Greetings and welcome to the essential oil blends recipes guide. Please check out the Essential Oils to Avoid. Aromatherapy 101. Incense Sticks? post for more information. Essential oils have been used for healing for over 5000 years, helping repair the body, holistically, both social and mental factors and also physical conditions. Treated as sacred to some, essential oils are derived from the richest and deepest parts of the plant kingdom giving pure, non-invasive relief with their own unique healing properties.
How to Apply Essential Oils Properly
Although essential oils are a gentle and natural method that can help combat mental fatigue, stress, muscle aches and other physical conditions, they are also very powerful and must be used correctly.
Once you have purchased the perfect essential oils for your condition, it is important to know how to use them. If used in the wrong direction, they may have a negative effect and make you feel frustrated. If applied improperly, they can even cause harm.
First, using undiluted essential oils directly on the skin will harm rather than help the skin condition. Essential oils are applied directly to the skin, sometimes leaving rashes or burns. Essential oils are an effective solution to many problems, but if used improperly, applying them directly to the skin can cause pain.
Diluting essential oils with cream or non-greasy oils can prevent it from having a strong effect on your skin. Like many creams or lotions, applying essential oils directly to the skin can cause overdose. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the skin. If the oil you use is undiluted, it may lead to overdose, which can lead to rashes, irritation or rashes.
It is also important not to overexpose to the sun, especially if you accidentally use too much sun. Essential oils and sunlight can cause adverse effects.
Although essential oils are natural extracts of plants and trees, they are also powerful therapeutic agents.
It is important to keep them out of the reach of children. Applying undiluted essential oils to children’s skin can be dangerous and leave a very painful rash.
If swallowed, it can be fatal to children and caregivers should contact emergency medical personnel immediately. When applying essential oils, be sure to keep them away from your eyes, nose or ears.
Oil should not be ingested or allowed to enter the body. Keeping essential oils away from body openings can ensure your overall health and eliminate the possibility of overdose. You may even want to wear latex gloves to prevent them from being improperly absorbed by your fingers.
Never eat essential oils.
If they are ingested, they can be harmful or even fatal.
After using essential oils, do not enter the solarium or tan in the sun. Some oils are very sensitive to sunlight. Citrus oils in particular fall into this category.
The popular citrus oils to avoid sun exposure after use are bergamont oil and grapefruit oil. Before you fully use essential oils, be sure to test them on a very small area of your skin.
This includes essential oils that you can use in aromatherapy. Tap a little on your arm and observe any reaction within 24 hours. To use essential oil as a cream, dilute the essential oil in vegetable oil and apply it to the skin. Observe any reaction for twenty-four hours to ensure that topical use is safe.
Finally, excessive use of essential oils can cause dizziness, headaches, or other side effects. If you think you accidentally overdose any essential oils, be sure to seek medical treatment immediately.
Although most essential oils have therapeutic effects, using them safely is important to your safety and health.
Please don’t take these tables as gospel. Consult your doctor if planning to try something new.
Tips for Blending
- Use organic essential oils and organic carrier oils
- Limit the amount of essential oils in your blend to around 3 – 4 when first staring out
- Have a clear intention of what the blend is going to be used for
- If making a fragrance blend, a good way to start is to have a top note, middle and base note. It’s not set in stone, but it’s a good place to start.
- It good to keep a record somewhere of your blends and the details about it, so you can come back to it if you want to replicate it again.
- One drop at a time
- It’s a lot more fun to make your own blends and to really hone in and feel your intuition and inner healing wisdom. There are definitely some beautiful pre-made blends out there, but you should really give making your own blends a go.
How Many Drops of Essential Oils to put into a Diffuser
Essential oils intended for massage need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Cold pressed natural base oils work best, like almond, peach, grapeseed or apricot kernal. Cold pressed oils are advantageous as they are rich in nutrients like vitamins A, D and E, which your body can absorb through your skin on contact.
Although it is most common to use unscented carrier oils, there is good combinations of carrier oils with a scent like coconut oil, which works really well with rose and ylang-ylang essential oils.
The coconut oil has to be heated up slightly in a bowl of warm water as it is solid at room temperature, but it does melt on skin contact.
A sesame carrier oil works well with bergamont or lemon essential oils.
An olive carrier oil works well with rosemary and/or lavender essential oils.
Here is a list of some carrier oils:
- Sweet almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Jojoba oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Carrot seed oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Virgin cold pressed olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Sunflower oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Wheatgerm oil
- olive oil
- Borage seed oil
- Pomegranate oil
- Safflower Oil
- Fractionated coconut oil
The best way to go about finding your favorite oils is to test them and find one or two you enjoy the most. I personally like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil. Make sure you go with organic pure carrier oils.
Dilution Charts for Carrier Oils & Essential Oils
Essential Oil Notes
The idea of “notes” comes from the scent scale originating in George William Septimus Piesse ‘The Art of Perfumery’.
