How To Blend Essential Oils: 4 Quick & Easy Oil Blend Recipes
Essential Oils are great for aromatherapy, lifting the spirits and balancing emotions. With Young Living we have dozens of essential oils, but did you know there is a difference between oil blends and single oils? In addition to categorizing the oils by their aromatic fragrance, oils are first grouped into single oils and oil blends. Single essential oils are oils that have not been combined or diluted with another oil. Essential oil blends are defined as oils that have been combined with one or more oils to deliver a desired benefit.
For instance, Lavender is a single essential oil, it is the pure essence of the lavender plant. However, Valor, an essential oil blend produced by Young Living, contains the single oils of spruce, blue tansy, frankincense and rosewood. When these oils are combined together, they help boost confidence and counter negative emotions. Let’s look at a few everyday essential oils like lavender, lemon, peppermint and frankincense – the single oils that are included in the Everyday Essential Oils premium – and see how easy it is to create your own essential oil blends for emotional, therapeutic and home care benefits.
Creating Your Own Essential Oils Blends
For a Quick Pick Me Up: Peppermint + Lemon
Peppermint and lemon work well together to lift the senses and brighten your mood.
For Meditation & Mindfulness: Frankincense + Lavender
Frankincense and the calming nature of lavender are perfect for balancing the mood and allowing your mind to relax while maintaining focus.
For Fresh Smelling Dishes or Laundry: Lavender + Lemon
Drop 10-12 drops of this blend into a load of laundry or 8-10 drops in your dishwater for deodorizing and cleansing your laundry and dishes.
For The Best Lemonade Ever: Lavender + Lemon
Yes, I know, I used lavender and lemon twice. That’s because these oils are so versatile, you can pretty much use them everywhere, including in your food. Add 6-8 drops of lemon and 2-3 drops of lavender to a whole gallon of lemonade. Reduce or add more to taste. Not only are these two oils versatile, they’re also fairly potent when used in food and drinks, so use sparingly.
Some Tips For Blending Essential Oils
- Notice how I’ve combined the “pick-me-up” or brighter oils together and the more calming oils together for therapeutic benefits. You’ll want to consider that when you’re making your own blends. For example, if you’re trying to relax, you wouldn’t want to use lemon or peppermint. Making your own blends can be fun and you can experiment to create the aroma you’re looking for.
- Only blend oils in a dark, glass container (an empty oil bottle works great).
- Start with a few drops at a time. Blending oils add to their potency – don’t over do it.
- Try to balance the aroma of each oil by using more of one than another, adjusting until you get a pleasing smell.
- Let your oil blends rest for a few hours when you combine them to give each oil time to blend together.
- If applying topically, test a small area of skin for irritation.
- Dilute your oil blends with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil or Young Living’s V-6 oil so they are not as potent and they last longer.
Well, which creations will you try?