Tips for Mixing Essential Oils
Blending essential oils is often referred to as an art form. If you were painting, drawing, sculpting, etc., you would likely make well-thought movements. Well, when you blend essential oils the outcome can either be amazing or something you would rather not admit to. One drop can mean the difference between a blend being perfect, mediocre, or ruined. These tips will help.
Get Familiar with Categories
Understanding that oils fall in different categories will come in handy when you are trying to determine if two oils will complement one another. Alternately, you may see a "recipe" for a blend that suggests a "category" as an ingredient instead of an oil, so you will need to know what oils fall in that category. This includes citrus, floral, herbaceous, earth, woods, oriental, spicy, minty, and medicinal. Certain categories blend better with others. Here are a few examples:
- Citrus - floral, minty, oriental, spicy, woodsy
- Oriental - citrus, floral, spicy, woodsy
- Spicy - citrus, floral, oriental, woodsy
- Medicinal - woodsy
- Minty - citrus, herbaceous, earthy, woodsy
- Herbaceous - minty, woodsy
- Earthy - minty, woodsy
- Woodsy - citrus, floral, earthy, herbaceous, spicy, medicinal, minty
- Floral - citrus, spicy, woodsy
When creating a new blend, start with small amounts, such as 10, 15, or 20 drops. You don't want to use more than 25 drops at the most on an experiment. Write down what you are adding and the number of drops or it could be nearly impossible to recreate.
Learning about molecules in science class is finally going to come in handy. Smaller and lighter molecules are more volatile (aromatic) and produce thinner oils (less viscous). Large, heavier molecules are less volatile and more viscous.
You need to know this because molecules that are light and small are absorbed by the body faster. Heavy and large ones take longer to absorb. Heavier oils extend the life of more volatile oils. So, blending light oil with a heavier one allows the light one to last longer.
Essential oils can have a high price tag. So, if you are making blends or even simply mixing with carrier oils, you want to store your creations in containers that will preserve them. Small blending bottles, droppers, reducer caps, pipettes, gloves, cotton balls, or perfume blotters are essentials you should have. Of course as mentioned previously, don't forget pen and paper to write down your blends as you are creating them, so you can recreate one you love later.