From the scale there are three note categories: Base, middle and top. A beautifully balanced fragrant combination can work wonders for healing on every level. Just like in music, when the right notes are mixed in harmony they can accent and complement each other.
Please note (no pun intended), there are other essential oils that make up the ‘notes’ that aren’t on the tables (below) yet.
There are a few essential oils that fall between top, middle and base. Top-middle for example, basil and fennel are two essential oils that fall into this category. For middle-base representation, there is clary sage, rose and ylang ylang.
Top Note – 5 – 20% of the blend
Top-Middle – 20 – 80% of the blend
Middle Note – 50 – 80% of the blend
Middle-Base – 20 – 80% of the blend
Base Note – 5 – 20% of the blend
Top notes usually evaporate the quickest and give the first impression of the blend you are making. They tend to be crisp, light and incisive.
The main body of the blend. Mostly used to harmonize the mixture by softening and rounding out the fragrance. Note to self, need to add lavender to list. 🙂
On the down low, these essential oils aren’t really noticeable until several minutes after use, growing in pleasantness, giving depth to the mixture.
Essential Oil Blends Recipes
Here is a list of common essential oils and the other essential oils that go with them
- Bergamont – Most essences – especially lavender, chamomile, juniper, frankincense, ylang ylang
- Clary Sage – Cypress, petitgrain, juniper, neroli, citrus oils
- Cedarwood – Petitgran, neroli, juniper, cypress
- Coriander – Neroli, citrus oils, ginger, cypress
- Eucalyptus – Cypress, pine, lavender, lemon
- Frankincense – Citrus oils, sandalwood, neroli, rose, myrhh, lavender
- Geranium – Most essences, especially lavender, neroli, citrus, petitgran, juniper
- Lavender – Most essences especially chamomile, ylang-ylang, marjoram, juniper, fennel
- Juniper – Citrus oils, geranium, lavender, cypress, rosemary
- Rosemary – Frankincense, herbal oils, cedarwood
- Sandalwood – Most essences especially neroli, ylang ylang and rose
- Orange – Ginger, coriander, frankincense
- Patchouli – Geranium, bergamont, lavender, myrhh, pine, rose, ginger, neroli,
- Pine (Scots) – Patchouli, rosemary, cedarwood
- Ylang-ylang – Most essences especially lemon, bergamont, sandalwood, patchouli
- Peppermint – Rosemary, lavender
- Petitgrain – Cheaper version of, or similar to neroli where the same scent is needed
- Lemon – Ginger, neroli, frankincense, bergamont, ylang ylang, chamomile, neroli, petitgrain
- Myrhh – Frankincense, cedarwood, patchouli, coriander, ginger, sandalwood
- Rose otto – Most essences especially clary sage, sandalwood, frankincense, patchouli
- Cypress – Bergamont, juniper, pine, sandalwood, clary sage
- Neroli – Chamomile, citrus oils, frankincense, lavender, cedarwood, sandalwood, rose
- Tea Tree – Pine, lavender, lemon
- Basil – Coriander, petitgrain, bergamont, geranium
- Fennel (sweet) – Sandalwood, geranium, lavender, lemon
- Ginger – Patchouli, citrus oils, coriander
- Marjoram (sweet) – Bergamont, rosemary, lavender
- Roman chamomile – Neroli, petitgrain, lemon, patchouli, bergamont, rose, lavender
Essential Oils For Sleeping
A good night’s sleep is important to your body and mind.
By restricting sleep, you will eventually harm your body and cause you to lose energy quickly. Stress levels also increase with lack of sleep, which makes it more difficult to deal with the confrontations and interactions with people throughout the day.
The use of essential oils through aromatherapy can help you stay calm, reduce the stress of the day, and help you sleep well and refresh you. Stress can seriously affect good sleep. Restless sleep will increase the chance of further stress and will eventually damage your immune system and make you vulnerable to illness.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy can help you relax at night and sleep better. A good night’s sleep is like recharging the body to make the next day more efficient. Poor sleeping habits cannot effectively relieve stress and damage your body and mind. Some people think that getting enough sleep is important.
What matters is not the amount of sleep you need, but the most important amount of efficient sleep. Six to seven hours of sleep is important for your body to replenish the energy levels it loses from a day’s activities.
However, 6 hours of good quality sleep is far better than 10 hours of poor quality and restless sleep. The essential oils used in aromatherapy can help you fully relax and promote your ability to enter deep sleep, so your dream is complete.
Effectively replenish body energy. When you wake up the next morning, you will notice the difference and feel fully rejuvenated from the previous day. There are several essential oils that can help you sleep well.
The most relaxing of all essential oils are bergamot, sage and sandalwood. Although each has its own beneficial effects, combining the three will produce the best results for your body and mind.
15 Easy Sleep Blends
Of course everybody has different opinions on taste, these are a rough guideline and may need tweaking to suit your tastes .
Here are a few blend ideas for a good nights rest.
