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Essential Oil Techniques: Blending Based on Plant Part

Essential Oil Techniques: Blending Based on Plant Part

Manage your emotions by blending based on plant part.

Have you ever made an aromatherapy blend based on what plant part the essential oils come from?

For example, a blend made of oils entirely extracted from fruits? Or seeds? Or flowers?

It’s a creative way to make some powerful blends! 

I like blending based on plant part when I’m using oils for emotional support. I think of the plant as carrying a specific type of energy in its different parts—the roots are stabilizing, the flowers are alluring and expressive, and so on.

Blending based on plant part: woods & fruits!

This recipe is a moisturizing body oil made with oils produced from woods and fruits. 

The woody oils come from Atlas Cedarwood and Sandalwood. They carry the energy of wood—strong, secure, and stable. I love using woodsy oils like this when I need extra emotional support, or if I’m going through a big change. 

The fruit oils come from the peels of Yuzu and Sweet Orange. They’re bright, energetic, and bursting with sunny energy! Fruits also contain a plant’s seeds, which carry new beginnings and inspiration. Isn’t it a beautiful metaphor to consider that the happiest energy contains the seeds of new beginnings?

This body oil offers you the emotional security and strength of wood, hand in hand with the sweet, positive energy of fruit!

Trees & Fruits Body Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 4 drops Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum album)
  • 3 drops Atlas Cedarwood essential oil (Cedrus atlantica)
  • 3 drops Yuzu essential oil (Citrus junos)
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle. Combine the ingredients in the bottle, close it up, and shake gently to blend.

Trees & Fruits Body Oil

A few citrus notes!

Are you familiar with Yuzu? 

It’s a citrus fruit from Japan that looks a little like a small, bumpy orange. The Japanese have a tradition of using this fruit on the New Year to usher in new beginnings and vibrant health. 

Many citrus essential oils are phototoxic (meaning that if you apply them to your skin and then expose that skin to sunlight, you could experience burns, blistering, or discoloration). Learn more about phototoxicity—including how to avoid skin reactions—on this post from our blog.

However, Yuzu is NOT phototoxic. And neither is Sweet Orange. That means this blend is sun-safe! Feel free to apply your body oil and spend time outside. 

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NOTE: Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) is on the endangered list. It's a good idea to ask your supplier how their oil is sourced and produced. Aromatics International gets their Cedrus atlantica from a plantation that uses sustainable practices, so the wood isn't taken from the wild. (Just like Sandalwood, there are plantations that grow Cedrus atlantica with fully sustainable harvesting methods.) It's exciting to see this type of conservation and sustainability making a positive impact!  We can also suggest using Juniperus virginiana instead of Cedrus atlantica.

Mojay, G. (1997) Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press

Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

Topics: Sandalwood, how to use orange essential oil, how to use yuzu essential oil, essential oils for emotional support, how to make a body oil, blending by plant part, blends for emotional support, atlas cedarwood

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