When you are beginning to gather a collection of oils you may want to start making blends to address certain issues. There are many ways to approach blending and I’ll share a few of my favorites with you through these posts.
First, it’s a good idea to keep things simple. Begin with 3-5 single oils as you are learning.
You can use a variety of carrier oils including olive oil, apricot oil, jojoba, coconut oil etc. The oils that have their own aromas’, for example, olive oil and coconut oil, may require slightly higher percentages of essential oil to balance the essential aroma with the carrier aroma.
So, to begin, we consider three layers to the oil blend:
1. The core oil represents the core issue you’ve decided needs attention. If you have multiple challenges you aren’t alone, however, it’s easiest to focus on one challenge at a time. You’ll choose your core oil based on the individual properties of the essential oils (and qualities of the carrier oils if you’d like to take those into consideration) and their relationship with the symptoms and signs you may be dealing with.For example, if you are struggling with chronic pain that seems to lead to difficulty sleeping, you might look into oils that have anti-inflammatory and stress relieving properties: lavender, helichrysum, basil, bergamot, and cedarwood are examples of these. Once you’ve found oils that may be able to talk to the issue, then choose what you’re attracted to aromatically.
Keep in mind that If you don’t like the smell of something you’re unlikely to use it.
2. Next choose an essential oil that compliments the core oil. Some aromatherapist’s call this oil the enhancer. It can be your second runner up from the previous group. Or, maybe you feel your inflammation is stress related so you choose a stress reducing oil. Lavender, bergamot and cedarwood are good choices from the above list. Each of these oils have anti-inflammatory properties as well as calming properties for the nervous system.
3. Finally, we can choose a harmonizer oil. This oil can bring your blend together aromatically. You can choose this oil purely for the aroma if you like. This is the oil that can bring the others you’ve chosen into a cohesive aroma.
A lovely blend with the oils mentioned above could be, lavender, cedarwood and bergamot.
You can use the dilution chart in the previous message to begin putting your blends together.
Here are some other suggestions for musculoskeletal pain and fatigue:
bergamot, black pepper, roman chamomile, ginger, helichrysum (one of my favorite oils), lavender, sweet marjoram, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vetiver and ylang ylang.
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