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Make Aromatherapy Blends Based on Plant Part

by Andrea Butje on July 13, 2015

You can make Aromatherapy blends with oils from the same parts of different plants.

What is your usual method for making Aromatherapy blends? What do you usually think about when choosing your essential oils?

The most popular ways to blend are to consider what oils smell good together, and their therapeutic properties. This is a great way to go about it!

But it’s not the only way to make Aromatherapy blends. You can also blend according to what plant parts the oils are made from—like the roots, flowers, or seeds.

Here are a few of the plant parts you can use as guidelines for your blending:

Roots

Roots secure a plant deep in the earth. They hold it in place, and absorb water and nutrients necessary for its survival.

Essential oils that come from plant roots, such as Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides), tend to have very grounding qualities. They tend to be base notes, which give depth to a blend’s aroma. True to the properties of roots, they help balance and ground your energy, and can be very supportive during times of change or anxiety.

Now, imagine the scent of a blend made only of root oils. These Aromatherapy blends can help you feel connected to the earth, and centered in yourself!

aromatherapy blends based on plant partFlowers

Flowers attract pollinators. They show up during times of new growth. They’re warm, inviting, and comforting—which might be why people give each other flowers to show love, friendship, and support.

Essential oils that come from flowers include Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). They can be very comforting during times when we need support, and when we need to relax and feel calm. They can help us connect with ourselves and others, with their soothing and attractive properties.

Take a moment to imagine Aromatherapy blends made only of flower oils. This always makes my heart feel open and my spirit feel light!

FrankincenseResins

The last group I’ll talk about are resin-based oils, like Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). Trees create resins to help heal wounds when something injures their trunks. The resin is rich and healing.

Essential oils distilled from resins have deeper scents. They can bring forth inner strength, and the power of the heart and mind to heal themselves. They’re famous for meditation and protection (protecting yourself or a space). Resins are often highly valued by local people who live in the plant’s region, and blending with these oils helps bring forth valuable parts of your spirit that may be unseen, deep within, so you can benefit from it in your life.

When I imagine resin-based Aromatherapy blends, I immediately feel strengthened with a sense that “everything’s going to be just fine.”

Do you think you will make a few Aromatherapy blends according to plants parts now?

We didn’t talk about all plant parts. For instance, seeds and leaves have different properties. (We cover more plant parts in the online Aromatherapy Certification Course). But this is a good place to start! Enjoy!

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: aromatherapy blending, blending, Essential Oils, plants

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