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How to Make Better Essential Oil Blends for Friends & Family

How to make better essential oil blends for friends & family

Four science-based tips for choosing the best oils for your blends

Every day, the Aromahead Team receives emails from people who want to help a family member or friend with essential oils, but don’t feel confident.

They aren’t sure which oils to blend with.

We always answer with suggestions based on science.

That’s because it’s an essential oil’s CHEMISTRY that determines its therapeutic effects.

In this post, you’ll get an overview of why there’s more than one oil for every purpose, and four examples of how to choose the ideal oils to make blends for others. 

Essential oils & their components are versatile

Because every essential oil contains a wide variety of chemical components, each oil is versatile. 

And a single chemical component can have multiple effects—making the oils even more multi-purpose.

For example, we might suggest using a linalool-rich oil for relaxation . . . or for calming painful inflammation. Linalool is effective at both. 

Many times, there’s no “one perfect oil” for an aromatherapy blend.

That’s why taking the time to understand the chemistry
of essential oils gives you the confidence
to make successful blends when you need to.

That said, here are a four simple chemistry tips to help you make better choices for friends and family in a pinch. 

Please note this short list is NOT comprehensive! (There is far too much information about chemistry to fit in a single post.) We just want to give you a way to think about essential oils that goes deeper than aroma.

If you want to . . .

  • Calm inflammation and pain
    Look for oils rich in linalool.
    A few examples are:
    • Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
    • Bergamot Mint essential oil (Citrus bergamia)
    • Clary Sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea)

  • Decongest and support respiratory health
    Look for oils rich in 1,8-cineole.
    A few examples are:
    • Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
    • Ravintsara essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8-cineole)
    • Saro essential oil (Cinnamomum fragrans)

  • Reduce germs and the potential for infection
    Look for oils rich in citral. (But note that citral can irritate skin and mucous membranes. Use only 2 or 3 drops of citral-rich oils per 1 oz/30 ml of carrier oil.)
    A few examples are:
    • Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus ct. rhodinol)
    • Melissa essential oil (Melissa officinalis)
    • Lemon Myrtle essential oil (Melaleuca teretifolia)

  • Boost optimism and energy
    Look for oils rich in d-limonene.
    A few examples are:
    • Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
    • Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
    • Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia)

The art & science of aromatherapy 

There’s a science to aromatherapy that becomes an art, based on the choices you make.

Understanding this science frees you—it gives you confidence and allows you to make more creative, powerful blending choices.

If you’re interested in becoming an aromatherapy expert, check out the curriculum in our Aromatherapy Certification Program. We’ve helped thousands of students from all around the globe become Certified Aromatherapists—including complete beginners with essential oils, and experienced practitioners.

And thank you for following The Aromahead Blog!

It’s inspiring that you’re interested in understanding WHY aromatherapy works, so you can get better at using essential oils to help the people in your life.

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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!

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