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Blending Essential Oils


For those of you who wish to know how to blend essential oils, this section is for you. Here you will learn to blend by group, by effect and by note.

To learn to blend for particular symptoms and Ailments be sure to buy our Aromatherapy course "Foundations in Aromatherapy" Level I

Blending Essential Oils by Group

When blending Essential Oils there are a few things which need to be taken into consideration in order for it to be pleasing to you or your customer. I will try to explain as succinctly as possible as I tend to overdue my explanations sometimes ;-)

In the realm of blending there are three major regulators:
  • The Group
  • The Effect
  • The Value of the Note

(These rules are not carved in stone....they are general rules for blending for perfuming effects...If you are going for therapeutic effect, as in the practice of Aromatherapy, you would not blend necessarily in this manner....While we would still like our blend to smell nice, our end goal is totally different)



The Group

First, let's look at the different categories of Groups.
Basically Essential Oils can be divided into 7 groups which can be classified as
  1. Exotics
  2. Resins
  3. Spices
  4. Trees
  5. Herbs
  6. Citrus
  7. Flowers


blending group jpg


Each Essential Oil of a specific group will blend well together, for example all of the flowers blend with any other EO's in the flower group.

The Groups are arranged in a circle so that you can see at a glance that each group will blend well with the group next to it, either left or right, for example Lavender, a Flower, will blend equally well with Orange, a Citrus, or Patchouli, an Exotic, etc.



The Effects

Now let us look at Effects:
When blending we must keep in mind the effect of the blend...Do we want it to stimulate or calm etc. Usually it is best to keep our blends within the same categories if possible. I know that sometimes this is difficult but it is, like I said earlier, general practice, not hard and fast rules.

Effects are generally classified as:Stimulating or Calming
  • Stimulating would include:
  • Uplifting
  • Refreshing
  • Perky
  • Lively
  • Energizing
  • Invigorating
  • Hot etc.


Calming would include:
  • Sedating
  • Grounding
  • Balancing
  • Soothing
  • Relaxing
  • Supportive, etc.


Note:
Some Essential Oils are Calming and/or Stimulating depending on the dosage used.

So we can see from this that stimulating oils like Orange, a Citrus, would work better with Fennel, a stimulating Herb, rather than Marjoram, a calming herb , etc.



The Value of the Note

Lastly, let's look at Note.
For those of you who are musical, you will realize that certain notes played together is what makes harmony. The same is true of your Essential Oil Blend. You too can make a harmonious melody of your creations.
Essential Oils can be classified into three distinct notes:
    Top, Middle, and Base

  • Top Notes:
    have an airy quality to them. They are very light and dissipate quickly. Examples are: Orange, Peppermint, Ginger, etc.

  • Middle Notes:
    are a little heavier and hold the blend more steady. Examples are: Lemon grass, Palmarosa, Geranium etc.

  • Base Notes:
    are the heaviest note and is what gives your blend staying power. Examples are: Vetiver, Patchouli, Jasmine, etc.


I have included a chart which depicts the Groups, Effects and Notes of many Essential Oils. Hopefully this will help you to create that irresistible scent that others only dream of.

Happy Blending

Sharron

P.S. Don't forget that certain oils have contraindications. Check out the warnings page before using Essential Oils

Group

Essential Oil

Effect

Note

Citrus

Bergamot Stimulating, Calming, Balancing, depending on dosage Top

c

Citronella Soothing Top, Middle

c

Grapefruit Stimulating, Refreshing, Uplifting Top

c

Lemon Stimulating, Refreshing Top

c

Lemon grass Sedating, Soothing Top, Middle

c

Lime Uplifting Top

c

Mandarin Calming Top

c

Orange, Sweet Calming, Relaxing, Refreshing, Perky, Lively, Balancing depending on dosage Top

c

Tangerine Calming, Sedative, Soothing, Cheerful Top

c

Verbena Stimulating Top, Middle

Flowers

Chamomile Calming, Sedative Top, Middle

f

Geranium Stimulating, Balancing, Sedative Depending on dosage used Middle

f

Jasmine Sedative, Relaxant Middle, Base

f

Lavender Relaxing or Stimulant depending on dosage used Top, Middle

f

Neroli Calming, Soothing, Relaxing, Uplifting, Balancing, Middle

f

Rose Calming, Supportive Middle, Base

f

Violet Calming, Balancing Middle

Exotics

Palmarosa Uplifting, Rejuvenating Middle

e

Patchouli Sedating or Stimulating depending on dosage used Base

e

Sandalwood Relaxing, Balancing, Grounding Base

e

Vetiver Grounding, Balancing, Relaxing, Sedating Base

e

Ylang Ylang Relaxing Middle, Base

Resins

Benzoin Grounding Base

r

Camphor Stimulating, Balancing Base

r

Elemi   Middle, Base

r

Fir Needle Grounding Middle

r

Frankincense Calming, Centering Base

r

Galbanum Stimulating Middle

r

Guaiacwood   Middle

r

Myrrh Stimulating, Grounding Base

r

Vanilla Absolute Calming Middle, Base

Spices

Aniseed Stimulating Top, Middle

s

Bay Stimulating Top, Middle

s

Black Pepper Stimulating, Grounding Middle

s

Cardomon Stimulating Top, Middle

s

Cinnamon Invigorating, Hot Middle, Base

s

Clove Stimulating, Energizing Middle, Base

s

Coriander Stimulating, Uplifting Top

s

Ginger Stimulating Middle, Base

s

Nutmeg Calming, Sedating Middle

Trees

Cajeput Relaxing Top, Middle

t

Cedarwood Calming, Grounding, Balancing Middle, Base

t

Cypress Comforting, Soothing Middle, Base

t

Eucalyptus Stimulating Top

t

Juniper Stimulating Top, Middle

t

Myrtle Stimulating Middle

t

Niaouli   Top

t

Petitgrain Calming, Sedating Top, Middle

t

Pine Invigorating Middle

t

Rosewood Calming, Relaxing Middle, Base

t

Tea Tree Stimulating Top, Middle

Herbs

Angelica Stimulating Top

h

Basil Stimulating Top, Middle

h

Carrot Seed Stimulating Middle

h

Celery Stimulating Top, Middle

h

Clary Sage Calming, Balancing Top, Middle

h

Dill Stimulating Middle

h

Fennel Stimulating, Energizing Top, Middle

h

Hyssop Sedative, Stimulating, Balancing Middle

h

Marjoram, Sweet Calming, Sedating Middle

h

Peppermint Stimulating, Energy Top, Middle

h

Rosemary Stimulating Middle

h

Spearmint Calming, Stimulating Top

h

Thyme Stimulating, Energizing Middle



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