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Country of Origin and Essential Oil Synergy

by Andrea Butje on January 18, 2010

I find it fascinating to smell and blend with different essential oils that were cultivated in the same country. Despite a wide variety of chemical components, plant families and plant parts—plants that grow in the same region have a distinct synergy with one another.

Essential oil synergy often, but not always, shows up with different plants from the same region.

For example, oils from Nepal have very unique aromas that stand apart from all other oils I know.


The oils from India tend to have softer aromas when compared to the same oil cultivated in another country.

  • Cedarwood (Indian) -- Cedrus deodara
    Earthy, warm, radiant, woody.


The oils from Madagascar have medicinal aromas, which explains why so many Madagascar oils are used for healing.


To take advantage of this special synergy, I create blends using oils that were grown and distilled in the same country.

Nepalese Ease -- to calm anxiety
Spikenard -- 10 drops
Xanthoxylum -- 5 drops
Lemongrass -- 2 drops
Add to a blank inhaler and use often.

Indian Perfume -- exotic and warm
Jasmine -- 5 drops
Lavender -- 3 drops
Sandalwood -- 10 drops
Black Pepper -- 1 drop
Blend into 2 oz (56 gm) of jojoba oil or unscented lotion. I recommend blending into a fresh 2 oz of lotion every few weeks.

Madagascar Steam Blend -- for tightness and congestion
Saro -- 20 drops
Helichrysum bracteiferum -- 10 drops
Ravintsara -- 15 drops
Niaouli ct. 1,8 cineole -- 5 drops
Blend into a small orifice reducer bottle and then use one drop total of the blend in a bowl of steamy hot water. Close your eyes, cover your head with a towel and breathe for a few minutes.

If you are interested in exploring essential oils by their country of origin, we have a fun search tool on Aromatics International. Begin by clicking on an oil that interests you. Then click on the country of origin to view a list of oils from that county. Click on any individual oil to learn more.

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: aromatherapy blending, Aromatherapy Education, medicinal blending

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