Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Art and Science of Blending Essential Oils

Whether you are looking to make a blend to diffuse, ingest or apply topically, there are a few important things to know. 

I often think of my essential oil drawer as the corner apothecary located in my kitchen. I would love to mix oils and try out new things, but honestly, I'm a bit afraid! Like many of you, I have a limited budget for purchasing oils and want to steward that budget well.

I'm sure you feel the same. And while blending oils may not blow up your home essential oil lab, it may blow up the budget AND not smell good in the end.

"Synergy" is the word I kept seeing in my research and according to Merriam-Webster, it means
"a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources or efforts)"
With essential oils, there is a synergy that takes one good oils blended with another good oil and makes a powerful blend which is more effective with less than the single oil was with more. Isn't that great news?!

Use caution though, a site stated that a blend of too many oils can be counter productive. So take care when creating your blend.

Blending Essential Oils

First, do your research on the oils that fit your need.

You don't have to use every oil in your supply. Use a few you have on hand that seem to target the problem or wait and use this as a list of what you need on your next oil order. 

Next, follow this handy guide in making your blend:

(click on image to download PDF)

Because oils react differently when added in different orders, start with the Personifiers, then add Enhancers, Equalizers and Modifiers in that order.

I have a daughter who would look at this picture and decide she could never blend oils because of the percentages for each category. She has a mother who loves math and loves to help her with math and I'm the same one who doesn't want you to walk away either. So here's a practical application:

Citrus Pep blend: 

Peppermint (Personifier: 1-5%)  1 drop
Wild Orange & Lemon (Enhancers: 50-80%)  3 drops each
Lavender (Equalizer: 10-15%; Modifier: 5-8%) 3 drops

To diffuse: Use 5 drops of blend
For a roller blend: Use 4 drops of blend in a 10 mL roller bottle and fill remainder of bottle with fractionated coconut oil.

You will find some oils just smell better mixed with others, but some can blends put on a real good "stank" as some say where I'm from!

Generally, you have these scent categories:
  • Floral (lavender, geranium, jasmine, rose)
  • Citrus (lemon, grapefruit, wild orange, bergamot)
  • Woodsy (cedarwood, rosewood, patchouli, sandalwood)
  • Spicy (clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper)
  • Green (peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary)
As a rule of thumb oils within the same scent category blend well together. Additionally, these combinations work well:
  • Floral and Citrus
  • Floral and Woody
  • Citrus and Spicy
  • Citrus and Green

Now, have fun creating blends and share your great finds!

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  1. thank you sooooooo much, I have failed horribly at blending my EOs!

    1. Lisa,

      You are welcome! I hope this helps as you try, try again!


  2. Thanks for this! I talked about Synergy Blends with Nature's Gift yesterday :)

    1. I'll bet that was an enlightening conversation! You'll have to share :)

  3. I'm so glad I talked you into putting that PRINT button on these. LOL :)

  4. thanks for the recipe because when I saw the bottle I was thinking you have to use alot of oil

  5. If you have more recipes, especially one for pain please post, also calming, sleeping, more on energy, immune support, I have fibromyalgia, and I'm trying to take a more natural approach to treating symptoms. I'm new to essential oils but after using lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tea tree on my grandsons feet (I'm raising 3 of my grandkids ages 3, 10, 12) when they were sick and they slept better because they could breathe, and used some myself I was sold. I just am never how much each to use, I also am on a limited budget and am going to try making my own oils and blends, and can use all help I can get, trying to sift through all the info on the internet takes so much time and I'm staying up way past my bedtime doing it. Thanks in advance Lori Powell.

    1. Lori, as I'm not an aromatherapist, I am not qualified to make these recommendations for you. However, I do feel the need to warn you with the use of eucalyptus and small children. Here is a recent blog post where I share sites I recommend getting information on essential oils and their uses: