bedtime.
We know individual essential oils are powerful and potent. However, when you combine two or more essential oils, the characteristics and benefits of the oils increase as they work together to promote wellness. This is called “synergy.” For example:
- Lavender essential oil by itself is soothing, but when combined with other calming essential oils, such as Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile in doTERRA’s Serenity® Blend, the soothing properties of Lavender are increased and enhanced.
- Lemon essential oil by itself is very uplifting and energizing when diffused. Blend Lemon oil with other citrus oils like Grapefruit, Lime, or Bergamot can enhance the effect and help improve mood.
Essential oil blends are created to build upon the qualities of individual essential oils and make them even better. It’s like a team working together to accomplish a specific goal.
Essential Oil Blends
Scientists do a lot of research when creating essential oil blends. Some factors they consider include:
- The desired effect of the essential oil blend.
- How the essential oil blend will be used.
- The chemistry of different essential oils.
- The aromatic profile of each oil.
By keeping all of this in mind, scientists are able to make essential oil blends that benefit us all.
Creating Your Essential Oil Blend
It’s easy to create your own blend. To get started, download this worksheet for detailed steps in creating your own essential oil blend.
There are some things to consider before starting. The first, and most basic question to ask when creating an essential oil blend, is what do you want the blend to do? If you don’t know the purpose of the oil blend, you won’t know which essential oils to include. You may want to create a person essential oil blend that helps you focus. It could be a blend to help keep you energized at work. Maybe you want a blend to help you relax after a busy day. It could even be an oil blend that just smells good and is uplifting. Whatever you decide, once you’ve defined what the blend should do, you can start selecting the oils you want to use.
Using Your Essential Oil Blend
Next, how do you want to use the blend? Aromatically with a diffuser, or a blend to apply topically? If you want a blend to apply topically, you may want to avoid citrus oils because they can cause photosensitivity. If you want a blend to use aromatically, you probably don’t want to include Fractionated Coconut Oil because it isn’t designed to be diffused.
You will also want to ask yourself who you want using your oil blend. If you’re making an oil blend for children, you’ll want to use gentler oils because children’s skin can be more sensitive. If you’re making an oil blend as a scent for men, woody oils would be more appropriate to use.
Essential Oil Blend Chemistry
Once you’ve determined how you want to use your oil blend, you next need to consider the chemistry of the oils you should use. The chemistry of an essential oil tells us which molecules an essential oil contains. Molecules are tiny particles found in essential oils that give the oil its characteristics.
Molecules have been researched and tested by scientists to determine what they do and how they act in the body. Knowing what molecules an oil contains and the effects those molecules have helps you develop a blend that accomplishes what you want it to. For example, Lavender contains esters, a type of molecule that is known to be calming, making Lavender the perfect addition to a relaxing blend.
Essential Oil Chemistry Wheel
For ideas of what molecules an essential oil contains and the characteristics they provide, download the doTERRA® Oil Chemistry Wheel. The oils on the Chemistry Wheel are grouped according to shared key properties. These key properties provide a starting point for understanding how to use the oils in general as well as blending.
There are actually two wheels, each with two sides. The first wheel gives information on oils high in monoterpenes (oils that have a 10-carbon backbone). One side of the monoterpene wheel describes oils with lifting properties, and the other side presents oils with leveling properties.
The second Oil Chemistry Wheel contains information about oils high in sesquiterpenes (oils that have a 15-carbon backbone) on one side, with a legend on the opposite side. In each of the chemistry wheels, the oils are further organized by functional group, with the top one or two chemical constituents listed under each oil.
Essential Oil Blend Aroma Profile
Now that you know which essential oils will help you accomplish the purpose of your blend, you can start blending essential oils. As you combine different essential oils, keep in mind the aroma or scent of the blend you’re creating. The first consideration should be the aroma of the blend. It should have a pleasant smell. Most people don’t want to use something that smells “funny.”
Next, make sure that the smell is balanced. When you make a blend, you want to make sure that you can’t smell too much of one oil. Instead, the oils should work together and complement each other when creating a new scent.
Your Own Essential Oil Blend
Creating an essential oil blend is a carefully planned out process that involves multiple steps. Scientists thoroughly consider what the blend is meant to do, how it is supposed to be used, the chemistry of each oil used, and the overall aroma of the blend.
With each of these factors in mind, scientists are able to develop essential oil blends that build on the individual essential oils they contain. This enhances the unique characteristics of each essential oil in order to make a uniquely beneficial blend that promotes wellness in a new way.
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