- 3 Drops of chamomile, 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of Coconut
- 3 Drops of lavender, 2 drops of frankincense
- 4 Drops of marjoram, 5 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rosemary
- 2 Drops of frankincense, 2 drops of wild orange, 1 drop of vetiver
- 3 Drops of lavender, 2 drops of bergamont, 1 drop of cedarwood, 1 drop of vetiver
- Simply diffuse a few drops of sandalwood before bed to de-stress and relax
- Diffusing a few drops of vetiver can help dispel irritability and insomnia
- To freshen your sheets, put 2 cups of spring water into a spray bottle with 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 15 drops of marjoram essential oil. Spritz onto sheets and pillow case for a more restful sleep.
- To help with insomnia caused by stress, place 4 drops of geranium essential oil on a cotton ball or tissue and place inside pillow slip. Alternatively, use 2-3 drops of geranium essential oil in a diffuser.
- Diffuse 4-5 drops of melissa essential oil and inhale deeply 5 times. This will help you experience calm and get a better nights sleep.
- Diffuse 4-5 drops of spikenard essential oil to relieve the nervous system and bring calm
- Blend 3 drops cedarwood essential oil with 3 drops of dill essential oil into one tablespoon of carrier oil. Massage into the back of the neck and shoulder area. Another option is to diffuse the blend without the carrier oil 30 minutes before bed.
- To help with insomnia place 10 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil, 5 drops of clary sage essential oil, 5 drops of bergamont essential oil. Use 1-2 drops on a cotton ball or tissue and place in pillow.
- Another insomnia blend – 5 drops of lavender, 2 drops of bergamont, 1 drop of Roman chamomile. Use 1-2 drops on a cotton ball or tissue and place in pillow.
- 2 Drops of Roman chamomile essential oil, 1 drop of clary sage essential oil, 1 drop of bergamont essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Place in a diffuser. You can use 2 drops of carrier oil with it, if it won’t clog your diffuser.
Essential Oils to Help With Anxiety
People of any age can have terrible symptoms due to anxiety. Anxiety can take many forms, including social interactions, panic attacks, or simply being unable to cope with the stress and busy schedule of a busy workday.
Anxiety increases heart rate, causes mental fatigue, and is generally harmful to physical health. Some people choose to see a therapist and use drugs or other chemicals to help get rid of daily anxiety.
Some of these drugs have unknown side effects and may cause future health problems. The essential oils in aromatherapy are a natural way to relax, help relieve stress, calm nerves and help you sleep better at night.
Anxiety can come from many places in our lives. A work environment with strict deadlines can breed anxiety, stress, and mental fatigue. Anxiety in these places can cause you to lose concentration with declining work efficiency.
It will make you sick more often than usual and eventually cause you to possibly lose your current job.
Essential oils can help you calm and relax negative effects and help you reduce worries so using aromatherapy can help you stay strong and relieve the stress of the day. If you find yourself paralyzed by the anxiety of work, school or family life, trying essential oils can lift your spirits and help you fight back. You can regain control of your emotions without the need for drugs or chemicals.
Medications used to treat mental problems can cloud your thoughts and negatively affect your personality. Essential oils are a natural way to help fight the anxiety and stress that bothers you. Putting a few drops of essential oils into a diffuser can help you clear cloudy behavior.
The following essential oils are a good way to eliminate stress and anxiety in life.
Bergamot, cedarwood and lavender are three essential oils, amongst others, which are important for the elimination of anxiety.
They can be used alone to achieve their respective benefits, but it is recommended to use them in combination. Used in combination, essential oils can provide an effective solution to debilitating anxiety and daily stress.
Bergamot is a refreshing essential oil. It is extracted from the peel of the fruit, and its citrus aroma can help you become mentally clear and get rid of negative thoughts. It helps balance your emotions and allows you to focus on important things.
Cedarwood is a calming essential oil that helps reduce your physical and mental stress. This oil is extracted from the Virginia cedar tree, so its fragrance is woody and refreshing.
French lavender is one of the most popular floral fragrances that can revitalize your mind. Originated from France, this perfume has long been considered a healing perfume. It can relieve your mental pressure and even relieve muscle soreness.
Essential Oil Blends For Anxiety
10-15 drops of lemon essential oil in you bath water for effective relief of stress and anxiety. Try to soak for around 15 min. Adding a couple of drops of lavender essential oil can enhance the anxiety relieving properties.
Use bergamont in a diffuser or inhale, to lift a dark mood and help reduce anxiety.
Use rose essential oil in a diffuser, or inhaled can help calm an anxious mind
Use 3 -4 drops of nerloli essential oil in a diffuser to alleviate anxiety
Inhaled over steam or diffused, marjoram can be beneficial for anxiety relief. Close your eyes to avoid irritation
Using 4 drops of melissa essential oil in a diffuser can bring calm over the room
To make an anti-anxiety bath, use 0.25 of a cup of Epsom salts, 4 drops of palo santo essential oil, 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of neroli essential oil. Add to the bath and enjoy!
I love mixing essential oils and as my collection and knowledge grows, the joy of finding new blends can be very rewarding.
Please share any blends you like or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
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