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How to Blend Your Own Essential Oils

Learn how to use carrier oils like cacao butter and sea buckthorn oil to create homemade essential oils for DIY aromatherapy treatments.

| November 2015

  • Aromatherapy for Sensual Living book cover
    In "Aromatherapy for Sensual Living: Essential Oils for the Ecstatic Soul," author and holistic healer Elana Millman guides readers through the practice of aromatherapy, from making your own essential oil blends to applications for beauty, health and lifestyle.
    Cover courtesy Skyhorse Publishing
  • Before creating an essential oil blend, it's important to consider what effect you want your DIY aromatherapy to have.
    Photo by William Praniski
  • Carrier oils are unscented oils or fats that will make your essential oil formula last longer. Some, such as carrot seed oil or seabuckthorn oil, can be used medicinally, or for skin care.
  • Small essential oil bottle with dish
    Blending essential oils is an art form. However, through some simple techniques and knowledge of carrier oils, it can be surprisingly easy to make fully-formed blends.
    Photo by William Praniski
  • Mountain vista
    Blending essential oils with ingredients like cacao butter and hemp seed oil is one way to connect to the healing elements of nature.
    Photo by William Praniski

  • Aromatherapy for Sensual Living book cover
  • Small essential oil bottle with dish
  • Mountain vista

With a shift toward more natural and organic remedies, aromatherapy is quickly becoming a staple for those who want to empower their health and radiate natural beauty. In Aromatherapy for Sensual Living: Essential Oils for the Ecstatic Soul (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015) author and holistic healer Elana Millman teaches the how, where and why of this ancient healing art. This section on blending your own essential oils comes from the chapter "Distill the Essence, Blend the Juice."

How to Blend Essential Oils

Blending is an art form. It can take years to develop your nose to know which oils blend well together, which ones can take over a blend, or which oils that should never be used for blending. However, it can be surprisingly easy to make a fully formed blend using some very simple techniques and high quality, medicinal-grade essential oils (from companies like Pur Frequency). The best way to get better at anything is through practice and persistence. If your blend smells less than outstanding, allow 24 hours for the oils to mix and mingle and then go back to it. Sometimes it only needs one more drop of a base note, a hint of lavender, or a lift of a top note to make it sing.

I admit that, through my aromatic love affair, there have been occasions when the mix got too heavy or confusing and I had to give up on the blend. That’s okay. It’s the path of learning. Very few, if any, people are natural talents on their first try. Give yourself permission to not be perfect on the first round, or ever. Let yourself play. Play is the fountain of youth! Essential oils are patient, loving teachers eager to show you their ways.

There are some basic rules I encourage you to follow when starting on your sensual aromatherapy adventure, even though I am not one to follow the rules. However, start with my recommendations, and once you’re comfortable with the basics and safety protocols, and understand how oils blend together and with different carriers, you’ll be blending up magic that will make hearts and loins flutter.

Use this blending information in a way that works for you. If you want a deeply grounding blend, use three base notes and one top note for levity. If you’re feeling angry and agitated, use mostly top and middle notes with just one drop of a base. If you’re feeling out of balance, use mostly middle notes with one top and one base note. The more you use them, the more comfortable you’ll be working with them in different strengths and combinations. Trust that aromatherapy is quite safe and there for you to use for health, hot love, and exquisite beauty (with a modicum of knowledge and discretion).

Please follow the rules for internal consumption. Essential oils are very strong and have potent medicinal effects. One to two drops is more than sufficient in a single dose.

3/29/2016 1:00:07 PM

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and all the meds I take have done a number on my skin. I was introduced to essential oils by a friend who sells for a company which I will not name but I find the kit they sell is a bit pricy even at the wholesale rate. How do I know how much is too much and can you guide me the best options to buy the oils. Oh, thanks for the info on carrier oils.

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