How to Blend

Combining several essential oils having complimentary properties creates a synergy, enhancing each oil's therapeutic effect. In addition, it is an art to pick out oils that smell good together and combine them in a pleasing way to make your own perfumes.

Suggested Essential Oil Blending Tools

Eye droppers, orifice reducers, disposable plastic pipettes, brown or blue bottles with tight-fitting caps and perfumers' scent strips.

To make a good synergy, pick out oils that have similar therapeutic values. Because there are so many oils to choose from, pick the oils whose fragrances are most appealing to you or that you feel will combine well. Use intellect and intuition. Take into consideration the desired effect, the fragrance and the intensity of the odor.

Some oils, like Jasmine and Frankincense, are very odor-intensive. Just a small amount will completely overake the blend. The finished scent should have a fragrance of its own. None of the individual scents should predominate but blend together in a pleasing way. Oils like Lavender, Rose Geranium and Grapefruit can create harmony, smoothing out an aromatherapy blend.

For therapeutic purposes, blend two or three (or a maximum of four) essential oils together. Start with the two least odor-intensive essential oils, creating a 50:50 mix. Determine which oil is dominating the smell of the aromatherapy blend. Carefully add the other oil a drop at a time until balance is reached. Then carefully add a drop at a time of a third oil if desired until it has fragranced the blend without dominating it. Shake the bottle to thoroughly blend your creation.

The scent will change over time, so let it sit a couple of days and then smell it again. Getting a really subtle and beautiful synergy takes time and patience. Be sure to write down the number of drops in each blend so it can be duplicated!